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"SNIPPETS columns make fun reading because Beth Jacks is always ready to laugh at herself and then move on from there, lifting the ordinary to a new and unique perspective or reducing the pompous with a few strokes of common sense." - John Howell, publisher, The Batesville Panolian



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"Snow in the South is wonderful. It has a kind of magic and a mystery that it has nowhere else. And the reason for this is that it comes to people in the South not as the grim, unyielding tenant of Winter’s keep, but as a strange and wild visitor from the secret North."
- Thomas Wolfe

"I saw it at night. It got dark and it was December and those lights came on and I said, ‘Gosh, I must be in heaven.’ Then a mosquito bit me and I knew I wasn’t."
-- Joe Sampite,
on his first visit to
Nachitoches, Louisiana

"Do not ever give a Queen a home appliance as a gift. Period. The end."
-- Jill Conner Browne,
“The Sweet Potato Queen’s
Book of Love”

"Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is our friends and family wreathed in smiles."
-- Unknown

"The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others' burdens, easing others' loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas."
-- W. C. Jones

“Whatever our theme in writing, it is old and tried. Whatever our place, it has been visited by the stranger, it will never be new again. It is only the vision that can be new; but that is enough.”
-- Eudora Welty

"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month."
-- Harlan Miller

"Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart, filled it too with a melody that would last forever."
-- Bess S. Aldrich

“The South always makes good reading. It features the virtues and vices, writ large, of the nation as a whole. It's good entertainment. It's high drama.”
-- Fred Hobson

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"If you want to, you can say that Southern humor deals with typical concerns of the region: dirt, chickens, defeat, family, religion, prejudice, collard greens, politics and diddie wah diddie. But are not these concerns, boiled down, pretty much like everybody else's?"
- Roy Blount Jr.

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Updated Dec/05

~Winter '05 Featured Articles~


    * Charles Dowdy, Jr. -
      Cub Scouts and a Bad Tenderfoot

    * Carl Bartlett -
      Dance Like No One Is Watching

    * Dave Hovey -
      New Boots

    * Gene Owens -
      Cowboy Crimm and Dixie Exactitudes

    * Wayne L. Carter -
      Thaxton Christmas

    * Bill Fullerton -
      A Special Christmas Present

    * Dana Sieben -
      Christmas Eve

    * Lonnye Sue Pearson -
      Procrastination is making me crazy!

    * Newt Harlan -
      The Pony

    * Gilda Griffith Brown -
      Mind Dancing

    * Kent Fletcher -
      Official Redneck

    * Eddie Draper -
      Coop Clucks Clan

    * Ray Maxie -
      A Country Kid’s Thorn in the Flesh

    * Tom Givens -
      Ben Johnson ~ actor

    * Randy Hill -
      Fried Okra

    * Gene Goodson -
      Rockin’ With Nanny

    * Steve West -

    * Alita DeBerry -
      Coden, Alabama ~ on the bayou

    * K. G. Sims -
      A Southerner’s Chicago

    * Ed Williams -
      How Sweet It Is!

    * Jackie Cooper -
      It’s All About Me

    * Ann Ipock -
      Sushi in the South

    * Michael Gafford -
      Christmas Journey ~ 1964

    * Jim Colasanti -
      My First Best Friend

    * Lorien Egidy -
      Southern Recipes

    * Larry Thompson -
      Chicken Team Roping

    * Eva Braswell -
      Christmas, 1953

    * Carolyn Bertram -
      Permanent Disabled

    * Phil Bratcher -
      Phil’s Recipes: Pesto

    * John Braswell -
      Excerpt: COOP

    * John Cother -
      Fear of Spiders

    * C. V. Manning -
      Excerpt: CYON ~ VERITAS

    * Melanie K. Wooten -
      My Southern Childhood

    * Aileen Ridings Bennett -
      The Kitchen Table

    * Carl Wayne Hardeman -
      Me and Mimi in the Garden

    * Kathy Rhodes -
      Pink Butterbeans

    * Dana Seith -
      Charming Charleston, SC

    * Dave Norris -
      It Was A Golden Day

    * Betty Beamguard -
      Arguing With A Snake

    * Beth Boswell Jacks -
      Oranges and Nuts

      Worst Little Christmas Pageant Ever!

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