Sunday, June 24, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I grew up in The Bible Belt and mainly Southern Baptist Country. As a young child, we went to church every single Sunday. Some of my earliest sermon memories are of the "fire and brimstone" style of preaching. Have you ever heard an old fashioned preacher use this style? I suppose the premise behind it was to scare the hell out of people in order to make them turn their lives over to God.
When I was five years old, I got in trouble for laughing at the preacher during a sermon. I just couldn't help it. His face was red and pouring sweat. He was screaming at the top of his lungs while jumping up and down and slapping his knees. You would think that this would have scared me, but I laughed out loud. My dad took me outside and gave me a spanking. Another incident happened when I was attending a different church. The preacher was preaching on the evils of believing in Santa Claus and the easter bunny. Many mothers covered their kids' ears when he belted out "There ain't no Santy Claus!"
I think that this old style of preaching has pretty much fizzled out even in the bible belt. What a relief! It was just so distracting to see someone acting in such a bizarre manner. Oh, and sometimes a preacher would have one of these types of sermons during a funeral!
I have a lot more to say on the topic of growing up Southern Baptist. I've been thinking about my beliefs alot lately. I can't blindly believe everything that I was taught as a child in the Southern Baptist Church. I am thankful that I was raised in church, even though I do question some things. I guess that's one reason I have trouble deciding what kind of church that I want to go to now. I found this interesting "what's your theology world view" quiz that actually helped me to think about what I really believe. http://quizfarm.com/test.php?q_id=43870
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Enjoy these memorable moments from movies and tv shows set in the South...
In "To Kill a Mockingbird", Atticus Finch teaches his children to do what's right through example. A quote from the movie...
What a great place to rest your bones and mighty fine for skippin' stones,
Whether it's hot, whether it's cool, oh what a spot for whistlin' like a fool.
We'll have no need to call the roll when we get to The Fishin' Hole, There'll be you, me, and Old Dog Trey, to doodle time away.
If we don't hook a perch or bass, we'll cool our toes in dewy grass,
Hangin' around, takin' our ease, watchin' that hound a-scratchin' at his fleas.
Come on, take down your fishin' pole and meet me at The Fishin' Hole,
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Have you ever heard anyone say "yuns" or "young'uns" ? Both of these terms evolved from "you ones" and "young ones" ....terms used in the dialects of the Scotch Irish ancestors who settled in the mountains and valleys of East Tennessee, long ago. Yuns is one word in my vocabulary that had really stuck around.
Just this week Muhammad Ali was awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities from Princeton University to honor his humanitarian efforts and his athletic achievements. He is truly an amazing person! He was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. I chose a Kentucky celebrity because Kentucky is the second Southern state where I lived for four years.
Did you know that Muhammad Ali was named Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. at birth? He was named after his father who was named for the 19th century abolitionist and politician. This is especially interesting to me because I attended Berea College which has ties to the abolitionist Cassius Clay. I'll do a post about that sometime.
In addition to his athletic accomplishments, he has devoted his life to helping people worldwide. Plus, he gives back to his home community as well. Please take a moment to read about the many ways that he has provided assistance to others. http://www.ali.com/greatest/
His daughter is one strong, beautiful woman. She has followed in her father's footsteps with boxing! She was recently a contestant on the show "Dancing With the Stars".
** Instead of my Sunday Celebrity Post, next week will be dedicated to Southern Daddies**
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Even though I love Southern foods such as biscuits & gravy and fried chicken, I certainly don't eat them all the time. My diet is probably partially to blame for my chubbiness, but lack of exercise is an even bigger part of it for me. It's been difficult to find time to exercise like I should, but I have started an exercise routine that I can do inside the house with the kids.
Did you know that Richard Simmons is from the South? He's spent his childhood in New Orleans.
I really love his exercise videos because he has real people of all sizes doing the workout with him. It's not a bunch of perfectly shaped people doing complicated routines. Once I checked out such a video from the library and it just discouraged me, and I couldn't do it. Richard Simmons makes exercise fun, and you can laugh while dancing those pounds away. Add in the extra hilarity of seeing an 18 month old little boy trying to do it too, and you've got it made! Both of my kids think it's the funniest thing.