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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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    Shane Gilreath

    Shane Gilreath
    Writer/historian Shane Gilreath is a lifelong Southerner, with an ever growing repertoire, including news, government, and interpretive history. He is twice an author, was editor of The Evangel, and wrote the syndicated column "Under the Kudzu," a conservative Southerners take on world affairs. Shane calls himself a traditionalist and a sports-aholic, listing politics and cultures as particular interests. He's an award winning business owner and a graduate of Cumberland College.
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      Southern Tradition

      History, Home, and Haints: Halloween in the South

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Oct 13, 2011
      History, Home, and Haints:  Halloween in the South

      With McCrearyFest – our annual Octoberfest celebration – over in my hometown, that can only mean one thing:  it’s just about Halloween.  I’m already hearing kids chirping about costumes and candy and haunted houses and carving pumpkins.  It’s just around the corner.

      I always think, though, that Halloween in the South is bound to be different than in other parts of the country, because, one, it tends to be a little warmer, and, two – well, if nothing else – we tend to have a higher propensity of religious fundamentalists, who denigrate the holiday as “evil.”  This, of course, might date back to some of the American origins of the observance.

      Southern Religion

      Southern Baptists Seek Name Change

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Oct 7, 2011
      This maps shows the dominance of the Southern Baptist Convention across the South

      In the age of political correctness, another institution wants to run from its slave-holding past.  This time, it’s the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), saying it’s too identified with one region, and wants the denomination — already the largest Protestant denomination in the United States — to expand.  To do that, the religious organization wants to drop “Southern” from its title, and re-brand itself with an all new name, despite the issue needing to pass two consecutive annual  conventions, which it has failed to do on several occasions.

      Indeed, such a split can be credited with the initial foundations of the SBC.

      Southern People

      Judd Memoir Shows Classic, Southern Tour de Force

      by | 0, Add your Comment | May 15, 2011
      All That’s Bitter and Sweet - a memoir by Ashley Judd

      After surviving a life of rigorous ups and laborious downs, it’s no wonder Kentuckian Ashley Judd had the strength to conquer Tinseltown. But now, it seems, she’s taken that same passion and set her sights on conquering something much bigger: the world. At least, that is, to thoroughly use the prominence Hollywood gave her to leave an impact  in her wake. In chronicling her own battles, and those of others, in her recently published memoir, Judd proves herself a living example of survival.

      In All That’s Bitter and Sweet, Judd details life in frank fullness; from her days in the small town South to squalors of despair all around the world. “I’ve always had,” Judd writes, “an intense sense of righteous indignation and an urge to speak for the voiceless and oppressed…”

      Southern News

      Southerners Brace for More Historic Floods

      by | 0, Add your Comment | May 12, 2011
      Southerners Brace for More Historic Floods

      As flooding moves southward toward Mississippi and Louisiana, Southerners living in the Delta area are preparing for the worst, particularly the flatlands that stretch about 200 miles from Memphis to Vicksburg. In Louisiana, 21 parishes have already issued emergency declarations in advance of the river’s cresting, expected to begin next week in the state, Gov. Bobby Jindal said from Baton Rouge.

      In the meantime, Kentucky and Tennessee continue to be vulnerable.

      Southern Hats

      Hats Off: The Kentucky Derby Highlights a Southern Tradition

      by | 3, Add your Comment | May 6, 2011
      Hats Off:  The Kentucky Derby Highlights a Southern Tradition

      Headdress has gotten a lot of attention since Saturday, when Princess Beatrice of York’s arrival at the royal wedding made millinery a staple of personal conversations. “British women are brave,“ wrote one pseudo-social critic for yahoo.com. But as sure as it should be no surprise that hats are used as individual style statements, it neither should be a surprise that hats are seen at weddings or when cheering on one’s favorite thoroughbred, as will be seen this Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville for the running of the 137th Kentucky Derby. Ladies’ hats are not only steeped in tradition, they’re also said to be good luck.

      With the recent royal wedding in London, where hats were a requirement for attendees, and the upcoming Kentucky Derby, where hats are a traditional and cultural staple, one has little doubt of this truth.

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