Tag Archives: Southern Gothic

Chapter 92: Scarlett Grows Up

Some women, in every man’s life are unforgettable. Lavinia Randolph will always be one of those girls for me…. She was a force of nature.   From band days in High School through most of the next 25 years of … Continue reading

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Chapter 91: The Evils of Water Proof Mascara

According to my Mother, water proof mascara did more to change the South than air conditioning. She was an old school Southern woman who believed you had to create a little magic each day as you went forth to play … Continue reading

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Chapter 87: The Click

There is special state of mind called the “click.” It’s hard to describe it. It’s that brief, ephemeral moment you achieve when you have had just the right amount- not too much, not too little- to drink. The “click” is … Continue reading

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Chapter 83: Comrades in Arms

It seems every generation has their wars; some are just more obvious than others. I’ve been reading a biography of the poet Siegfried Sassoon and studying the British “War Poets” of the First World War.  Stories of young men struggling … Continue reading

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Chapter 79: Old Acquaintances

One of the great things about this blog and being on Facebook has been connecting with old friends.  And learning which people are truly “friends” and which are “acquaintances.” There are people I barely know or still have never met, … Continue reading

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Chapter 78: Reclaiming the VEQ

There has been an off and on effort in the Gay Community for years to reclaim certain derogatory terminology and make it acceptable to the Gay Community. The first and foremost example of this is the word “Faggot”.  Larry Kramer … Continue reading

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Chapter 76: The Taj-MaTitty

I’m fascinated by the Taj-MaTitty and I don’t quite know why… The Taj-MaTitty is what I call one of our local “adult establishments” that I drive by every time I go to Costco.  It’s a big pink and white building … Continue reading

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Chapter 75: The Lessons of Scarlett O’Hara and Maggie the Cat

No one ever understood Southern sexual politics better than Tennessee Williams.  But given the time in which he produced his work, some points had to be made subtlety and  obliquely…and much can be read into his work and that’s a … Continue reading

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For Those Who Think I Make All This Stuff Up…..

I know some people think I make all this up… Not true!  It’s all based on real life experience…. As evidence, here is actual Facebook page dialogue from a page devoted to memories of growing up in Danville, Virginia…. I … Continue reading

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Chapter 74: Big Fat Southern Weddings: Part 4

My sister’s reception was at the “Last Capital of the Confederacy.”  The Sutherlin Manson in Danville, Virginia. Since we weren’t members of the Golf Club and neither my Mother or Sister were members of the Wednesday Club, options were limited. … Continue reading

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