Musical Tuesday

Recently, I’ve been working on a project about country music’s portrayal of patriotism. This project was very fun and interesting to research! (I’ll share more later.)

So, in honor of Memorial Day coming up in a few weeks, I thought I’d share one of my favorite songs that I looked at for the project. Here is Toby Keith’s American Solider. 

Source: YouTube

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Growing Up Southern

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You can’t imagine living anywhere but the South.

I recently came across the article “37 Thing Growing Up in the South Taught You” from The Odyssey. The article lists 37 unique things about this region of the United States. There are some items I agree with and others I think could have been written better.

So, instead of rewriting the list (that will be another post in a few days), I picked out a few of my favorites to share with y’all:

1. The importance of calling your momma.

2. The beauty of sweet tea.

3. Fried chicken is the best kind of chicken.

4. If a man doesn’t open the door for you on the first date, dump him.

5. You are never too old to go home for just a weekend… or just a meal.

To view the complete list, visit: http://theodysseyonline.com/baylor/37-things-growing-south-taught/92062 .

The Etiquette of “Thank You” Notes

It is an old Southern tradition to write a “thank you” note for, well, just about anything. We write them to thank a person for their hard-work, birthday or Christmas present they gave us, the cake they baked for us, and so on and so on.

You might think it is pretty simple to write a “thank you” note. However, did you know that all notes need to be handwritten, no matter how many you have (trust me, I’ve spent my week writing over 20 for a recent event), and did you know that there is an appropriate amount of time to thank someone, before it’s too late?

Brush up on your “thank you” note etiquette with these five quick steps.

1: Send your thank yous” quickly: two to three weeks after the occasion is perfect timing. Eight weeks is the latest you should send them out.

2: Write your notes on stationary: it is better to use a personalized set and absolutely no notebook or scrap paper.

3: “Thank you very much” should be said only once: be careful not to over thank them.

4: It’s okay to print addresses onto labels to save time; however, if you can hand-write them, the better.

5: The message should be brief and to the point: make sure to point out the reason you are writing the note, the occasion, the gift specifically, and why it’s special and important to you. Never refer to gifts as “money” nor their amounts.

Happy Constitution Day!

On September 17, 1787, delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the U.S. Constitution, a constitution that established a national government, fundamental laws, and guaranteed certain basic rights for all citizens. 227 years later, America is still celebrating this historic day.

Did you know the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation, was ratified in 1781, but its powers were limited? Brush up on your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and events surrounding that day on http://www.history.com/topics/constitution.

While you are at it, enjoy a little “School House Rock.” I mean, can’t everyone still sing “I’m just a bill, sitting here on Capitol Hill?”

Your Backstage Pass to the Grand Ole Opry

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be backstage at one of country music’s historic venues? Now, you can find out, thanks to a new book.

‘Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry’ gives country music fans a look what it’s like to be backstage and is told through the eyes of some of country music’s icons. 

Opry member Garth Brooks says ““No offense at all to the people sitting in the seats, but the real show is backstage.” Other stories include Carrie Underwood’s running into Loretta Lynn and Vince Gill’s time with Roy Acuff.

The book will be released on March 15 by the Grand Ole Opry. The release date coincides with the Opry’s 40th anniversary of its permanent home, the Grand Ole Opry House. It will be available for purchase Opry.com and Opry Nashville retailers. 

Source: http://theboot.com/backstage-at-the-grand-ole-opry/

Apple Pie Bites

I’m a sucker for anything apple pie, but who isn’t? Below is a new spin on the classic American dessert. Enjoy, y’all!

Apple Pie Bites:

Ingredients:

1 can crescent rolls

8 apple slices

cinnamon

sugar

Directions:

1. Sprinkle the unrolled crescent roll with a combination of cinnamon and sugar.

2. Place the apple slice at one end and roll up.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes.

Enjoy!

#JFK50

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.” – President John F. Kennedy 

50 years ago today, America lost a great man and a great president. At the age of 46, John F. Kennedy died from gunshot wounds in Dallas, Texas. 50 years later, America is still mourning his death and celebrating his legacy.

Throughout today, all major news networks are broadcasting special coverage on the heartbreak America experienced on November 22, 1963.

Days like today show the true patriotism and unity Americans have for their country. I hope you spend some time today to watch Toby Keith and friends singing “America the Beautiful” and remember the legacy JFK left for our country. Please excuse the blurriness of the video. Just like any day when  a horrible event happened,  where were you the day Kennedy was shot?

Video Credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM1LTTTAX7M

All My Ex’s Live in Texas…Or At Preschool Graduation

Preschool graduations are always full of fun, laughter, memories, and George Strait. At his preschool graduation in 2011, one four year old ceased his moment in the spotlight. Once he finished reciting the Bible, he started singing “All My Ex’s Live in Texas.” Looks as if we have a future comedian or country singer here. Happy Friday!

Video Credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIvupevIc44

Happy Veteran’s Day

“American veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded upon more than 230 years ago.” -Steve Buyer 

Happy Veteran’s Day! A huge thank you to all of our veterans who have scarified and fought for our country! In honor of today, I have complied a list of my 5 favorite country songs that give gratitude to our men and women in uniform. Feel free to add your favorite below! 

5. “Arlington” Trace Adkins 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJO7lJIxG10

4. “Some Gave All” Billy Ray Cyrus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydWhRObVxrM

3. “I’m Already There” Lonestar 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jm5gfuT9Z4

2. “If You’re Reading This” Tim McGraw 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgvP3S8c6nE

1. “Letters from Home” John Michael Montgomery 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X75sVw0xH2c

 

Don’t Mess with Texas

“There’s a yellow rose in Texas that I am gonna see. Nobody else could miss her, not half as much as me.” The song, The Yellow Rose of Texas, has always been one of my favorites! Moma used to sing it to me, growing up and called me her yellow rose of Texas. Just call me a Texas belle.

Ok, you might be thinking “Isn’t she a North Carolina belle?” Yes, I am; however, I was born in Texas. My daddy was in the Army and stationed at Fort Hood at the time I was born.  Even though, I didn’t get a good sense of living in the Lone Star state (I was only two months old when my family moved back to NC) Texas will always hold a special place in my heart.  After all, you don’t mess with Texas.