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Giving Up the Ghost Dance

Giving Up the Ghost Dance

This Advent I’m going Southern and weird for my daily devotional. I’ll be standing in this season of anticipation and light with a copy of Rodger Lyle Brown’s Ghost Dancing on the Cracker Circuit placed firmly in my hand. In the early 1990’s Brown traveled the southeastern United States visiting Mayberry Days, hillbilly festivals, and […]

Gardens, Guns, and the Law of Southern Identity

Gardens, Guns, and the Law of Southern Identity

This terrific reflection comes to us from Ginger M: I’ve never had a problem producing evidence that I am a Southerner. I was born and raised in southeast Tennessee around the corner from the site of a Civil War battle. As a little girl, my elderly babysitter told me “not to sass” her and Moonpies […]

Mockingbird at the Movies: <i>Junebug</i>

Mockingbird at the Movies: Junebug

A reflection/review from Mbird friend Russ Masterson (with maybe a little help from DZ). If you haven’t grabbed Russ’ new e-book 40 Days Without Food, what’s stopping you? While attending the Mockingbird Conference in NYC last spring, a fellow attendee rattled off all the under-the-radar movies he thought I should see. I remembered a few […]

The Action of Grace in a Territory Held Largely by the Devil: Flannery O'Connor's Mystery And Manners

The Action of Grace in a Territory Held Largely by the Devil: Flannery O'Connor's Mystery And Manners

As devastating as her fiction is, I find that the volume of Flannery O’Connor’s I return to most often is the collection of essays and speeches, Mystery and Manners. It is a glimpse behind the curtain of the highest order, in which the great author spells out not only some of her most deeply held […]