What Does Actin Ugly Mean? Talk Southern to Me Episode 5

Welcome back to Episode 5 of Talk Southern to me! This week we will answer the question : “What does actin ugly mean”? This is one of those phrases that for some reason I never realized was Southern-specific! I guess I just thought everyone everywhere in America knew what “Actin Ugly” or “Ugly-acting” meant and used it in everyday conversation just like we as Southerners do. It’s such a vital phrase that I didn’t even realize it wasn’t universally understood, as I readily realize others are not. My children are told to stop actin ugly at least once a day, and they use the phrase to describe the bad behavior of other kids (or adults, as the case may be). That toddler you saw throwing a fit in Target because he couldn’t have a toy he wanted? He’s actin ugly. A woman losing her ever-loving-mind on a saleswoman for not being fast enough? She’s actin ugly, bless her heart. See, in the South we describe the behavior and inward personality of a person just as we would describe their physical appearance. If someone acts ugly it has a way of making them look less pretty on the outside, no matter…

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What is a Pulley Bone? Talk Southern to Me Episode 4

It’s time for this week’s episode of Talk Southern to Me, and today we are looking at the meaning of “Pulley Bone”. What is a Pulley Bone? So keep in mind that if you want to break the wishbone or want to eat what some believe to be the best part of a fried chicken, call dibs on the pulley bone when you’re in a Southern eating establishment or at a get-together down here! For more lessons on Southern speech, come back next week for a new episode of Talk Southern to Me, and check out past lessons!

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Happiness Is… Project 52 Week 2

This week’s installment of Project 52 is entitled “Happiness Is…”, and it’s been a hard decision on what I want to photograph because I equate so many things with being happy. It finally dawned on me that I would be better off choosing a subject that embodies happiness rather than simply taking a shot of something that makes ME happy, like Scotch or a sunset. Not only does this picture of my dog, Reata, make me happy, she simply radiates happiness! Look at that little face… she loves her self-declared job of protecting the car (or our house… don’t ever just walk up on our property) from any bad guys that might try to break in while I’m away, and is extremely protective of me. Seeing her waiting in the car for me,on patrol from the passenger’s seat, after I’m done walking the kids into school each day makes my heart happy. It also reminds me that when you love what you do that happiness will grow inside of you and warm the hearts of those around you. Her company is always appreciated; she’s a loving, silent companion that loyally sits by my feet without complaint as I write and…

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