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Real Southern Rules: Cane Pole Fishin’

The only way you could simplify fishing any more than using a cane pole would be to just tie a line on a stick. But an oak branch or maple sapling could never capture the perfectly pragmatic spirit of the cane pole.

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Stomping on Toes: The New Tennie Shoes Syndrome

The worst thing that could ever happen to a boy in my coastal Alabama elementary school was to get a new pair of shoes.

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If I Hadn’t Stopped: Conversations from the Walmarts

“It’s a heady thing to have someone’s entire life story dumped in your lap while standing in frozen foods.”

Read Wayne Franklin’s account of his encounter with a down-on-his-luck Southern man at “the Walmarts.”

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The Great Dog Experiment of 2011

In the annals of great Southern experiments, there are many failures. Add to that list the recent attempt of the Franklin family to get a new pet, a.k.a The Great Dog Experiment of 2011, a.k.a The Christmas of Disappointment.

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Take That, Thanksgiving!

I know it has become fashionable to rant and rave about Christmas encroaching on Thanksgiving’s territory, but don’t be surprised if I mock you for espousing that sentiment. If history has taught us anything, it’s that Thanksgiving is a cruel, evil holiday that is slowly trying to kill me and my family.

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Bondye Bon

RSM Jerrod Brown looks back on the April 27 tornadoes – and a whole slew of other disasters – to embrace a new approach to life: Bondye Bon.

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Southern Living reminds us “What Stands in a Storm”

This week, Southern Living’s August issue hits newsstands with special coverage of the aftermath of April’s tornadoes that tore through the heart of the South.

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Real Southern Men Bring the Funny

Yesterday, we shared with you the best of our musings about Southern life, family and our own histories. Today, we go the other way. Southern storytelling has a long history of humor, peppered with hyperbole, wit and sarcasm, sweetened with a heaping spoonful of gentility. Like good Southern cooking, it’s complex – savory and sweet.

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Real Southern Men Get Personal

It’s Best Of Week here on RSM. Next up is a collection of our best personal essays, memoirs and recollectin’. We Southerners love to tell stories. And our best stories are the ones that hit closest to home, the ones that show a healthy mix of wry humor and introspection.

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