I am a prime example of “the exception to the rule.”

I was born and raised in the American South, where my family’s history has been recorded since 1730 (and farther back according to family lore), who has been in a bi-racial marriage to a first-generation American for over 20 years (we even have three kids). Yep, my kids are second-generation Americans who have belonged to the CAR (Children of the American Revolution).

I am a former teacher who thinks the NEA (National Education Association, the largest labor union in the US) is one of the greatest threats to national security we have (another Tale for another day). My favorite subjects are history and literature (because I LOVE a good story!), I love the whys and wherefores of language, and I am a stickler for grammar that would make Lynne Truss and G. Gordon Liddy proud.

I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could. I wouldn’t dream of living anywhere else (except maybe New Zealand–sorry folks, just couldn’t resist a shout-out to some good friends. If you have to ask, ignore the last.)

I am a city gal. I’ve lived in the country and have decided that although it’s a nice place to visit, I just can’t live in it. If you love the country, more power to you. I love it too, but not enough to live in it. I just can’t handle having to drive for an hour to get to a Barnes and Noble, much as I love to drive.

I come from a long line of yellow-dog Democrats (I have a great-uncle on one side of the family and a great-grandfather on the other side who were state legislators in the first half of the 20th century), but I am a die-hard Reagan Conservative. Notice I did not say “Republican.” I am thoroughly disgusted with both parties. To paraphrase former Georgia Governor and Senator Zell Miller, I didn’t leave either the Democrat party or the GOP. They left me.

I am the product of a 100 percent public school education who graduated with honors from high school and from one of the finest 4-year colleges in the country. I am also a born-again Christian (converted in adulthood) who believes that the original Scriptures are the true and inerrant Word of God. Any inconsistencies you may think you find in your translation are caused by human error by transcribers or translators. The Theory of Evolution is just that–a theory (and flawed at that, beginning with its violation of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics). Quit pushing it as fact.

Despite what you read above, I love a good laugh! Just don’t make fun of God. I have no problem with clean jokes about people. (Notice I said CLEAN! Clean jokes require intelligence, a command of vocabulary, and rapier wit. Any idiot can get a snicker with bathroom humor or a potty mouth. When it comes to laughs, it’s not the having, it’s the getting.) My all-time favorite comedian was Jack Benny, but I appreciate quips ranging from some of George Carlin and Monty Python to Bill Cosby; to the early incarnations of Saturday Night Live, and oh! How I miss the Carol Burnett Show and the classic BritComs like Are You Being Served? and Keeping Up Appearances!

Have I ticked everyone off yet? I hope not, because the most frequent comments I hear about myself are my “niceness” and my “sick sense of humor.” Stick around, folks! You may laugh, you may cry, you may rage at the machine, you may even scratch your head while accessing your thesaurus (most computers these days have one!), but it is my intention that you never be bored! Let’s see what’s out there, shall we?


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