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Dixieland Ring has started this Feature Story section and will keep an index of stories sent to us. We offer this as a free service to the Southern Community and to the world in general. Any materials that are submitted to us will remain your property but will have to be submitted with a letter authorizing us to publish it free of charge. Full credit will be given to you for any submissions that are published, but we reserve the right to edit. Any editing will be sent back to you for your approval before your article or story is featured.
The subjects listed below are just ideas. There are no hard and fast guidelines yet established. If you have any ideas on any subject, whether listed or not, please feel free to submit it to us.
This is a new undertaking for us, and we are feeling our way. Please write to me with any advice or knowledge. I am more than just willing to listen . . . I want to hear from you on this.
CONFEDERATE TALES - Confederate war stories or stories of our soldiers returning home. This could include anything from a letter written by an ancestor or a tale passed down through your family. This section could include war, love, homesickness, or history. There are no limits here. Stories can be true and accurate historical accounts, or fiction thought up by the author. All stories, whether fiction or non-fiction should be factually correct with regard to time, place and actual events.
CHILD REARING - Discipline today is certainly different than when I was growing up. Few children that were brave enough express their unwanted opinions. There was much less child abuse, domestic violence and molestation. Parents were not afraid of their children and theywere the ones who ruled the household, not children, not TV, not video games or computers. We didn't talk back to our teachers, parents, or any elders. If you have a story pertaining to this, I'd like to have it.
FOOD, RECIPES, COOKING - Well Water, homemade bread, dumplings, pies, cakes, and so on. These items seem to have disappeared over the years in favor of bottled or filtered water, bread machines or packaged or frozen bread, frozen dumpling and pie crusts, cake mixes and you name it . . . it's all right there on the shelves. If you have input, please write them down.
RESPECT - Respect for elders, preachers, teachers, peers, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, the law, manners, animals, etc. Respect for elders, and especially females of any age - where I grew up, grandmothers were looked at with utmost respect. All older people (and that includes anyone older, period) were shown respect and good manners took precedence over all else. You might sock your best friend, brother, or worst enemy, but you didn't hit a girl for any reason. Women were expected to be ladies and if you acted like a lady, you were treated as a lady. I expect this stirs memories in most of us.
CHORES - Wash days and other special chores days, also assigned chores, and family chores - Saturdays seemed to be wash days at most homes. Each of us had our own chores to do and they got done. I wouldn't have wanted to be the one that neglected their chores. If you have a story about this, please send it.
MEDICAL - Home remedies, family doctors and medical stories - Our family doctor used to come by our house. A shot of penicillin would cure most ailments. Sometimes he would send his nurse. Either way . . . you could always expect a shot. My grandmother was forever mixing up concoctions for colds, fever, gout, arthritis, etc. How were things in your house?
FAMILY TRADITIONS, SOUTHERN EXPRESSIONS, FAMILY VALUES - For example in our house, it was a tradition that we all gather at my paternal grandmother's house for Thanksgiving. Every member was expected to be there, no excuses. It was traditional that we'd have a reunion each year. Expressions could be something as simple as "I'm fixin' to come over now" or "nary a cottingpickin' one." Each family has their own traditions and tales to tell. I'm sure that your traditions will bring some precious moments to us all. Family values were many. You were loyal to your family, your friends, and your church.
ODDITIES - Such as "my mother used to clean the house before the maid came so the maid wouldn't think she had a dirty house," or "we had to be sure of clean underwear, we might have an accident and wouldn't want to be caught with dirty underwear," or "don't cross your eyes, they might get stuck that way." Today maids seem to be pretty much a thing of the past, and some of our stories seem probably seem ancient to our children, yet they really weren't really all that long ago. Though only a few years, it seems like another lifetime.
STUDENTS - if you are a student and want to write, please feel free to write about any subjects. Also of interest would be stories such as: being mistreated because of your beliefs, whether Southern, religion or other. Awards, or notable mentions, essays or other items pertaining to Southern interests.
OTHER VERY IMPORTANT SUBJECTS - I'm not going to go into detail on all of the subjects that are available. You can draw your own conclusions. Each line will bring back a memory or similar experience with you. If you're too young for the memory or experience, the topic will still stir a yearning for something unknown, or a memory of a story told that needs to be retold. You do not have to write your story in one telling. You can right several stories on several topics, (preferred). I just want to try to capture the past and if anyone wants to compare it with the present or future . . . well, that's alright too.
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