I’ll be the first to admit I often struggle accepting, understanding and adapting to much of Southern culture. I’ve been living in South Carolina for more than 20 years and still find myself bemused, confused and even charmed by some of the customs and much of what many people say and do down here. I’ve lived and traveled in other parts of the country and abroad. I enjoy mixing with the locals and drinking in the culture wherever I go. My circle of family, friends and colleagues is made up of a good mix of people from all over the country, and even the world. But of all the places I’ve been, the South has a peculiar I-don’t-know-what about it that’s difficult to put into words. But, being a writer, I’m challenging myself to do just that.
So keep reading for my perspective on Southern food, language, customs and anything else that strikes me as curious, funny or interesting. I’m not here to make fun, but have fun while learning what makes this place and its people tick.
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As a teaser, I’ll let you know that we’ll be starting this off the way most of Dixie starts the day: with grits! See you at the breakfast table!