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From the Editor

On Southern Culture

We Southerners are a unique breed. Pride of place, manners bred into us from birth, the foods we eat, our bond with the land and our relationship with our family and friends make us who we are. Most practice true religion. For most of us football is nearly a religious experience.

Southern-style began as a genealogy website. It expanded to become a general interest website (generally anything I am interested in). Those interests evolved with the discovery that not only did this born and bred southerner have ancestors on the Mayflower and in Jamestown, signing the Magna Charta (on both sides) but among those Native Americans who originally inhabited these lands through both my mother's Vann line (Powhatan - Cleopatra and Opechancanough) but also through my father's Pettus line (Powhatan-Pocahontas and Kocoum).

You will see that history intrigues me, particularly the people and area in which I grew up, Southeast Alabama. Folks greet each other asking, "How's your mom an 'em?" Wondering how all those folks were related led me to doing lots of genealogy that many of you may find interesting. The same was true for Wilcox county, Alabama, my father's old stomping grounds and Escambia County, Alabama, where my mother was born, and now Bay County, Florida where my husband and I have retired. Of course, all of that took me back many generations and into the history and founding of this nation and those from which those ancestors came. This tapestry has threads that lead to fascinating people and their stories.

The discovery of my Native American heritage led to my novels, Swimming with Serpents and In Pursuit, published by Mercer University Press. I wondered what the world was like for my Cherokee 4th great grandmother. Finding Mayan DNA through Tribal DNA testing led to Mayans, Muscadine and Murder, one of my Mint Julep Mysteries. The Mint Julep Mysteries are set on a plantation inspired by my grandparents' home, Wakefield Plantation, in Furman, Wilcox County, Alabama now owned by my sister, cardiologist, Dr. Sylvia Burson Rushing and her husband Col. Tom Rushing.

I grew up in a privileged home, the daughter of a small town doctor and a stay at home mother who met my father after a World War in which my father served in the Philippines and my mother served as a nurse and earned a battle ribbon at the Battle of the Bulge. Mattie Martin, the black housekeeper who helped them raise their children, did much more than cook and keep house. She supported our parents in teaching us manners, morals and values and our place in the world. She was also the very best cook in town. The profound impact she made on me influenced my view of the world and the books I have written, including Mint Juleps and Murder, the second in the Mint Julep Mysteries. I combined the first three of that series in the Mint Julep Trilogy. Wakefield Plantation: Cookbook and Family History tells of the plantation that was the inspiration for those books.

If you have a wedding coming up you might enjoy reading about our daughter Brooke's home spun wedding. The Wedding Raising was a lot of fun! The "how to" might give you some ideas. I also share the Mother of the Groom perspective on a wedding as well.

Though my husband and I have reached a different stage of life now and have moved from the old family home in Dothan, Alabama, to Panama City, Florida, and our new adventure called retirement, I will continue to share with you more recipes and menus from my own Southern experience now with a Florida flair. 

I also threw in a few short stories you might enjoy. And do not neglect visiting the Inspiration pages. There's an interesting tale about Bear Bryant who was coach at the University of Alabama where I pledged Delta Delta Delta and my husband was a Pi Kappa Phi.

Welcome to this very personal view of the South. I hope you enjoy your visit.

SharmanRamsey Webmaster
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By the way, did I mention? My novels Swimming with Serpents and In Pursuit are available through KOBO, Independent Book Stores, Barnes and Noble, Mercer University Press, and Amazon. My cozy mysteries, the Mint Julep Mysteries, are available on Amazon as is Wakefield Plantation: history and cookbook of one southern family.







I am

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who sings
 a song of the South. 
My heart beats in unison
with its people,
my soul is soothed 
by the sighs of  the wind
as it drifts through the needles
of the arrow straight pines
standing sentinal against the back drop
of a cerulean sky.
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Other than my God, there is nothing more important to me than my family, my husband, three children and five grandchildren and their physical and spiritual well-being. I sincerely believe COMMON CORE and PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION present a serious danger. I hope you will take time to read a bit. I do have two degrees in education and experience that I submit to you for your own discernment to determine my credentials to cut through to the truth. If you share my concerns, share these articles, join me at the Panhandle Eagle Forum on Facebook, and/or join the National Eagle Forum..
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II have been writing a lot about COMMON CORE on my blog lately. Just thought I would give you a chance to read a bit if you like.


The Truth about Phonics that will Help You Help Your Child! Whole Language: A Fraud Perpetrated upon Our Students. One of Many?
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-truth-about-phonics-that-will-help.html

The Tragedy of the Math Mess and Another Way
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-tragedy-of-math-mess-and-another-way.html

The Reality of Bay District Schools. Only Fifty Percent Read Proficiently. Is there hope?
 https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-reality-of-bay-district-schools.html

The Four Period Day: Students as Guinea Pigs and Professional advancement for "innovators"
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-four-period-day-students-as-guinea.html

The Tale of Last Hope for Local Control
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/a-tale-of-last-hope-for-local-control.html

DEMONIC ROOTS TO COMMON CORE? VISIT YOUR CHILD'S THERAPEUTIC CLASSROOM.
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/demonic-roots-to-common-core-visit-your.html

THE GENEALOGY OF COMMON CORE: BILL GATES/UNESCO/ROBERT MULLER//ALICE BAILEY/LUCIS TRUST
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-genealogy-of-common-core-bill-gates_5.html

THE CHICAGO CONNECTION TO COMMON CORE
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/11/the-chicago-connection-to-common-core.html

does anybody really believe anymore? does anybody really care?
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/does-anybody-really-believe-anymore.html

Sounding the Alarm! Today's Therapeutic Classroom. What are you going to do about it?
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/does-anybody-really-believe-anymore.html

Spalding Writing Road to Reading and John Winston of Parks Elementary Natchitoches, Louisiana
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/spalding-writing-road-to-reading-and.html

RETARDING AMERICA THE IMPRISONMENT OF POTENTIAL
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2014/12/retarding-america-imprisonment-of.html

NOTE FROM ROBERT SWEET OF THE NATIONAL RIGHT TO READ FOUNDATION
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2014/10/note-from-robert-sweet-of-national.html

The DARE PROGRAM 20 years later.
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-dare-program-20-years-later-more.html

Merry Christmas! Meet Alliwishus, The Elf Mother Met at the Battle of the Bulge
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/merry-christmas-meet-alliwishus-elf.html

My Mother. My hero who won a Battle Ribbon at the Battle of the Bulge. December 16, 1944. A SCRAPBOOK LOOK FROM JEAN BRONSON GILLIS BURSON.
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/my-mother-my-hero-who-won-battle-ribbon.html

LEONARD COHEN HALLELUJAH PROJECT AT BAY HIGH SCHOOL AND ESTABLISHMENT RELIGION, SECULAR HUMANISM, IN OUR SCHOOLS
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/leonard-cohen-hallelujah-project-at-bay.html

WHY SHOULD CONSERVATIVES, CHRISTIANS AND THE THE FAITH COMMUNITY BE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS? SUBSCRIBE TO THE PANAMA CITY NEWS HERALD AND GET WASHINGTON POST FREE
http://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/why-should-conservatives-christians-and.html

PEACE EDUCATION? CONFLICT RESOLUTION? TEACHING TOLERANCE? COMMON CORE
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/peace-education-conflict-resolution.html

TRADITIONAL OR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION. DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE? HAS POLITICS AFFECTED YOUR CHILD'S MATH EDUCATION?
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/11/look-at-this-headline-and-now-according.html

RETARDING AMERICA THE IMPRISONMENT OF POTENTIAL
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2014/12/retarding-america-imprisonment-of.html

NOTE FROM ROBERT SWEET OF THE NATIONAL RIGHT TO READ FOUNDATION
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2014/10/note-from-robert-sweet-of-national.html

DELPHI TECHNIQUE, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENT CONVINCED A GULLIBLE PUBLIC TO BUY INTO COMMON CORE
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/11/so-what-is-thedelphi-technique-let.html

COMMON CORE: PORNOGRAPHY 101
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/11/common-core-pornography-101.html

MIDDLE SCHOOL AGENDA FOR SEXUAL ORIENTATION AS A PART OF MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/09/middle-school-agenda-for-sexual.html

BEHAVIOR MODELS ATTITUDES AND BELIEFS
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-protest-at-busy-intersection-near.html

CULTURE WAR AND COMMON CORE
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/11/culture-war-and-common-core.html

MATH WARS. ONCE AGAIN INTO THE FRAY
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2014/06/math-wars-once-again-into-fray.html

COMMON CORE MATH
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/11/common-core-math.html

SOCIAL STUDIES AND COMMON CORE
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/11/social-studies-and-common-core.html

TEACHERS AS LIBERATORS PRODUCE STUDENTS AS REVOLUTIONARIES: Whole Language Live On!
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/02/teachers-as-liberators-produce-students.html

RADICAL POSSIBILITIES: YOUR CHILDREN
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/11/radical-possibilities-your-children.html

Response to AL.Com article "Alabama Superintendent Proposal to Raise Academic Standards."
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/11/response-to-alcom-article-alabama.html

SECULAR HUMANISM IS NOW THE RELIGION OF OUR SCHOOLS
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/08/secular-humanism-is-now-accepted.html

COMMON CORE: THE EMPEROR IS WEARING NO CLOTHES
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/11/common-core-emperor-is-wearing-no.html

COMMON CORE=PETRI DISH FOR RADICALS
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/11/common-core-petri-dish-for-radicals.html

REVOLUTIONARY PEDAGOGY
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2014/06/revolutionary-pedagogy-or-so-you.html

Revolutionary Pedagogy: Or, so you thought reading, writing and calculating were why you sent your child to school?
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2014/06/revolutionary-pedagogy-or-so-you.html

EDUCATION TODAY:

Politics, Profits, Position, Power, and Prejudice published 1995
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/02/education-today-politics-profits.html

CAPSTONE EDUCATION (UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA) AND MY CONCERNS
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2015/01/capstone-educator-and-concerns.html

CONFLICT RESOLUTION OR POLITICAL INDOCTRINATION?
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/02/conflict-resolution-or-political-and.html

DELPHI TECHNIQUE, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, AND THE EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENT CONVINCED THE GULLIBLE NATION TO BUY INTO COMMON CORE
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/11/so-what-is-thedelphi-technique-let.html

WHO DO WE HOLD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE FAILURE OF OUR SCHOOLS?
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/02/so-who-do-we-hold-accountable-parents.html

PUBLIC EDUCATION SHOULD EMPOWER PARENTS
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/02/public-education-should-empower-parents.html

CONSPIRACY THEORIES IN EDUCATION
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/02/conspiracy-theories-in-education-truth.html

THE CIVIL WAR IN EDUCATION
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-civil-war-in-education-why-we.html

SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/01/solve-problems-of-public-schools-hope.html

TAKE A KNEE
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2016/12/take-knee.html




Copyright 1996. The genealogy file are my own working files and should be considered only as a starting place for your own research.