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“Dangerous Southern Writing” by Cynthia A. Lovely

IN MY WORDS – Southern writers like to use catchy phrases for their unique style. Southern Fried Fiction, Southern Tales of Sweet Tea Days, etc. They all sound innocent, warm and friendly with a “bless your heart” drawl in the background. Don’t be fooled. Southern writers can be downright dangerous.

My husband and I were traveling home from Long Island last weekend. It was later in the evening on a lovely summer day and everyone, EVERYONE decided to go out at the same time.

Traffic was bumper to bumper and no matter what parkway or bridge we aimed for, it was all backed up. Grand Central Parkway: cars were lined up for miles. Cross Island Parkway: traffic would move for about 3 minutes then come to an abrupt halt. Whitestone Bridge: yeah, we’d get across it eventually, hopefully before the Second Coming. Though that would certainly have lifted us out of it in a flash.

We finally reached a point where cars were moving along at a decent pace. I settled back and begin catching up on emails. “Hey, Connie’s got a new blog post up, want me to read it to you?” Dwayne nodded, happy to have some comedic diversion to our long stressful travels. So…I read it out loud.

About my crazy dazed TN gal and her views on the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference. We were both laughing, agreeing that yes, Connie had spent some tulip-tiptoeing time and definitely worked hard at restful retreating. (I couldn’t even find her one day because she escaped to Black Mt. and hunted through boutiques, coffee shops and what not before slipping back into Ridgecrest under cover) So here we are sailing down the highway and laughing it up but really, it was the last line of her blog that almost put us into the river. Dwayne swerved, I yelled and all was well, we were back on the road.

Oh yeah, I know you’re wondering about that last line. Check it out at 

Just be careful.



  1. I’m so sorry,but I,in no way, take responsibility for that almost accident!

    Comment by Connie Clyburn — June 19, 2017

  2. I followed that with a smiley face so all would know I was “just funnin”, but it didn’t post..

    Comment by Connie Clyburn — June 19, 2017

  3. Oh, we’re not blaming you! And we still got home safely. Though next time I won’t read your blog post aloud while in serious traffic : )

    Comment by admin — June 21, 2017

  4. Connie, no problem. All is well : )

    Comment by admin — June 21, 2017

  5. Funny.

    But you shouldn’t be shocked at LI traffic. Every time I drive there, I praise God I moved.

    Loved your blog.

    Comment by Carol McClain — June 21, 2017

  6. Carol,
    Our LI trips usually take about 3.5 hrs. one way, 4 hrs. if traffic is bad. This one took 5 hours! I’m sure you don’t miss it….

    Comment by admin — June 22, 2017

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