Wednesday, June 29, 2011

July Delta Dish

Volume 7 Issue 6

*** Random Thoughts

I don’t know of any day camp for grownups where we get to make things, like in Vacation Bible School and summer camp. That was always my favorite part. (Least favorite: dodge ball and softball.)

There’s nothing like making something. It’s why I wander around in Michael’s, browsing the paper products alone for an hour: rubber stamps and inks and so many different kinds of paper.

When I saw an article that told how to make marbleized paper (never mind that it was an easy activity for kids – *I* wanted to do it) I pounced.

The Child got home from summer camp this morning. We spent an afternoon in the kitchen swirling colors and dipping paint in them. We tried umpteen combination, every one of them gorgeous. Near the end of the afternoon he said, “I’m so glad you’re my mom and not some other mom.”

Me, too.

I’m thankful for summer afternoons playing. Making something. Maybe a memory, too.

Step by step instructions – it’s so easy and fun – along with pictures here.


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*** Great Quotes

“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” – Thomas Jefferson

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”- Gouverneur Morris

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”- Erma Bombeck

*** Fun Food Ideas

Planning a cookout or get together to celebrate the Fourth? These cookies are the perfect addition! Soft sugar cookies coated with a sweet, colorful glaze in red, white, and blue are so festive.

It’s tomato time! This tart made with fresh sliced tomatoes, basil, and roasted garlic is one of my favorites.

Another summer favorite: blueberries. We’re lucky enough to fresh, Mississippi-grown blueberries. I’ve frozen them in popsicles

put them in baked French toast for a Father’s Day breakfast

and baked them into muffins.

*** Hit the Highlights – a few choice posts from this month’s blog

Delta flooding

Dreamy getaway

I had on sloppy gym shorts and a green Piggy Wiggly t-shirt. It was seven a.m. and a man in a pressed white shirt and tie in a Land Rover passed by. He looked surprised and puzzled but he smiled and waved.

History history everywhere
We all but tripped over history the entire afternoon.

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*** Shameless Bid for Commerce

“Keetha DePriest Reed's "More Culinary Kudzu: Recollections and Recipes from Growing Up Southern" is part cookbook, part collection of wonderful essays on food, family and growing up Southern and altogether great fun...

I would very highly recommend "More Culinary Kudzu" to anybody who enjoys good food and good writing as well as to anybody who wants to find out more about the South. As for me, I only have one question left - how do I get invited to one of their family reunions?” – review by

*** Recommended Reading

I’ve just now gotten around to reading the Pulitzer-Prize winning A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.

It was wonderful. "Readers will be pleased to discover that the star-crossed marriage of lucid prose and expertly deployed postmodern switcheroos that helped shoot Egan to the top of the genre-bending new school is alive in well in this graceful yet wild novel." - Publishers Weekly

I read some great books in May, too.

*** Mississippi Writers Guild

The Mississippi Writers Guild sponsors writer workshops, conferences, writer retreats and reputable writing contests. Membership dues are only $40.00 per year. To learn more, visit

This year's conference is August 5th and 6th in Jackson, Mississippi.

*** Calendar

Book Club - Wednesday, July 27. We're reading Child of God by Cormac McCarthy. Y'all wish me luck with that!

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