“The quest of every life, whether realized or not, is to get back home.”
“Find solace in things that are culturally connected, not politically connected. Music or literature [or photos or videos, or old movies or TV shows, or Web sites or blogs, like this one] can bring you back to your cultural roots, taking your mind to another place—which is home, in a sense.”
—Andy Garcia, Cuban born actor
As noted in the previous post titled “A Few of My Favorite Things, Part I,” that post and this one and the one to follow them should bring the total number of posts on my blog to one hundred and beyond. At the same time, they should bring the total number of visits to my blog to fifty thousand and beyond.
As such and as noted, I hope to mark these milestones with primarily new quotes, photos, and links to other sites and videos that I have accumulated since I published the first ninety-nine posts. Interspersed are some others that I featured in earlier posts on these subjects.
Again, I must give credit to my longtime friend and McGehee High School classmate from the Class of 1956, Pat Scavo (known to us then as Patsy McDermott) who has provided me much of the information and many of the photos and sources in each of these three posts.
As indicated, I began this series with a post about my hometown of McGehee, Arkansas; the Mississippi River; and the Arkansas Delta. In this second in the series of posts about a few of my favorite things I continue with quotes, photos, and links about my beloved home state of Arkansas; the South; and a couple of Southern icons: Elvis Presley and Gone With the Wind.
As always, my insertions in the quotes are set in brackets, and my comments after the quotes are set in parentheses. My emphases in the quotes are set in italics. The sources of the quotes are set in the copy. Additional attributions and the sources of the photos and links are found in a separate section at the end of the post.
“God loves not him who loves not Arkansas.”
“Such a beautiful place , I never saw
Oh, let me live once more in Arkansas!”
–James William Jewell,
poet, Arkansas, 1950
“Little Rock [the capital of Arkansas] tops list of best places to live.”
— Cameron Huddleston, “Money Power,
Tulsa World, August 18, 2013
“I wanted to share [that history of the integration of Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957] with others so we can understand where we came from, to keep us from going back.”
—Charlane Hunter Gault,
quoting Amaree Austin,
Southern Living, September 2013
“Most of us have to be transplanted, like a tree, before we blossom.” (I wish that were true for me. But the sad truth is that my thirty-six-year “transplant” from the Holy Land (Arkansas) to Babylon (Oklahoma) has not produced blossoms and blooms but brambles and burrs!)
—Louise Nevelson, Today’s Cryptoquote,
Tulsa World, 06-18-11
To read about the historic Goodlett Cotton Gin near Old Washington, Arkansas, click here.
To watch a video about Arkansas Delta Blues music and food, click here.
The South and Southerners
“The whole problem of the South seems to be the result of its long history of good manners and bad judgment.”
“Southerners can get more tone in a vowel than any Italian Opera Singer!”
“The South is not just a geographic location—it is a way of life. I live in Los Angeles, but being Southern is constantly with me, in large part because I’m always on the phone with someone in North Carolina. My body is here [in L.A.], but my heart is there. . . . I’m a dogged defender of the Southern Idiom. For example, ‘y’all’ is a very undervalued word in the English language. It speaks to everyone, and it speaks to you. What other word serves the purpose it does? No. Other. Word.” [Amen, Sistah!]
—Bellamy Young, quoted by Caroline McKenzie,
Southern Living, September 2013
“A SOUTHERNER is a person born or living in the south . . . . gracious, easy-going, slow–talking, friendly folk, devoted to front porches, cool breezes, oak trees, dogwoods, peaches and fried chicken.”
—Quote provided by Pat Scavo from a plaque
she bought at Cracker Barrel
twenty-five years ago
“Music is as much a part of the South as humidity, thanks to our heritage, the Church, Bourbon.”
—Allison Glock, “Song of the South,”
Southern Living, September 2013
Speaking of Southern food and drink, here are some links to other Southern culinary delicacies and a saying about the laid-back Southern way of life:
To hear Elvis Presley sing “Crawfish” click here.
To learn about Poke Salad, click here.
To watch a video about Arkansas Delta homemade pies and hot tamales, click here.
To read my blog post about the proper Southern pronunciation of this word “pecan,” click here.
To visit a great Southern Web site titled Bourbon and Boots, click here.
To view a site with more Southern sayings, click here.
To view some photos of the Great Depression South by Eudora Welty in Oxford American, click here.
To view a photo and hear the famous Southern Staple Singers sing “Them Old Cotton Fields Back Home,” click here.
“One reason Elvis was so successful is because he never got too far from his roots [or never strayed too far from home].”
“One thing I learned . . . is that Elvis Presley himself once entered an Elvis-impersonator contest—and came in third.”
—John Paget, documentary film maker
To watch a video about Elvis’ boyhood home in Tupelo, Mississippi, click here.
To visit a great Web site with a montage of nostalgic photos from the 1950s including singers like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, etc.; actors and actresses like James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood; 50’s cars, clothes, drive-ins, dances, TV shows; etc., click here.
Gone With the Wind
“Oh, Rhett, don’t let’s look back!”
—Scarlett O’Hara to Rhett Butler,
Gone With the Wind
“At age seventy-four most of my life is Gone With the Wind. But if I ever come back in another life I want to be called Rhett Butler, ’cause I know what it’s like to be married to Scarlett O’Hara—even if she is a blonde one!”
“In the South every man has a bit of Rhett Butler in him.”
My friend and classmate Pat Scavo (i.e., Patsy Mc) sent me this photo on June 14, 2013, with this message: “And now you have a category.”
Addenda to “A Few of My Favorite Things, Part I:
McGehee, the Mississippi River, the Delta and Cotton”
“It was just a ‘place’ I thought [until] years later [when] I went to Mud Island in Memphis and discovered all sorts of river facts and lore. It made my information of many stories told in my youth by the adults ‘click’ into the bigger picture. I really need to go back for another visit there.”
–Pat Scavo in email titled
“Those Places of Our Youth”
sent to Jimmy Peacock on September 7, 2013,
about Mud Island in the Mississippi River
To visit the Web site of the Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island in Memphis, click here.
To view a great Web site for riverboat cruises on the Mississippi River, click here.
Sources, Photos, and Links
The poem about Arkansas by James William Jewell, poet, Arkansas, 1950, was provided by Pat Scavo and was taken from this Web site:
The quote “Little Rock tops list of best places to live” was the title of an article in a column titled “Money Power” by Cameron Huddleston, a contributing editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, published in the Business Section of the Tulsa World on August 18, 2013. It was accessed at:
The quote about the history of the integration of Little Rock Central High School in 1957 was taken from Charlane Hunter Gault, quoting Amaree Austin, grandniece of Thelma Mothershed, one of the Little Rock Nine, in an article titled “Students of Little Rock High School for Protecting the Future by Understanding the Past,” Southern Living, September 2013.
The photo of the Mark Twain riverboat on the Arkansas River in Little Rock was provided by Pat Scavo from a Facebook entry on July 30, 2013.
The photo of the Bowie knives at Old Washington State Park was provided by Pat Scavo from the following source:
The link to the Goodlett Cotton Gin near Washington, Arkansas, was provided by Pat Scavo from the following source:
The video about Arkansas Delta Blues music and food was provided by Pat Scavo from the following source:
The South and Southerners:
The definition of a Southerner was provided by Pat Scavo from an unspecified source and was taken from a plaque she saw at Cracker Barrel: http://www.crackerbarrel.com/
The piece about Poke Salad was provided by Pat Scavo from the following source: http://www.southernfoodways.org/
The advertisement for Southern pecans was provided by Pat Scavo from an unspecified source.
The Web site titled “Bourbon and Boots” was provided by Pat Scavo and was taken from the following source:
The video about pies and tamales in Lake Village, Arkansas, was provided by Pat Scavo and was taken from the following source:
The piece about Sweet Tea and Cornbread was provided by Pat Scavo from an unspecified Facebook link.
The Web site of Southern sayings was provided by Pat Scavo and was taken from:
The Web site of the Southern Depression photos by Eudora Welty in American Oxford was provided by Pat Scavo and was taken from:
The Web site of the Southern Staple Singers was provided by Pat Scavo and was taken from:
The photo of Elvis’ new pink Cadillac in front of Graceland was provided by Pat Scavo and was taken from the following source:
The link to the video about Elvis’ boyhood home in Tupelo, Mississippi, was provided by Pat Scavo and was taken from the following source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMnYvQK9aKo
The photo of Elvis and the group of young people was provided by Pat Scavo and was taken from the following source: https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1044998_355393647920420_949384603_n.jpg
The photos of Elvis with the group of Sun Record artists and with singer Tom Jones were provided by Sonny Henley, a native of McGehee, Arkansas, from an unspecified source.
The Web site with nostalgic photos from the 1950s titled “Olga’s Diner 1957” was provided by Pat Scavo and was taken from:
Gone With The Wind:
The photo/saying titled “Rhettrosexual” was provided by Pat Scavo and was taken from the following source:
The photos from Gone With the Wind of the young and mature Scarlett O’Hara were taken from a wall calendar with the notation: The characters and elements are trademarks of Turner Entertainment Co & The Stephens Mitchell Trusts © Turner Entertainment Inc. Gone With the Wind MWV Consumer & Office Products, P.O. Box 290001, Dayton, Ohio 45429, www.mead.com © 2012 MeadWestvaco Corporation.
Addenda from “A Few of My Favorite Things I: McGehee, the Mississippi River, the Delta and Cotton”:
The photo of Arkansas Great River Road was provided by Pat Scavo and was taken from:
The Web site of the Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island in Memphis was provided by Pat Scavo and was taken from:
The Web site for the riverboat cruises on the Mississippi River was provided by Pat Scavo and was taken from:
The photo of the Interior of the Arkansas City, an 1890 Mississippi River boat, was provided by Pay Scavo and was taken from the Tennessee State Library and Archives at the following Web site:
The photo of the traditional cotton bales in McGehee, Arkansas, was provided by Pat Scavo and was taken from: