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Ann Dorer Essay Series: My Mama’s Biscuits

Many a Southern mother has made delectable buttermilk biscuits for her family. But to me, my mama’s were the best. As a child, I...

Ann Dorer Essay Series: The Truth About Southern Accents

Born and raised in Georgia, I simply assumed when I was young that everybody in America talked like we did. But when my family...

Ann Dorer Essay Series: Getting Recipes Right

It’s one thing to get a recipe—and quite another to get it right. The recipe I have worked hardest to retrieve is the dumplings...

Ann Dorer Essay Series: Y’all Come

Upon parting from people with whom we’ve had a delightful time, we Southerners often say “Y’all come.” It’s an invitation to get together again...

Ann Dorer Essay Series: All My Candy

As the cooler air of autumn brings relief from the South’s summer heat, the appearance of oversize bags of candy heaped onto store shelves...

Ann Dorer Essay Series: To Tell the Truth

In the South, learning how to be a lady begins in childhood. Having grown up in Georgia, I remember from the time I could...

Ann Dorer Essay Series: Are We There Yet?

The sweltering heat and humidity of summer in the South inspired many a road trip for my family when I was growing up. Mama...
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Ann Dorer Essay Series: Reflections on a Mother’s Love

  On summer evenings when I was in high school, I often sat outside in the front yard with my friend Patsy, who lived next...

Ann Dorer Essay Series: Entertaining Thoughts

There is a special time that comes just before my dinner guests arrive. The house is at its best—dusted, vacuumed, and decluttered. Small vases...
Becoming a Southern Lady - Southern Lady Magazine

Ann Dorer Essay Series: Becoming a Southern Lady

Note: Former editor Ann Dorer first shared her thoughts on what it means to be a Southern lady in 2009, when we celebrated the...