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Ann Dorer Essay Series: On the Importance of Southern Storytelling

A few weeks ago, I just happened to tell—from my point of view—my 5-year-old granddaughter Maggie about the day she was born. I explained...

Ann Dorer Essay Series: As Time Goes By

The wedding rehearsal dinner was about to begin, and the bride’s aunt had still not arrived. All the guests were seated when she and...
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Ann Dorer Essay Series: A Southerner’s Love for Fresh Summertime Peas

Here in Alabama in the heat of June and July, the song “Summertime” from the folk opera Porgy and Bess sometimes drifts through my...
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Ann Dorer Essay Series: Keeping in Touch, a Grandmother’s Thoughtful Solution

About a year ago, my son and his wife moved from here in Alabama to Arizona, taking my precious granddaughter Brooke with them. She...

Ann Dorer Essay Series: Family Masterpieces and Creatively Capturing Children’s Artwork

When I was a young mother and my daughter, Kate, was about 4, I kept a Kate-size table and chair in my kitchen for...
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Ann Dorer Essay Series: Heirloom Napkins Made Into Elegant Pillows

As I was looking through my linen closet not long ago, I happened upon a dozen of my mother’s white damask napkins, clean, ironed,...
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Ann Dorer Essay Series: Baking Sweets and Cherished Memories from the Kitchen

  In summer when I was a girl, my mother would make the most delectable peach pie in the South—and probably the world. This, according...
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Ann Dorer Essay Series: Telling Tales, A Southern Lady Meets a Copperhead

Not long after I decided to tell my grandchildren small stories on purpose, I got fuel for my next tale to tell them. My...
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Ann Dorer Essay Series: Graduation, Summer Milestones, and Good Posture

In bluebird-blue caps and gowns, the graduates marched with reverent decorum down the center aisle of the church. I strained to see my granddaughter...
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Boots & Barbecue Gathering at The Barn

On horseback, freedom comes quickly. Reins in hand and feet in stirrups—you experience a timeless truth: There is no view that compares with the...