How to Be TRASHY in 2019

I have heard the term “bucket list” but the other day I decided a “trash-it list” is more important. Is that weird or what? Here is my theory: If you want an awesome “bucket-list” then first you must know what to trash. Suppose you decide to go on a dream trip but are super-stressed. That wonderful experience may be ruined if unhealthy emotions consume your mind. I know this for a fact! Continue Reading

Win An Autographed Copy of Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops!

Share a gem of wisdom and win an autographed copy of “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops.”  Share a great flip-flop quote or story about how you handled a life flop in the comments of this post on Facebook! If I choose you, you win a FREE autographed copy of my book, Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops! Are ya’ll interested?  Let’s do this!  Share your best story in the comments here and the winner will be announced at the end of January and posted here: https://www.facebook.com/PearlsofLaughter/ Continue Reading

Holy Humor!?

To start 2019, a sense of humor is more valuable than ever. With so many challenges in our homes, communities and at work, laughter is super important. So I wrote, Holy Humor. This passage is my special version of I Corinthians:13 and the amazing things that happen when you develop a sense of humor. One of my passions is speaking and writing about the power of laughter. Come on, y’all, it’s biblical! Continue Reading

Holmes and Handel’s Ha-way-woo-wa

I had a fun memory and special reminder. It was many years ago and our little country church choir tackled a huge task- Handel’s Messiah. It was a tough assignment; I think we started practicing the Monday after Easter! We sang with big hearts with limited talent. I faithfully listened to my CD of Handel’s Messiah. The Halleluiah Chorus was repeated over and over since the finale had to be fabulous. Every time I rode in my car, fifteen month old Holmes would be strapped in his car seat playing with his toys as I listened to my CD. That child was not paying Continue Reading

And The Winner Is…   What Happened to the Miss America Pageant?

Oops, I said PAGEANT!  I wonder what the contestants be wearing? Oh, no!  I said contestants!  Okay, there I go again! Let me correct myself.  I wonder what the candidates in Miss America 2.0 will be wearing under their sashes that just say the names of their states. Will the Miss America sash simply say, AMERICA?  Oh, gracious!  What if one of the CANDIDATES takes a knee to protest? With swimsuit gone, what about evening wear? Gretchen Carlson once said, “Whatever makes them feel confident.” Will a candidate wear a nightgown? I mean, a nightgown is considered evening wear, right? Continue Reading

The Death of Being Exceptional from a former Miss America Contestant

“I was not born an exceptional person but I made a decision to become exceptional because of the high standards of the Miss America Program.” Day by day and inch by inch, iconic institutions are “watering down” their standards to the point of the danger of complacency. The Miss America Pageant is the latest target. I read the talking points on the Miss America press release and I spoke to a board member who serves on the Miss America board along with communicating with former Miss Americas and contestants. I understand this is a hybrid mess of issues that includes the Continue Reading

Why Aunt Binny Had a Dead Chicken on her Ceiling

Click on the picture and laugh as I tell funny stories on my YouTube Channel. Click on the picture and listen to a short video of my new project! I am speaking for and collecting flip-flops to give to a local shelter for women. Looking forward to speaking for the International Institute of Municipal Clerks on Thursday. Standing in line at BI-LO, I heard the words I never thought I would never hear, “So, what are you cooking?” I swiveled around head first with a slight delay turning my body—an old pageant trick. Sure nuff, to my surprise, she was talking Continue Reading

My Gullah Speech is Funny and Filled with Wisdom

  “My new presentation is a celebration of the Gullah culture, its strong community and amazing comedy…” You will love the priceless lessons I learned packed with common sense, nuggets of wisdom and timeless humor… “Gullah style.”     I love to share my Gullah speech filled with stories told by Gumpa, my grandfather who was fluent in Gullah. Other stories I love to tell are about Tootsie, my second momma; she was one of my WOW-Women of Wisdom. You can read more about lowcountry wisdom in my new book, “Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops.” I have such fun telling lowcountry Continue Reading