Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops Excerpt

Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops Excerpt Chapter One and Chapter Two Thank you all for your help and support!  This has been an amazing journey! Click on the “book” below and enjoy the first two chapters of “Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops!     For those who are reading the book and are enjoying the message I would more than appreciate a review at any of the retail sites you can find it on! Bless you!! Just click HERE  or on the book image!   Reviews! I enjoyed Herlong’s sense of humor and laughed out loud a few times while reading Rhinestones on my Continue Reading

Lessons from Rhinestones…Find Your Shine

Six days to go before “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops” is released! [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhMTreK4lwI&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]   Check out this early review from Netgalley: This book is so snarky-funny, but in a gracious way. The author says all of those things that we know, but we don’t talk about. (Well, at least, us Southern girls were taught not to talk about them.) She keeps it real and opens up an honest conversation. This is like sitting down to coffee (maybe with a splash of Kahlua!) with your best girlfriend… Have you ever felt like a complete flop? Has your life ever flipped? YES is my answer! Now, let’s Continue Reading

Hurricane Irma Take-A-Ways

Supposedly, animals react during unusual weather.  I did not believe it until my feral-ish kitty ran through our den, jumped up onto the tv cabinet, and began fighting the swirling rains bands of Irma displayed on the television.  If that wasn’t enough, she then turned her attention to Jim Cantore, weather channel icon, and tried to fight him too.  You go, Jenks. I think all who were affected by  Hurricane Irma felt the same way. That storm just kept flip-flopping! In my book, “Rhinestones on My Flip-flops” to be released in under two weeks, I focus on how life can change and flip so Continue Reading

My WOW Woman Momma and Hurricane Irma

I am watching Hurricane Irma and could not resist sharing this story about my funny and WOW mother (Woman of Wisdom).   My new book, “Rhinetones on my Flip-Flops” to be released on 9/26 is loaded with some of my favorite Southern tales so here is a memory to make you chuckle. Only in the South… My WOW Woman Momma and Hurricane Irma Momma was in the Intensive Care Unit recovering from heart surgery. We were only allowed to visit every two hours; I was always anxious to see her every morning. Momma’s doctor, Dr. Schweiger was making his rounds. My sister and Continue Reading

Communication Skills and Mishaps

I love writing about the fearless, fabulous, and first lady of pageantry Queen Esther in my new book, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops.” It was a blast reminiscing about pageants and the many hours I spent working on my interview and communication skills while laughing at myself through the mishaps. Communication Skills and Mishaps I consider “pageant world’  life on steroids.  Preparing for the Miss America Pageant was a great teacher for the rest of my life since communication is a key element for success. Unlike the other phases of competition, this is one aspect that won’t develop wrinkles or sag with Continue Reading

Undercover WOW Woman – Aunt Naomi

Aunt Naomi – An Undercover WOW Woman   You know who they are—the quiet “she-ros” of the church and community. In my new book to be released September 26, 2017, “Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops” I discuss this amazing type of Woman of Wisdom. Pay attention to these “sainted ladies.” They have deep faith and wisdom through their many acts of kindness that are the fundamental pillars of a thriving body of believers. Too bad Glenn Campbell never lived to hear my rewrite of his song, “Rhinestoned Cowboy” to my parody, “She Wore her Rhinestoned Jesus.” Aunt Naomi’s rhinestones were never worn on the outside of her clothing but Continue Reading

Funny Story About a Wal-Mart Greeter- Do you know your Employees?

I love a funny story and here is one I could not resist sharing—a genuine flip-flop in communication. At a dinner party the other night, the conversation drifted to Wal-Mart greeters since my very bored, post-Ford Motor Credit executive and brother-in-law, Stanley, became a Wal-Mart greeter for a brief period of time. One of our dinner party pals was able to relate to Stanley’s greeter tales. Their story was quite humorous and interesting… a Wal-Mart store manager obviously was unaware of his greeter’s resume. This is a funny story! The greeter was habitually late but an excellent employee. Out of frustration concerning Continue Reading

How to Avoid a Stressful Circus

I heard two zingers concerning adding unnecessary stress to your life. “Not my monkeys; not my circus” and “Not in my hoola-hoop.” Super advice, right? Stress is a killer and I am not being dramatic. According to a Popular Science article, 30 Percent of U.S. adults say stress strongly impacts their physical health; 33 percent say it strongly impacts their mental health. How to fight stress is included in my new book, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops; Choosing Extravagant Joy in the Midst of Everyday Mess-ups.” Hummm, we all need a reminder. A stranger made me laugh during a stressful moment Continue Reading

The Secret to Extragavant Joy

My favorite stories to share are always laced with humor. My new book, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops,” is filled with funny original stories that will make you laugh, possibly snort, and experience extravagant joy. Click HERE for pre-order info. Many of the stories in the book remind me of one of my favorite (I can’t help myself) “tails.” I met Miss Addie at one of my first visits to Harmony United Methodist Church. She was super friendly but there was something about her that made her extra-special. I soon discovered her “secret.” It was a windy, blustery Spring day that Continue Reading

Little Town of Johnston has Magic Moments

Life offers many magical moments that can be missed. As annoying as it can be, signs requesting “Turn off your cell phone,” can force us to experience more entertainment than expected. In my new book to be released in September, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops,” I highlight the frustration of Martha who was so busy getting ready for Jesus that she missed listening to his teaching. Her sister, Mary, soaked it in, but Martha was distracted and became a stressed-out, mess-up. Hummmmm, know anyone like this? Guilty. My daddy loved to sit and visit. He always said that people are the best entertainment. Continue Reading