"Southern Breezes Whistle Dixie" is light-hearted commentary on Southern observations. Like a sexy woman, the South has always held a fascination for much of the rest of the nation. People have always tried to identify the South but without very much success, I believe. Outsiders have termed Southerners many different things but none have completely identified what it means to be Southern. Southerners themselves have been unable to adequately describe themselves. There is no consensus about the South even though much of American history has been entangled in dealing with things Southern. Some from without our borders confuse the Southland with our urban centers. A visit to places like Atlanta, Charlotte or Miami does not reflect the real South. To base opinion on such limited exposure is as shallow as judging a person by the clothes on his back or the vehicle he drives. You have to live among us in the real South to even attempt to fully comprehend our culture. We can make fun of ourselves and often do, but others do so in our presence at their own peril. In my newspaper columns, I sometimes give non-Southerners a hard time but it is done mostly with tongue-in-cheek. In fact, many are among my staunchest readers. They tell me that they often Email or clip and mail my columns to the folks back home. Most understand the good nature of my jabs but sometimes others are offended something Southerners are never comfortable with doing. In actuality, the South is many things, many people and many cultures.
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JOHN BROCK is a retired newspaper editor and publisher, college professor, university administrator, Motion Picture producer and entrepreneur. His columns appear weekly in South Carolina s oldest newspaper, The Georgetown Times, and in several other newspapers in the Charleston, SC area. The columns depict one person s observations of growing up and living Southern - along with occasional topics of national interest.Review:
Loving and lovable commentary on the Southland. You ll learn, for example, why you should always own a hoe even if you never plan to chop any weeds. --Gene Roberts, Retired managing editor of The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer
My friend John Brock is not usually known for dragging his feet. He never would have thrived in the business world so well, had he swung and whistled on his perch while that smirking Earlier Bird pecked up all the grits and gravy. So why did it take the pleas and tears and bullying threats of all his kin and friends for this book -- at last -- to come into our hands? One would think that all his years in newspapers would have 'l'arned' our buddy a few things, and surely it did. Except, he never seemed to notice how excellently, charmingly, delightfully he, himself, could write. He probably never even knew he was funny -- when, truth to tell, he is one of the funniest people walking. For instance -- did he ever tell you what he did to start all the neighborhood dogs barking in the wee small hours one morning? He didn't? Well -- I am sure not going to tell you. I don't TELL that sort of story on my friends! Suffice it to say that he has the wit, and the heart, and the grace to enthrall the reader. And here is some of it, finally between covers. It's about danged time! --Dot Jackson, author of current best-selling novel, Refuge, former Charlotte Observer columnist and National Public Radio contributor
John Brock serves up a sampling of life as simple as cornbread and black-eyed peas, an unvarnished truth based on a good dose of common sense. He has earned the rewards of retirement and the right to just sit back in his comfort zone, and observe the world passing. Yet, he continues to resurface and remind us of a less complicated time in the American South. --Jesse Tulles, editor, The Georgetown Times
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Book Description Southern Observer Press, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0978992601