"Grits and Gumbo" may be an unusual name for a blog but it's my way of paying homage to my roots and to my parents and grandparents. I was born and raised in Alabama, land of magnolias and fall gridiron meetings, Southern accents and front porch rocking chairs, barbeques and mint juleps (which are TERRIBLE : sorry, Kentucky!).
I still have trouble breathing when I hear "Dixie". It has nothing to do with slavery. Lincoln was the second greatest president after Reagan It has to do with a slow way of living, big flowered hats,white- columned houses, green pastures, well-bred racing horses and Spanish moss.
I tear up when I hear the "Star Spangled Banner" because I'm an American. But it's the Southern part that make me me, along with all my brothers and sisters in this part of America: American by birth: Southern by the grace of God. Praise Jesus.