True, personal stories from new voices and experienced writers resonating with the themes of the Personal Essay/Story Publishing Projects: "Bearing Up" (2018) and "Exploring" (2019).
"The Other Thanksgiving Story" by Randell Jones
In keeping with the theme of “That Southern Thing,” podcast host Randell Jones shares in this bonus episode the story of how the first day of thanksgiving by English-speaking settlers happened in Virginia two years before the Pilgrims had their celebrated day. Wishing you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
"Grit" by Karen Luke Jackson
At Thanksgiving and in gratitude and love for the life of her late sister who charmed the world as “Clancey, the Clown,” North Carolina writer and poet Karen Luke Jackson shares selected excerpts from her tribute chapbook, “Grit” in this bonus episode. Karen’s writing for “that Southern Thing” appeared previously this season on July 22.
"All That I Could Say" by Lauren Summers
a rage exploded inside me
North Carolina writer Lauren Summers recounts in spoken word her encounters with overt racism among her peers throughout her schooling. (This episode includes brief explicit language and racial epithets.)
"It's More Than a Drawl Y'all" by Ken Chamlee
North Carolina poet, writing teacher, and retired English professor Ken Chamlee recalls an early encounter that sharpened his thinking about language and perception and “Southern.”
"Lucky and Grateful" - a reprise for Veteran's Day 2020
“6-minute Stories” Podcast producer and host Randell Jones claims the prerogative of the platform to share on Veteran’s Day a bonus story from April about his father’s experience in World War II. His father, Dennis, celebrated his 96th birthday on Monday, November 9. Thank a veteran today.
"I Hope We're Not Losing the Handshake" by Landis Wake
This is a shorter story, a bonus episode offered for our enjoyment by Landis Wade, producer and host of Charlotte Readers Podcast. He shares his thoughts on the care and keeping of a strong Southern tradition—the handshake.