Southern Lady

Submitted by Christi


My friend, Linda Howell, is a true Southern lady. She is warm and gracious and funny. Linda is an actress. She is a National Chautauqua Scholar who performs as Laura Ingalls Wilder and gives stunning performances as a part of the We the People Players who perform War Letters by Andrew Carrol.

I attended a meeting with Linda where a woman started pretty much telling us how she thought Southerners were uncultured. Oh my stars, that was funny. Miss Linda smiled and told her she was sorry that was her experience and then went on to tell her about several of the talented, successful people from our small town. I’m not sure that the other woman got it, but she had just been told off in the quintessential way that only a true Southern lady can do.

Linda is fun. After going to lunch together one day in January, she was saying that we needed to have good luck this year. She said “I know where there is a buckeye tree! – Let’s go get some.” She said this as she was passing the turn off to my street. She continued to her friend’s house and there, sure enough, was a buckeye tree. We got out and found a few to keep for good luck. Unexpected little side trips like that are not unusual when you are riding with Linda.

It’s good to have good friends.

Today’s Lagniappe: Mediterranean Salad
The weather is warm this week and it puts me in the mood for a good salad.

1/2 lb. small new red potatoes
1/2 C. olive oil
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1 crushed garlic clove
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
6 C. mixed salad greens
1 large tomato, cut into thin wedges
1 green pepper, cut into thin rings
1 small purple onion, cut into thin rings
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
1/2 C. feta cheese, crumbled


Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water about 25 minutes or until they are tender. Drain well, and cool to warm. Thinly slice and place them in a serving bowl. In a jar or measuring cup combine the oil, lemon juice, garlic, basil, oregano, pepper and salt. Mix well with a whisk or place the lid on the jar and shake. Pour over potatoes and marinate for 1 hour. Drain the marinade off into a measuring cup, and set aside the potatoes. Place the greens in a large salad bowl. Arrange the potatoes, tomato wedges, green pepper, red onion, cucumber, and Feta cheese over the greens. Serve with the marinade on the side for a dressing.


5 Responses to “Southern Lady”

  1. Mari' Says:

    Hello Christi,
    I found information on War Letters at the PBS website and was wondering if your friends performance is related. I guess I was trying to find out if there will be a performance planned for PBS TV.
    I’ve been enjoying your blog.

  2. Christi Says:

    They are both based on the book by Andrew Carroll. I haven’t seen the PBS production. Linda’s productions have been performed nationwide including once at Lincoln’s home in Springfield, IL.

    In this production, the players read actual letters written during the Civil War World War I, World War II, Korea, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Somalia, and Bosnia and ending with a letter written by someone who was in one of the World Trade Center towers.

    The letters are read as if the reader is the author of the letters. In the background is a screen with pictures of the actual people and actual scenes of war. It is very moving and makes you really appreciate the sacrifice so many have made for our country.

  3. Tammy Says:

    Being from Oklahoma I guess I can be considered southern. I have lived in Colorado for almost 25 years now but I remember when I first moved here and my boss making a comment about how I could tell someone off and they wouldn’t realize it till later (because of my sweet southern voice). That’s a telent I hope I never lose.

  4. Mama Says:

    I remember telling you all when you were growing up that “you could catch more flies with honey than with vineger” but also one of the secrets of “speaking your mind” is to smile while you are blessing someone out. Smile and you can get away with about anything.

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