Monday, April 26, 2010

I’ve moved!

Not physically, that is, just my blog. I’ve just launched my newly designed website, Belle of All Things Southern, and my blog is now embedded on my home page. Please consider this your sincere invitation to come find me there!


Thursday, April 1, 2010

WREG Live at Nine out of Memphis welcomes Great Southern Wing and Prayer Tour

Special thanks to WREG out of Memphis, TN for welcoming the Great Southern Wing and a Prayer Tour to Live at Nine’s Morning Show. And thanks to the viewers who dropped what they were doing and rushed off to That Bookstore in Blytheville right away! We talked about - what else? Story!
On a wing and a prayer, (and coming in on a shoestring!)
River and Shellie

That Bookstore in Blytheville

These arch gateways into downtown Blytheville are so perfect because everyone knows what a mecca this store has been for writers for generations.


Shellie grabs a shot of the store but captures more. See that little white, darling, Jeep Angel in the reflection, just like the logo - she's been getting us down the road for 1000's of miles.

The shelves overflow with the most incredible stories of our day.

Friendly faces abounding. Someone here loves putting the right book in the right hands.
Mary Gay Shipley's High Profile was well earned. A lifetime of promoting authors and their good words is due a little recognition.
We wanted to take the neon home for a night light. Mary Gay said NO, NO - it must stay in the store.
If this character looks familiar it's because it is none other than Pat Conroy - Really. These dolls are from the story that his beautiful daughter created titled - Poppy's Pants.
Four friends for forty years. Is that what they told us? Can that be true? Retired School teachers who drove for an hour to join us. Love you every one!
Now we're missing some folks here but we  managed to corral a few and snag this photo. Thank you to all of those who also saw the Channel 3 Live at Nine Segment and dropped what you were doing to get in the car and rush to the bookstore. We are honored by all of you!
Oh thank you beautiful for making a special trip and coming in to Grace us with your presence.

All we can say to this poster is AMEN!

Sometimes what you really need after a long day on the road is a little puppet play time.
But some puppets, just like their people, are a little camera shy!
What was the last thing we asked Mary Gay even with the gps systems and an Atlas? Oh yes we did, we asked her directions.
DSC_0065And some stories we just had to wonder about and leave behind because we had to continue on down that highway. On A Wing and A Prayer folks!

The Lemuria Gang

We pause for pics with Jonni Webb, the original, founding, let's do a book club Pulpwood Queen of Jackson Mississippi. We loved visiting this famous bookstore and perusing the shelves. Then we joined the readers for a little storytelling time in the room. All we needed was a stage, a mic, and a little encouragement and the stories started flowing. As you can see from all the photos below no doubt about it we were having a great time. If laughter is good medicine, we were over-medicated when we had to say our good-byes and get on down the road to be in Memphis. And if it looks like that one of us grew a little - that would be a special someone who surprised "her Keggie" with a visit to the Road trip. I do believe the Bellerina Czar even helped her sign books!

AS tempting as it was to put our feet up and stay awhile, library folks were waiting for us up the road in Memphis.




















On a Wing and a Prayer (and a shoestring now)

River and Shellie