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Growing Up in the South

Thanksgiving is past. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us. Oh, what a pitiful shame! The holiday season is in full swing. And thus, it seems that across the country, the precipitousness of winter has descended upon us. As I sit here typing this morning, rain from darkened skies

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Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34 What is your favorite thing about this time of year? Is it the family gathering, or favorite foods you’ve been awaiting for 365 days? Maybe you’re excited about your favorite sport or sports that

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Author Interview: Leanna Sain. Feature image for Leanna Sain interview, featuring the book, Hush.

Every artist knows that the highs and lows of life play an undeniable role in what we create. Personally, some of my work I hold as most meaningful to me has been that which is born out of trial. This month, we’ll discuss Leanna Sain’s new book, Hush, and explore

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As we approach the Thanksgiving season, I have decided to change things up a bit. Most of us have in our minds on what we will be serving for the holiday, and so I thought it might be appreciated by some if I was to share a few of my

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Years ago, I invited a friend to share my kitchen. It was the holidays and we were both busy preparing for family that would be arriving for dinner the next day. Since I had the larger kitchen and two nice sized ovens, I thought it would be appropriate (and a

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This month, we have the opportunity to connect with my good friend, Ryan Paige Howard. Ryan and I met about 4 years ago at church. From time to time we share our manuscripts, and encourage one another in our work. Ryan’s book, Hearts of Faith, is a bit different from

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About Lydia Cameron

A South Carolina native, Lydia Cameron resides in the foothills of Northern California with her husband, youngest son, and six-pound poodle. Lydia is a pastor’s daughter, and for many years, has been involved in music ministry as a trained vocalist. Lydia began writing as a hobby when she was a teenager. She is presently a member of Writer’s Unlimited at Manzanita Arts Emporium and the Amador Fiction Writer Critique group. She has recently completed her first novel, Whispering Night, which is a southern fiction.

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A Writer From the South


Is it a dream, or perhaps true-life commemoration that haunts my memory? An enchanting summer evening where I am poised on Grandmother’s porch. Settled comfortably on the stoop—two skinny legs and dirty, bare feet poke from beneath my dress. In the yard, celebration swells in the air. Crickets, frogs, and other night creatures croon in harmonious serenade.

Darkness overtakes the cloudless sky. Lightning bugs rise from the ground to join in spirited dance. Across the distance a screech owl trills. At the edge of the woods, a whippoorwill calls for his mate. Behind a silhouette of oaks in the side yard, a graceful moon hangs brilliant in a Southern night sky.

On the porch’s far side, Grandmother, Granddaddy, Mother, and Daddy yarn another tale. A step beneath me, Sister curls into a ball, attempting to catch a lurking frog.

It’s the breath of honeysuckle that tickles my nose—honeysuckle and fresh apple pie…

Ah, memories––they breathe life into a weary soul. Precious memories of life in the South give rise to countless stories that flow through the pen of a Southern author.


I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

– Maya Angelou

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