Fifty Shades of Heartbreak

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That would be me -- whenever I think about the movie opening this weekend, right in time for Valentine's Day, a holiday meant to honor true love. Only it doesn't. Fifty Shades of Grey poses as romance while celebrating lust, bondage, and torture. Before you ask, the answer is no. I did not read the book, but nor do I live on Mars. What's more, my man and I were recently subjected to the trailer as we awaited another movie we had paid to see. So, yes, I stand by my description. I should also tell you that I've considered the cost of wading in on this conversation and the controversial feedback I may be inviting. I'm choosing to post anyway because I love people and I mourn the havoc sin inflicts on us, as individuals and society at large. But we'll circle back to the repercussions. I … [Read more...]

Author, speaker, blogger Karen Spears Zacharias on ATS LIVE today!

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There is only one Karen Spears Zacharias and in about an hour, give or take a few minutes, she'll be on ATS LIVE to talk about her latest book, Mother of Rain. Here's a synopsis of the book: Maizee Hurd starts hearing voices soon after her mother's death. She is prone to hallucinations--"A brigade of roaches, some nearly three inches long, would line up around the bed in the morning". Her aunt and uncle try to protect her from distress.  Mother of Rain is an exploration of the nature of community in a rural setting. The people inhabiting Christian Bend are a sympathetic group, including the childless aunt and uncle who take Maizee in when her father abandons her; Burdy Lutrell, the mysterious, dark, Melungeon healer from over the mountain; Zebulon, Maizee's devoted husband, among … [Read more...]

Shouting Ground!

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I can scarcely contain myself as I sit down to write.  My heart's overflowing, my eye makeup is smeared from crying, and my thoughts are flying in all directions. I'm iffy on how this is going to translate into a coherent post, but I'm bound and determined to try. Let's do this thing. As many of you know, our 30 Days of Thankfulness Drive concluded yesterday on the last day of November. Our goal for the drive has been $9,600, the funds required to drill two water wells for needy communities with no access to clean drinking water. By the way, many of you have asked how and why I chose that amount. It's simple really. The last time we raised funds together for this worthy mission, we drilled one well. All I knew was that I wanted to double that effort. I went to bed last night knowing … [Read more...]

Join ATS LIVE Monday, 21st, for some Duck Dynasty Fun!

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Big time Duck Dynasty fun coming to ATS LIVE tomorrow! Kay Robertson will in studio to talk about her new cookbook Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen along with her co-author and co-grandparent, Chrys Howard. Kay is the revered matriarch of the Robertson family and star of A&E®’s Duck Dynasty®. Kay believes her cooking talents are a gift she must share, so she often ends up feeding all of the family and most of the neighborhood. Her most famous dishes are banana pudding, fried deer steak, crawfish pie, and sticky frog legs. Chrys is the mother of Korie Robertson, star of the A&E® hit TV show Duck Dynasty®. She was a senior editor and creative director for Simon & Schuster. She has edited and co-written more than 100 books, and is the author of nine books with more … [Read more...]

American Author Returns to ATS LIVE, Monday Oct. 14th!

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It's back! Hey y'all, join me this Monday evening for another fun evening on ATS LIVE as we welcome back AMERICAN AUTHOR! It's sure to be a great night on the porch. I can't believe it's been a full year since I premiered a reality segment called AMERICAN AUTHOR, but this is precisely the case, and it's past time for another round. The premise of AMERICAN AUTHOR is simple. A number of authors are supplied with a limited amount of time and several story starters (time, place, and props.)  Their mission: to create a tale on the fly! Our authors will then read their short stories and you, the listening audience, can cast a vote for your favorite on the All Things Southern Facebook Wall. Monday's contestants will be: LISA WINGATE Lisa Wingate lives on a ranch in Texas, where … [Read more...]