Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems - Book Review


Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems book review

"I was privileged to purchase this "little book of poems" first at a book-signing, and to hear many of them read in the authors own musical voice. I must say that as I read the remainder of her poems, it was her voice that I heard intoning the words, her soft Mississippi accent hitting the syllables just right, playing like a haunting melody from yesteryear in my head.

I am a native Mississippian. I know exactly of what the author writes. I have lived it. Mississippi flows through my blood in ways that are nearly inexplicable, and yet, Neely-Dorsey has largely explained it through her poetry. Reading her poetry is like coming home to myself. No gloom and doom here. No head-scratching, dictionary-hunting,"what-the-heck do they mean by that?" poetry. Just straight from the heart and memory, in an easy rhyming fashion that anyone from youngsters to older folks can read, understand, and delight in. There's beauty, as in "Mississippi Morning", humor and wit, as in "Shades of Lovely", and state pride, "Mississippi Through and Through". My personal favorite, the achingly deceptive, "Right To Vote", written in her typical lighthearted manner, chronicles the bitter struggles blacks went through for that right. It moves me each time I read it, and I read it again and again.

Poetry is a lyrical means of expressing oneself. I would say Patrica Neely-Dorsey has made an excellent start."

(by: Sheila Joy Hutcherson)

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Diva on a Dime/ Mrs. Magnolia does the Pageant Scene

At the encouragement of one of my dear friends in Jackson who works with the Mississippi Arts Commission, saying that she thought that it would broaden my audience for my message, I decided to enter the 2012 Mrs. Mississippi Pageant.
At first , I thought it was a ridiculous idea because most of the girls who competed were half my age and very experienced in pageants. Most had been participating in pageants for years. I on the other had had only ever participated in one other pageant...and that was when I was 16 years old !!! LOL!! Although I didn't place, I had a wonderful time, met a lot of new friends and as my Jackson friend had suggested it did expose my platform to a new, larger audience.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

God Bless Me

"I see the moon and the moon sees me,

God bless the moon and God bless me"

The Moon - 8:07 AM September 21, 2011 -
Photo by Debra Estep

Sunday, September 11, 2011


~ September 11
, 1993 ~
Memphis , Tennessee

We can never forget our anniversary date....9-11

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast;
it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing,
but rejoices with the truth. 
Love bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends.
As for prophecies, they will pass away;
as for tongues, they will cease;
as for knowledge, it will pass away.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8