Monday, February 25, 2013



Mississippi is ranked as the nation's most religious state in 2012, ahead of Alabama and Utah, which tied for second, according to the latest Gallup poll.
The poll found that 58 percent of Mississippi residents identified themselves as "very religious" - based on saying religion is an important part of their daily life and that they attend religious services every week or almost every week.
Alabama and Utah were at 56 percent.

Eight of the 10 most religious states were in the South, with Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Oklahoma rounding out the top 10. The rankings were unchanged from a similar survey by Gallup in 2011.

~ We live by faith, not by sight ~

2 Corinthians 5:7



Monday, February 18, 2013

I Wanna Be A "Hat Lady " (Like Her) ...When I Grow Up !

I was on Facebook recently when one of my More than Fabulous , More than Facebook friends Ms. Jo McDivitt  of Hattiesburg, Mississippi posted a picture of herself in one of the hundreds of amazing hats that she owns and loves.  This one though, was extra special.
To me, it was THE hat ! It was THAT Hat ! I remembered it very well !

It was the hat ( or one almost exactly like it ) that she had on when I was first blessed with making the acquaintance of this absolutely phenomenal woman !

I was at one of my very first large book-signings with multiple Mississippi authors. 
It was an annual book-signing extravaganza held by Main Street Books in Hattiesburg. There were some very popular, big name authors in attendance.   I definitely was NOT one of those big names !   I was one of about 25 authors there.   My little book of southern poems, Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia,  had just been published in February (2008). The event was in December.  I had the privilege of being an invited author, riding on the coat tail of my dear friend John Campell, the brother of the late, great blues legend "Little Milton" Campbell who had published his book, Day Dreaming on My Cotton Sack,  several months before mine and was very instrumental in making my new life as a published author a reality.
I wrote about that journey and our longtime friendship in the foreword of my book.

Anyway, back to the storyline of Ms Jo McDivitt ......
I was a wide-eyed new author who was simply excited to be in the presence and listed alongside so many wonderful Mississippi authors.  I dutifully said my "spill" about my little
" book baby " to anyone who would remotely listen or glance my way.  One very distinguished gentleman came over and listened very intently to me, asked me several questions about the book and and purchased a copy.   It might have just been out of pity and to encourage a new author, but it was a sale!    I made several that night . He looked the book over and flipped through a few of the poems.   He then told me that I should definitely introduce myself and my book to Jo McDivitt.   He said that he was sure that she would be there sometime during the evening.  He said that he felt she would really be interested in the book and enjoy the poems. He also shared with me that Ms. McDivitt was a writer /publisher of her own newspaper,
Today Mississippi Woman. 

That really made me ears perk up.  Even as a young author I knew that much of the success of a book depended on good press and publicity, in whatever form.  Maybe she WOULD like my book and maybe she would write about my book in her paper and maybe she could help more people find out about my little needle in a haystack book.  I was excited!
Then,  I looked around, at the almost standing room only crowd of people.   With new faces coming and going and standing in long lines, I wondered how in the world I would possibly know who she was since,  this kind gentleman was on his way to another engagement and would not be there to introduce me to her.   I said these thoughts out loud.   A boyish grin came across this very sophisticated face and I could have sworn that his eyes glazed over in some type of wistful longing.  He simply said. "You'll know her."  "She'll be the one in the big hat." 
Again, I thought to myself, I wondered how in the world he knew she would have on a big hat and how he knew that I would know that it was her in that hat.

It was cold outside,  and as I looked around,  I saw that there were already several ladies inside that had on hats.  This time, though I did not voice my thoughts.
He seemed very confident in the fact that I would know her when I saw her.

How right he was!.  Maybe an hour later, this little, delicate waif of a woman came floating through the door.  It seemed almost like the heavens opened up and a spotlight was shining down on her from above.  She was an amazing sight to behold!.   People, mostly men, flocked around her like flies.   It sort of reminded me of that scene in Gone With the Wind when all of the men and would - be suitors were flocked around Scarlet trying to get her some tea or some cake ..or ANYTHING.

Ms Jo McDivitt was indeed wearing a VERY BIG hat, almost as big as she was. 
It was big......and fabulous !!!!

I had to wait for the dust to settle to finally get a chance to approach her about my book.
It took quite a while, because it seemed like she was, on the red carpet at the Academy Awards.   It was a book signing event and was suppossedly all about the authors, but she was undoubtedly and- hands down the star in the room !

To make a long story short, I met Ms Jo, I introduced my self and my book . She bought a copy and promised that she would let me know what she thought .  A few months later I received a glowing review in her Today's Mississippi Woman publication.(February 2009).
Since then we have frequently been in touch and as I said we are Facebook friends.
We share many interests and a passionate love for hats.  I am only a closet "Hat Lady" and a Hat Lady in training.  I frequently buy hats but rarely wear them in public.  This baffles my Dear Hubby to no end.   I just don't feel ready to do the Hat Lady thing justice.  To me, it is serious business!!     I have been telling all of my friends since I turned 40 that I planned to be a full-fledged Hat Lady when I turned 50 !  That will be next year (February 2014)

Ms Jo wrote a comment to me on her fabulous hat post !
This is my "Patricia Neely Dorsey hat-in-waiting" until you are fifty-or-so!
I just so happen to have an extra one because I knew it would be difficult to find another?!
After a while following a few of my excited comments she wrote:: "This hat has stopped traffic from Manhattan to Potts Camp, MS!  I WANT you to have one. Will you be fifty in ten years?
If so, I will continue to dust the webs from its brim. Deal completed."

Later on in the evening , she wrote:
It's way past my bedtime but that did not stop me from dashing to the "hat room" to place the "other" hat on VIP reserve.  I think it will be delivered prior to the fiftieth celebration! PND will let her glowing light "shine" in this chapeau.

Woo Hoo !!! February 2014 ..It's on !!!!
I am going to be a real, full-fledged TOO FABULOUS Hat Lady just like her ...
especially in THAT hat !!! Just Wait And See !!!
OMG!!! Ms Jo MUST really LOVE me !!! Hat Ladies DO NOT just Willy Nilly give their hats away even if they do have TWO of same.

~*~  Ms Jo McDivitt  ~*~

About Jo McDivitt:

Jo McDivitt is a writer, newspaper publisher, bookworm, publicist, gourmet cook and gardener. She was a stewardess with United Airlines during the golden era of flying; a publicist at Niki Singer, Inc., on Madison Avenue in New York City, and host of a Memphis "morning and evening drive" talk radio show, "A Cup of Jo." Jo's first newspaper column was published when she was fourteen-years-old. She has continued to write product copy and features for a variety of publications.
Born in Pontotoc, Mississippi, in 1948, she grew up in the northern Mississippi town of Amory.

Jo is featured in the University Press
soon- to- be- released book:

Coming Home To Mississippi

The book is scheduled for release in April 2013.

Coming Home to Mississippi

Celebrations of homecoming by prominent Mississippians who made the return journey.    In this collection, essayists examine their lives, their memories of Mississippi, the reasons they left the state, and what drew them back.
They talk about how life differs and wears on you in the far-flung
parts of our nation, and the qualities that make Mississippi unique.

Cover artwork by Mississippi Artist -  Wyatt Waters

Coming Home to Mississippi
~*~  On Amazon ~*~

"A woman's hat speaks, long before she 
ever opens her mouth"
from "Crowns" The Stage Play 


Friday, February 15, 2013

Home Is (DEFINITELY ) Where My Heart Is !

My name is Patricia Neely-Dorsey. I am from Tupelo, Mississippi... located in the beautiful red clay "Hills" of Mississippi and yes, the birthplace of Elvis Presley!

I am the author of two books of poetry: 

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia -A Life In Poems.

My Magnolia Memories and Musings -In Poems
.I call both books a true celebration of the south and things southern.   There are so many negative connotations associated with Mississippi and the south in general. 

I try to give a positive glimpse into my home state and region.  There is much to love about this much maligned and misunderstood part of our country.   I invite readers to get to KNOW Mississippi (and the south) in a different light I invite EVERYONE to Meet Mississippi Through Poetry, Prose and the written word.

I travel all around my state speaking at schools, churches, libraries and various civic organizations, delivering the message of a positive Mississippi and a positive southern experience....According to me, one of the best places to live in ALL of the world is POSITIVELY MISSISSIPPI !!!

LINKS TO AMAZON ..............

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems  -  

My Magnolia Memories and Musings- In Poems  

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Thursday, February 14, 2013


(Through Poetry , Prose and The Written Word) ! 

Happy Valentine's Day from the South!
Love is in the air !
Love must have really been in the air, for me, on February 14, 2007,
I woke up out of my sleep and had a poem swirling around in my head . 
It was a love poem.
I quickly got up out of the bed and scribbled it down.
It was my very first poem, "Our Place" !
After that, the poems just started to flow and flow.
Those poems resulted in two wonderful little books of
southern poems, which I call .......
 "a celebration of the south and things southern" 

You can purchase them here:

"Always, Always Celebrating the South  
and Promoting a Positive Mississippi"

Monday, February 11, 2013



'Since we are currently celebrating Black History Month, I thought that it would be very appropriate to post my poem "Shades of Lovey" , which acknowledges and celebrates the unique beauty of black women in its broad spectrum of colors.'   PND.


Presidential Proclamation:
National African American History Month, 2013

By The President of The United States of America A Proclamation
In America, we share a dream that lies at the heart of our founding: that no matter who you are, no matter what you look like, no matter how modest your beginnings or the circumstances of your birth, you can make it if you try. Yet, for many and for much of our Nation's history, that dream has gone unfulfilled.
For African Americans, it was a dream denied until 150 years ago, when a great emancipator called for the end of slavery. It was a dream deferred less than 50 years ago, when a preacher spoke of justice and brotherhood from Lincoln's memorial. This dream of equality and fairness has never come easily -- but it has always been sustained by the belief that in America, change is possible.

Today, because of that hope, coupled with the hard and painstaking labor of Americans sung and unsung, we live in a moment when the dream of equal opportunity is within reach for people of every color and creed. National African American History Month is a time to tell those stories of freedom won and honor the individuals who wrote them. We look back to the men and women who helped raise the pillars of democracy, even when the halls they built were not theirs to occupy. We trace generations of African Americans, free and slave, who risked everything to realize their God-given rights. We listen to the echoes of speeches and struggle that made our Nation stronger, and we hear again the thousands who sat in, stood up, and called out for equal treatment under the law. And we see yesterday's visionaries in tomorrow's leaders, reminding us that while we have yet to reach the mountaintop, we cannot stop climbing.

Today, Dr. King, President Lincoln, and other shapers of our American story proudly watch over our National Mall. But as we memorialize their extraordinary acts in statues and stone, let us not lose sight of the enduring truth that they were citizens first. They spoke and marched and toiled and bled shoulder-to-shoulder with ordinary people who burned with the same hope for a brighter day. That legacy is shared; that spirit is American. And just as it guided us forward 150 years ago and 50 years ago, it guides us forward today. So let us honor those who came before by striving toward their example, and let us follow in their footsteps toward the better future that is ours to claim.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 2013 as National African American History Month. I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.
(The White House  Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release January 31, 2013)

Friday, February 8, 2013


I extend a warm Southern welcome to everyone on the 
~ Eat My Valentine Southern Blog Tour ~
I am thrilled to be kicking off the tour with a super SIMPLE version of 
a traditional southern dessert .
As I always say: 
"Life is short .... have dessert first" !
Enjoy the tour!

Valentine's Day is fast approaching!

Although, I am not a cook, myself, I know that many of you will be serving up some 

scrumptuos meals for your loved ones. Of course, you will want to have something sweet for your sweetie, to top it all off. 

Why not try something Simply Southern?
I have a recipe that is VERY Simple and VERY Southern.
It is even simple enough for a totally (Un)Domestic Diva like me!

I got it from a blogger friend several years ago when she added it to a post/review about my "little book of southern poems”, Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia.
I really was AMAZED at how simple it was!
I even added it as a permanent fixture on my website!
Check it out at    .
*You will find it midway down the page* .......
It goes though each step of the recipe one by one.


1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter
1 large can Peaches DO NOT drain
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix flour and milk, in 9x9 square Pyrex dish,
add sugar, dump can of peaches and juice into it mixture.
Cut butter into patties and put on top.
Bake for 1 hr



February 9Sally Whitney – Pecan pie,  Scalloped oysters

February 10: NancyKay Wessman – Ratatouille

February 11: Amy Neftzger – “Broken” Rice Krispie Hearts

February 12: Trisha Faye -  Dr. Pepper Pork Chops and Pecan Broccoli.

              WIN THE “GRAND TOUR” PRIZE
One person will be picked at random from all the comments left during the tour to be eligible to win the “Grand Tour” prize donated by author/editor Zetta Brown.
With every comment you leave during the tour you increase your chances!
Zetta will be offering a food-inspired “surprise” prize to one person who leaves a “thought-felt” comment during the tour. This means the comment needs to have some “meat” to it. It cannot be just a one word comment like “Great” or “Yum” or “Thanks” or “Great! Thanks for the yummy recipe!”
In order to receive the prize, when chosen, the winner must provide their legal name and address. It will NOT be shared with anyone or put on any mailing list. It’s only to facilitate shipping the prize.
The prize drawing is limited to U.S. participants only because availability and access cannot be guaranteed elsewhere.
Good luck , have fun, and have a
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Mississippi poet to speak at Calhoun City Library

In observance of Black History Month, the Calhoun City Public Library will host an evening with Patricia Neely-Dorsey Thursday, February 7, at 6:30 p.m.

The Library is at 113 East Burkitt Ave.

Neely-Dorsey is a 1982 graduate of Tupelo High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in Boston, Massachusetts.
After living for almost 20 years in Memphis, working in the mental health field, she returned to her hometown in August 2007.

Patricia Neely-Dorsey

Her first book of poetry, “Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems”, was published in February 2008.  Her second book, “My Magnolia Memories and Musings In Poems” was published in 2012. She calls both books “a celebration of the south and all things southern”.
Patricia currently lives in Tupelo with her husband, James, son, Henry, and Miniature Schnauzer, Happy.

Last February, Patricia delighted patrons with poetry from her first book, Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems.  Since that time she has published her new book, “My Magnolia Memories and Musings-In Poems”.

This year’s program promises to be even better.  Following the program, Patricia will sign copies of her books, and everyone may enjoy some light refreshments, sponsored by the FRIENDS of the Calhoun City Public Library.

By Janice Vaughn

The Calhoun County Journal

TODAY is my birthday ! I'm SO Glad To Be Me !

Patricia Neely-Dorsey?
You mean that ...
Poem writing
Positive spouting
Mississippi Magnolia
Five dollar dress wearing
Diva on a Dime Chick?
That's her!

Yep ! That ME !

Some other famous February Birthdays
February 1st
Langston Hughes
Lisa Marie Presley

February 2
Farrah Fawcett 

February 3rd:
Norman Rockwell 

February 4th:
Rosa Parks 

February 5th:
Henry "Hank" Aaron 

February 6th:
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Bob Marley
Babe Ruth

February 7th:
Charles Dickens
Laura Ingalls Wilder

February 8th:
James Dean
Jules Verne

February 9th:
William Henry Harrison
Joe Pesci
February 11th:
Eva Gabor
Burt Reynolds

February 12th:
Charles Darwin
Abraham Lincoln

February 14th:
Jack Benny
Gregory Hines
Jimmy Hoffa

February 15th:
Susan B. Anthony

February 16th:
LeVar Burton

February 17th:
Paris Hilton
Michael Jordan

February 18th:
Yoko Ono

February 19th:
Smokey Robinson

February 20th:
Charles Barkley
Cindy Crawford

February 22nd:
Drew Barrymore
Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin
George Washington

February 23rd:

W.E.B. DuBois

February 26th:
Johnny Cash
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody
Jackie Gleason

February 27th:
John Steinbeck
Elizabeth Taylor
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Southern Writers “Eat My Valentine” Blog Tour

February 8
Patricia Neely-Dorsey – Peach cobbler
February 9
Sally Whitney – Pecan pie,  Scalloped oysters
February 10:
NancyKay Wessman – Ratatouille
February 11:
Amy Neftzger – “Broken” Rice Krispie Hearts
February 12:
Trisha Faye -  Dr. Pepper Pork Chops and Pecan Broccoli.

One person will be picked at random from all the comments left
during the tour to be eligible to win the “Grand Tour” prize donated by author/editor Zetta Brown.
With every comment you leave during the tour you increase your chances!
Zetta will be offering a food-inspired “surprise” prize to one person who leaves a “thought-felt” comment during the tour. This means the comment needs to have some “meat” to it.
It cannot be just a one word comment like “Great” or “Yum” or “Thanks” or “Great! Thanks for the yummy recipe!”
In order to receive the prize, when chosen, the winner must provide their legal name and address. It will NOT be shared with anyone or put on any mailing list.
It’s only to facilitate shipping the prize.
The prize drawing is limited to U.S. participants only because availability
and access cannot be guaranteed elsewhere.

Good luck , have fun, and have a
Happy Valentine’s Day!


Monday, February 4, 2013


To really get the most out of thrift shop/yard sale shopping, you must have a certain mind set, going in.  You must start to get used to practicing POSSIBILITY THINKING.
You must learn to see the present and future possibilities of almost anything.
Once you get into the habit of it, your brain will automatically start processing things in that manner.  By the way, the mind set of possibility thinking is not only great for shopping, it is a wonderful habit for almost every area of life.

In the shopping realm, possibility thinking means evaluating what can be done to make any item exactly what you want or need it to be.  Of course, everything won't, ultimately, fit into that category, but the challenge is to mentally give everything a fighting chance and not dismiss it too quickly.  Sometimes, just a few small adjustments can be made to make it absolutely perfect for you.  But, you must have the ability to look beyond what is, to what could be .

Sometimes, a person will disregard something and miss an absolutely fabulous find simply because it is not exactly the right fit, the size that the person usually wears, or has a few minor flaws, at that time.  There might be a button or two missing, a slight tear or other small flaw.  Not only can these things,usually,be easily and inexpensively fixed, when they are pointed out, you can often get an added discount on an already unbelievable deal.  If you came across a wonderful suit that you know normally retails in the $100 - $200 range and is offered for $1 - $5 but has a button or two missing or a small tear under the arm, why in the world would you NOT buy it?.  The tear can easily be sewn and buttons can very inexpensively be replaced.  The worst thing that could happen is that it won't work out exactly as you had hoped and you are out of $5 !  Boo Hoo !   You can always re-donate the item or pass it on to someone who would be glad to have it ...Like Me !!!   I can hook it up !!!   If you pass up an item like this in a thrift shop or at a yard sale, it just means that I will have made someone like me a very happy camper when they come across it !

 Once, I took a friend thrift shopping because she wanted to see how I do my Diva on a Dime style of purchasing.   We went to Thrift City on West Main Street in Tupelo on the 99 cent day, which is every Monday.  I was, of course, like a kid in a candy shop grabbing all kinds of things that I thought that she would like. She did like the style of almost everything that I pulled off the racks, but for so many of them, she had some reason that they were not QUITE right.  Most of the time, the reason that she gave for not getting an item was that it was too long, because she is petite.   An item being too short might sometimes be a problem, but too long should NEVER be a problem.!   I cannot even fathom turning down a new, very expensive designer dress with tags on it at a price of 99 cents, because it is TOO LONG !! WOW!!!
It is one of the mysteries of the universe.  Any item can be hemmed by yourself, a friend, or very inexpensively, by a seamstress.  All I can say about that is ....You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him (or her ) drink ! I am still shaking my head over that !
I came out of the store with several very large bags, as usual and she came out with 4 or five items . She was absolutely thrilled with all of her finds......but Oh, THE POSSIBILITIES (missed ) !!!

 I have a wonderful example of working with the possibilities.   Dear Hubby, found a beautiful ankle length evening dress with a lace overlay for me at the thrift shop on 99 cent day.  I absolutely loved it! It is one that I would have picked, if I had seen it.  But, after trying it on a few times, I kept thinking that something wasn't quite right . I felt that it could be more fabulous and more ME ! I decided to have the dress shortened to knee length while having the lace overlay remain long. It cost $10 to have altered, but it looked like a million bucks on me with the changes ! The dress was perfect and I rocked it ! I wore it to a black tie affair and got tons of compliments . The Diva was in full effect...on a Dime! You can be, too !

Well, that's all for now !
Until next time, Go Forth and Be Fabulous ! Be You ! DO You ! SHINE !

Friday, February 1, 2013

Mississippi Author Patricia Neely Dorsey to speak at Calhoun City Library

Calhoun City Public Library 

Link for directions and map


TODAY is the 1st day of February.

February has always been a very special month for to me ...

I was born on February 7th.
My one and only child, James Henry Dorsey, was born on February 28th.
Valentine's Day is February 14th.
February is Black History Month.
I wrote my very first poem on February 14, 2007
My first book of poetry, Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia, was published February 2008
I had my very first poetry reading at the Lee County Library in Tupelo -February 2008.
I had my very first Book signing at Reed's Gumtree Bookstore - February 2008.
My second book of poetry, My Magnolia Memories and Musings -In Poems was published February 2012.
It's just always been a good month for me all around...except for the cold !

  Written February 14, 2007

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems  - Link to Amazon

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems is a true celebration of the south and things southern. The author states, "There are so many negative connotations associated with Mississippi and the south in general. In my book, using childhood memories, personal thoughts and dreams, I attempt to give a positive glimpse into the southern way of life." The book has been called, among other things, a poetic love letter to the south and a poetic autobiography. The author invites readers to Meet Mississippi Through Poetry Prose and The Written Word.


My Magnolia Memories and Musings- In Poems -  Link to Amazon

In Magnolia Memories and Musings, Patricia Neely-Dorsey continues to "Celebrate the South and Things Southern". Her first collection of poems, Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia was called by one reviewer, a "love letter to the South". With Magnolia Memories and Musings, the love affair continues. Using personal thoughts, observations, and childhood memories, the author attempts to give a up-close and positive view into the southern way of life.