My Mama Always Said: A Book of Southernisms

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"A girl and a woman are two different things, but a man is just a boy grown bigger." Such is the wisdom of Marillyn Taylor Klam. In the rush and pressure of modern society, Mrs. Klam provides a much-needed dose of the wit and wisdom from the past. She presents anecdotes, advice, and answers passed down through her family. She was told by her mama that "Everything tastes better when cooked by somebody else," and advised that "It's better to fail at something than to succeed at nothing."

While many of the included ...

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Overview

"A girl and a woman are two different things, but a man is just a boy grown bigger." Such is the wisdom of Marillyn Taylor Klam. In the rush and pressure of modern society, Mrs. Klam provides a much-needed dose of the wit and wisdom from the past. She presents anecdotes, advice, and answers passed down through her family. She was told by her mama that "Everything tastes better when cooked by somebody else," and advised that "It's better to fail at something than to succeed at nothing."

While many of the included adages do come from her mother, she also includes those attributed to other family members. Her grandfather is quoted as saying, "Only a fool has to make his own mistakes-the wise man profits from another man's errors." Klam's father explained the success of his relationship with his wife by stating, "We have an agreement. I make all the major decisions, but she tends to the minor decisions and doesn't bother me about them. So far we haven't had any major decisions to make."

In this collection of adages, paraphrases, and quotes, Marillyn Taylor Klam harkens back to a more genteel time . . . a time in the South when women were ladies and men were gentlemen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565541504
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,449,235
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 5.25 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Marillyn Taylor Klam, a native of Monroe, Louisiana, is a contributor of feature articles to the Ouachita Citizen newspaper (West Monroe, Louisiana).
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