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Home of Author, Speaker, and radio host Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, known as The Belle of All Things Southern

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I don’t want to trigger you, but…

Hi, I’m Shellie. Everything reminds me of a story, and I believe life is better when you’re laughing. Hit subscribe and stick around. We need to chat… I stand amazed at the ever-increasing list of things offending my fellow Americans. Every day reveals a new trigger, defined as anything that reminds someone of a previous trauma and causes them to have an intense emotional or physical reaction. At the risk of sounding insensitive, we all have triggers, a.k.a. painful memories. Some are worse than others, but no one gets by in this life injury free. The challenge is learning to deal with past experiences instead of expecting the world to tiptoe around us, lest we explode. We’re not teaching anyone how to manage their triggers by simply avoiding them and giving in to the culture of offense only exacerbates our personal and collective issues. Take the Harvard law students who didn’t want professors to use the word “violate” because some classmates may have had experiences that could cause them to be triggered by that word, and hence suffer undue stress. I’m still trying to figure out how one teaches law or practices law without talking about what does and doesn’t violate it? I’ll pause while thinking people roll their eyes. One of the more recent examples of this off-the-charts sensitivity has to be the Michigan students who voted to stop saying the Pledge of Allegiance at student government meetings because it can be discriminatory and offensive to international students. Never mind that whole “liberty and justice for all” part, right? That’s so yesterday. Just joking. I’ve done a lot of joking about all this triggering. It’s been my way of trying to lower the national tension. As I’ve said before, it you want to be offended, you can always find an opportunity. But, I’m here with a confession. Something has come to my attention that has me trying not to feel a little triggered myself! The environmental extremists are coming after Thanksgiving, y’all. You heard right. And this is not about that movement I tried to start two years ago called PHAT, People Huffy About Thanksgiving. That was me protesting the way people skip right through the beautiful season of gratitude to get to Christmas, and I pulled my bestie in on that one. It’s worse than that. This is personal. Brace yourselves, people. They’re claiming the over-production of turkeys and all the holiday travel for family get-togethers is leaving a huge carbon footprint, resulting in, I’m quoting now, “a problematic food holiday.” Again, I’m trying not to be triggered or set off any trigger happy people, so I’m choosing my words carefully…But I have a big old cast iron skillet that says, “If you come after my Thanksgiving holiday, you better bring back-up.” Hugs, Shellie

12 MIN2 w ago
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I don’t want to trigger you, but…

Miss Jane’s Big Adventure

Hey y’all, It feels good to sit a second, and catch up with all of you regulars, and to send out a hello to the new subscribers. I hope you’ll enjoy it here. Please feel free to hit reply and talk back to me. I love knowing more about you, and how I can bring value to your life. It may be a day or three before you hear from me, but I respond. (Right, old friends? So, my speaking season has commenced and that means I’ve stacked up some travel stories for y’all. The first one isn’t mine, but I have permission to tell it.Miss Jane, not her real name, was flying alone cross-country for a family event. The trip had been planned for months, and Miss Jane had spared no amount of worry over flying for the first time in many decades. She was understandably anxious about navigating busy terminals and connecting flights. When her big trip finally arrived, Miss Jane’s daughter on this side of the adventure drove her to the airport, a day early. Miss Jane’s flight was scheduled for early ...

30 MINOCT 20
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Miss Jane’s Big Adventure

SRC News, Baby News, Book News & FREE stuff – it’s all here!

I’m Shellie, a laughter loving story stacking farmer’s wife, country cook, mom, and Keggie to five adorable grands with one on the way—HOORAY! I snuck that one in on y’all, but that’s okay. The kids snuck this one in on us, too. Everyone thought they were through. Including the shocked but excited parents. I’m also a speaker, author, and Bible teacher known as the Belle of All Things Southern. Everything reminds me of a story, and I believe life is better when you’re laughing. Hit subscribe and stick around. We need to chat… This week in the SRC file, also known as Straight Running Crazy News: A trans-feminist group called for hens to be separated from roosters on poultry farms — so they couldn’t be assaulted by the roosters without their consent. And my eyes may now be officially stuck in the back of my head. Mama said it could happen. The group insists their protest was not a joke; they’re serious. So. Am. I. #havemercy If there is anyone left out there still asking wha...

19 MINSEP 29
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SRC News, Baby News, Book News & FREE stuff – it’s all here!

Part III on Finding Margin for the Devotional Life (Thoughts on Prayer)

Hey’ y’all, let’s chat…Late last night, the beloved farmer and I watched an area weatherman announce positively giddy like that our humidity would be substantially lower today, which is why my weather app now says, “It’s 99 degrees but it feels like 102.” Only102. Oh, joy. Perhaps I can explain the weatherman’s perspective with a cautionary tale about what Louisiana weather is like in August. After a delicious combine lunch (sandwich on the go) with my darling yesterday, I headed home. Only, a story had come to mind (don’t they always), so I stopped to take a picture of what corn looks like when it’s ready to harvest— and a sweet reader who didn’t quite understand this life. The dear lady had driven through our area on vacation and wrote me the sweetest letter about her concern for all of our brown crops. She just knew the farmers were heartbroken. Bless her. What the dear woman lacked in agricultural knowledge, she more than made up for in compassion and zeal. I’ve los...

8 MINAUG 21
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Part III on Finding Margin for the Devotional Life (Thoughts on Prayer)

Part II of Finding Margin for the Devotional Life

Hey friends, we’re in the second episode of a three-part series and I’m excited to dive back into it. If you didn’t listen to “Playing Catch-up and Part I of Finding Margin for the Devotional Life”, I hope you’ll take some time to circle back there. The comments from that episode lead me to believe it hit the mark with so many listeners, and I couldn’t be happier about that. Today, we’ll be talking about where and how to begin if you’re new to Bible Study. The first thing I like to do whenever I’m speaking on this topic is to pause and reflect on what it was like before Bible study was my delight. It’s not hard to remember the days when I wanted to love the Bible, but I just flat out didn’t and trying to read it made me sleepy. So, let’s start there. If you’re new to the Bible, or even if you’re not that new to it, but you’ve never developed a hunger for digging into it on your own, my first suggestion is for you to take your current experience with the Bible, whatev...

8 MINAUG 5
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Part II of Finding Margin for the Devotional Life

Playing Catch-up and Part I of “Finding Margin for The Devotional Life”

Hey y’all, let’s chat…There’s been a lot of living since the last podcast dropped, but it did include some really good beignets. We traveled to the Big Easy last month where we enjoyed the best of ‘em at the original Café Du Monde. We were in New Orleans for the Farm Bureau Convention where my son and daughter-in-law were in the running for Louisiana Farm and Ranch Couple of the Year. Another fine family took that title this year, but we remain super proud of Phillip and Carey for being in the top three. While in New Orleans, the beloved farmer and I took in the experience that is the WWII Museum. Y’all. Words fail. If you can get thyself there, do it. But, carve out some time to stay. We were there three plus hours and we didn’t see it all. June also gave us Vacation Bible School where yours truly volunteered to take the Stampede Sports Station outdoors. That week coincided with having the Lake Providence Grands while their parents were on a business trip to California and ...

8 MINJUL 11
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Playing Catch-up and Part I of “Finding Margin for The Devotional Life”

Birthing Woes, Canine Terrorists, and a Potluck Podcast

Hey y’all, have a seat, and let’s chat… I hope your summer has gotten off to a great start. It hasn’t taken long for things to heat up here in the northeast corner of Louisiana. Ironically, yet true to the life of the farmer, we were super late getting our crops planted because of all the rain—and now, we’re laying poly pipe and watering. So are the days of our lives… I dated myself with that tagline, right? Extra brownie points for anyone who can identify its origin. In other news, the beloved farmer got a new digital camera for my birthday/Mother’s Day. Far as I can see, the only thing it doesn’t do is turn on and start snapping pics by itself. But, then again, there are so many buttons on it, the smart-alecky thing may do that if I turn my back long enough. If I sound a bit touchy it’s because I’m trying to get up to speed on this thing and it’s rather intimidating. If anyone owns a Sony A73 and you’d like to give me a tutorial, I’m wide open. One of the coolest fea...

10 MINJUN 8
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Birthing Woes, Canine Terrorists, and a Potluck Podcast

Becky Kopitsky Visits ATS, Phil’s Cooking, and Shellie has a Pro Tip!

I’m Shellie, a laughter loving story stacking farmer’s wife, country cook, mom, and Keggie to five adorable grands. I’m also a speaker, author, and Bible teacher. Everything reminds me of a story, and I believe life is better when you’re laughing. Hit subscribe and stick around. We need to chat… Meet our guest today, Becky Kopitsky, author of the Cranky Mom. She’ll be on later with solid tips on avoiding the irritable mom monster that can hide in us all. It seems a perfect time to hear from Becky with school letting out and the house filling up, when the best laid plans for the perfect summer with the littles can melt like Blue Bell ice cream on the sidewalk. Yes? That Blue Bell plug was for Papa. He still thinks they should sponsor us… But, speaking of summer. I’ve been trying to tell myself I need to get my beach body ready for swimsuits, shorts, tank tops, etc…but my stretchy clothes, oversized shirts, hoodie body won’t quit laughing long enough to listen. She irritates...

27 MINMAY 23
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Becky Kopitsky Visits ATS, Phil’s Cooking, and Shellie has a Pro Tip!

Mister Snores at Great Decimals and Anita Agers Brooks on the ATS podcast!

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to All Things Southern. Shellie here. I’ll be visiting with author/speaker Anita Agers Brooks in just a few. Anita is a popular speaker and a certified life coach. She’s is also a multi-published, award-winning author whose previous titles include Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over. Today we’ll be talking about her new release, Exceedingly, “Strategies for Living with Purpose, Power & Passion.” But first, let’s chat… Are you familiar with the saying, “happy wife, happy life”? Well, there’s a study out of The Netherlands that’s putting a new spin on that bit of wisdom. They’re claiming research proves something like, “Happy wife – longer life”, that a man’s lifespan can be impacted by the relative satisfaction of his wife. I hope they didn’t spend a lot of money on that. By the way, if you have a really unhappy wife, I’d discourage her from watching that show, “Snapped.” You don’t want to give her any more ideas. All of which has n...

37 MINAPR 26
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Mister Snores at Great Decimals and Anita Agers Brooks on the ATS podcast!

Shellie talks farming, suspect stress, and Confessions of a Christian Mystic with author River Jordan

Welcome back to All Things Southern, y’all! Let’s chat…After a long cold winter and a wet spring, the weather is simply gorgeous here in northeast Louisiana. The beloved farmer is in high gear with the rest of the ag community. For me, that means taking lunch to my favorite tractor driver because there is zero time to waste getting seed in the ground. I make my deliveries via the Kubota (that’s an off the road utility vehicle if you’re asking). I love taking off down the field and enjoying those familiar sights and sounds that signal the onset of another farming season. Farming isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s a special way of life and the love of it runs in our blood. Lord willing, we’ll be here for the duration. I wonder if that’s how Flo Meiler feels about her present occupation? I read about Miss Flo in the news. She’s 84 years old and she’s on her way to Poland to compete in the Master Athletic Championship. Check this out. Flo’s sport of choice is pole vaulti...

33 MINMAR 26
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Shellie talks farming, suspect stress, and Confessions of a Christian Mystic with author River Jordan
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Latest Episodes

I don’t want to trigger you, but…

Hi, I’m Shellie. Everything reminds me of a story, and I believe life is better when you’re laughing. Hit subscribe and stick around. We need to chat… I stand amazed at the ever-increasing list of things offending my fellow Americans. Every day reveals a new trigger, defined as anything that reminds someone of a previous trauma and causes them to have an intense emotional or physical reaction. At the risk of sounding insensitive, we all have triggers, a.k.a. painful memories. Some are worse than others, but no one gets by in this life injury free. The challenge is learning to deal with past experiences instead of expecting the world to tiptoe around us, lest we explode. We’re not teaching anyone how to manage their triggers by simply avoiding them and giving in to the culture of offense only exacerbates our personal and collective issues. Take the Harvard law students who didn’t want professors to use the word “violate” because some classmates may have had experiences that could cause them to be triggered by that word, and hence suffer undue stress. I’m still trying to figure out how one teaches law or practices law without talking about what does and doesn’t violate it? I’ll pause while thinking people roll their eyes. One of the more recent examples of this off-the-charts sensitivity has to be the Michigan students who voted to stop saying the Pledge of Allegiance at student government meetings because it can be discriminatory and offensive to international students. Never mind that whole “liberty and justice for all” part, right? That’s so yesterday. Just joking. I’ve done a lot of joking about all this triggering. It’s been my way of trying to lower the national tension. As I’ve said before, it you want to be offended, you can always find an opportunity. But, I’m here with a confession. Something has come to my attention that has me trying not to feel a little triggered myself! The environmental extremists are coming after Thanksgiving, y’all. You heard right. And this is not about that movement I tried to start two years ago called PHAT, People Huffy About Thanksgiving. That was me protesting the way people skip right through the beautiful season of gratitude to get to Christmas, and I pulled my bestie in on that one. It’s worse than that. This is personal. Brace yourselves, people. They’re claiming the over-production of turkeys and all the holiday travel for family get-togethers is leaving a huge carbon footprint, resulting in, I’m quoting now, “a problematic food holiday.” Again, I’m trying not to be triggered or set off any trigger happy people, so I’m choosing my words carefully…But I have a big old cast iron skillet that says, “If you come after my Thanksgiving holiday, you better bring back-up.” Hugs, Shellie

12 MIN2 w ago
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I don’t want to trigger you, but…

Miss Jane’s Big Adventure

Hey y’all, It feels good to sit a second, and catch up with all of you regulars, and to send out a hello to the new subscribers. I hope you’ll enjoy it here. Please feel free to hit reply and talk back to me. I love knowing more about you, and how I can bring value to your life. It may be a day or three before you hear from me, but I respond. (Right, old friends? So, my speaking season has commenced and that means I’ve stacked up some travel stories for y’all. The first one isn’t mine, but I have permission to tell it.Miss Jane, not her real name, was flying alone cross-country for a family event. The trip had been planned for months, and Miss Jane had spared no amount of worry over flying for the first time in many decades. She was understandably anxious about navigating busy terminals and connecting flights. When her big trip finally arrived, Miss Jane’s daughter on this side of the adventure drove her to the airport, a day early. Miss Jane’s flight was scheduled for early ...

30 MINOCT 20
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Miss Jane’s Big Adventure

SRC News, Baby News, Book News & FREE stuff – it’s all here!

I’m Shellie, a laughter loving story stacking farmer’s wife, country cook, mom, and Keggie to five adorable grands with one on the way—HOORAY! I snuck that one in on y’all, but that’s okay. The kids snuck this one in on us, too. Everyone thought they were through. Including the shocked but excited parents. I’m also a speaker, author, and Bible teacher known as the Belle of All Things Southern. Everything reminds me of a story, and I believe life is better when you’re laughing. Hit subscribe and stick around. We need to chat… This week in the SRC file, also known as Straight Running Crazy News: A trans-feminist group called for hens to be separated from roosters on poultry farms — so they couldn’t be assaulted by the roosters without their consent. And my eyes may now be officially stuck in the back of my head. Mama said it could happen. The group insists their protest was not a joke; they’re serious. So. Am. I. #havemercy If there is anyone left out there still asking wha...

19 MINSEP 29
Comments
SRC News, Baby News, Book News & FREE stuff – it’s all here!

Part III on Finding Margin for the Devotional Life (Thoughts on Prayer)

Hey’ y’all, let’s chat…Late last night, the beloved farmer and I watched an area weatherman announce positively giddy like that our humidity would be substantially lower today, which is why my weather app now says, “It’s 99 degrees but it feels like 102.” Only102. Oh, joy. Perhaps I can explain the weatherman’s perspective with a cautionary tale about what Louisiana weather is like in August. After a delicious combine lunch (sandwich on the go) with my darling yesterday, I headed home. Only, a story had come to mind (don’t they always), so I stopped to take a picture of what corn looks like when it’s ready to harvest— and a sweet reader who didn’t quite understand this life. The dear lady had driven through our area on vacation and wrote me the sweetest letter about her concern for all of our brown crops. She just knew the farmers were heartbroken. Bless her. What the dear woman lacked in agricultural knowledge, she more than made up for in compassion and zeal. I’ve los...

8 MINAUG 21
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Part III on Finding Margin for the Devotional Life (Thoughts on Prayer)

Part II of Finding Margin for the Devotional Life

Hey friends, we’re in the second episode of a three-part series and I’m excited to dive back into it. If you didn’t listen to “Playing Catch-up and Part I of Finding Margin for the Devotional Life”, I hope you’ll take some time to circle back there. The comments from that episode lead me to believe it hit the mark with so many listeners, and I couldn’t be happier about that. Today, we’ll be talking about where and how to begin if you’re new to Bible Study. The first thing I like to do whenever I’m speaking on this topic is to pause and reflect on what it was like before Bible study was my delight. It’s not hard to remember the days when I wanted to love the Bible, but I just flat out didn’t and trying to read it made me sleepy. So, let’s start there. If you’re new to the Bible, or even if you’re not that new to it, but you’ve never developed a hunger for digging into it on your own, my first suggestion is for you to take your current experience with the Bible, whatev...

8 MINAUG 5
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Part II of Finding Margin for the Devotional Life

Playing Catch-up and Part I of “Finding Margin for The Devotional Life”

Hey y’all, let’s chat…There’s been a lot of living since the last podcast dropped, but it did include some really good beignets. We traveled to the Big Easy last month where we enjoyed the best of ‘em at the original Café Du Monde. We were in New Orleans for the Farm Bureau Convention where my son and daughter-in-law were in the running for Louisiana Farm and Ranch Couple of the Year. Another fine family took that title this year, but we remain super proud of Phillip and Carey for being in the top three. While in New Orleans, the beloved farmer and I took in the experience that is the WWII Museum. Y’all. Words fail. If you can get thyself there, do it. But, carve out some time to stay. We were there three plus hours and we didn’t see it all. June also gave us Vacation Bible School where yours truly volunteered to take the Stampede Sports Station outdoors. That week coincided with having the Lake Providence Grands while their parents were on a business trip to California and ...

8 MINJUL 11
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Playing Catch-up and Part I of “Finding Margin for The Devotional Life”

Birthing Woes, Canine Terrorists, and a Potluck Podcast

Hey y’all, have a seat, and let’s chat… I hope your summer has gotten off to a great start. It hasn’t taken long for things to heat up here in the northeast corner of Louisiana. Ironically, yet true to the life of the farmer, we were super late getting our crops planted because of all the rain—and now, we’re laying poly pipe and watering. So are the days of our lives… I dated myself with that tagline, right? Extra brownie points for anyone who can identify its origin. In other news, the beloved farmer got a new digital camera for my birthday/Mother’s Day. Far as I can see, the only thing it doesn’t do is turn on and start snapping pics by itself. But, then again, there are so many buttons on it, the smart-alecky thing may do that if I turn my back long enough. If I sound a bit touchy it’s because I’m trying to get up to speed on this thing and it’s rather intimidating. If anyone owns a Sony A73 and you’d like to give me a tutorial, I’m wide open. One of the coolest fea...

10 MINJUN 8
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Birthing Woes, Canine Terrorists, and a Potluck Podcast

Becky Kopitsky Visits ATS, Phil’s Cooking, and Shellie has a Pro Tip!

I’m Shellie, a laughter loving story stacking farmer’s wife, country cook, mom, and Keggie to five adorable grands. I’m also a speaker, author, and Bible teacher. Everything reminds me of a story, and I believe life is better when you’re laughing. Hit subscribe and stick around. We need to chat… Meet our guest today, Becky Kopitsky, author of the Cranky Mom. She’ll be on later with solid tips on avoiding the irritable mom monster that can hide in us all. It seems a perfect time to hear from Becky with school letting out and the house filling up, when the best laid plans for the perfect summer with the littles can melt like Blue Bell ice cream on the sidewalk. Yes? That Blue Bell plug was for Papa. He still thinks they should sponsor us… But, speaking of summer. I’ve been trying to tell myself I need to get my beach body ready for swimsuits, shorts, tank tops, etc…but my stretchy clothes, oversized shirts, hoodie body won’t quit laughing long enough to listen. She irritates...

27 MINMAY 23
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Becky Kopitsky Visits ATS, Phil’s Cooking, and Shellie has a Pro Tip!

Mister Snores at Great Decimals and Anita Agers Brooks on the ATS podcast!

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to All Things Southern. Shellie here. I’ll be visiting with author/speaker Anita Agers Brooks in just a few. Anita is a popular speaker and a certified life coach. She’s is also a multi-published, award-winning author whose previous titles include Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over. Today we’ll be talking about her new release, Exceedingly, “Strategies for Living with Purpose, Power & Passion.” But first, let’s chat… Are you familiar with the saying, “happy wife, happy life”? Well, there’s a study out of The Netherlands that’s putting a new spin on that bit of wisdom. They’re claiming research proves something like, “Happy wife – longer life”, that a man’s lifespan can be impacted by the relative satisfaction of his wife. I hope they didn’t spend a lot of money on that. By the way, if you have a really unhappy wife, I’d discourage her from watching that show, “Snapped.” You don’t want to give her any more ideas. All of which has n...

37 MINAPR 26
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Mister Snores at Great Decimals and Anita Agers Brooks on the ATS podcast!

Shellie talks farming, suspect stress, and Confessions of a Christian Mystic with author River Jordan

Welcome back to All Things Southern, y’all! Let’s chat…After a long cold winter and a wet spring, the weather is simply gorgeous here in northeast Louisiana. The beloved farmer is in high gear with the rest of the ag community. For me, that means taking lunch to my favorite tractor driver because there is zero time to waste getting seed in the ground. I make my deliveries via the Kubota (that’s an off the road utility vehicle if you’re asking). I love taking off down the field and enjoying those familiar sights and sounds that signal the onset of another farming season. Farming isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s a special way of life and the love of it runs in our blood. Lord willing, we’ll be here for the duration. I wonder if that’s how Flo Meiler feels about her present occupation? I read about Miss Flo in the news. She’s 84 years old and she’s on her way to Poland to compete in the Master Athletic Championship. Check this out. Flo’s sport of choice is pole vaulti...

33 MINMAR 26
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Shellie talks farming, suspect stress, and Confessions of a Christian Mystic with author River Jordan
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