psst! I’m over here!

piano

In the Mississippi Delta. Got the magazine to press April 6 (after a series of last-minute saves and miracles—fodder for another post), and headed southeast, where I’ve spent the last week with my sister, visiting our old stomping grounds* and working on a project of hers, interviewing Southern women of all backgrounds about their experiences. (My job is to record the interviews and take photos while soaking up all the shared-experience sister time I can.)

We’ve talked with sharecroppers’ daughters, blue-blooded Southern ladies, civil rights workers, beauty operators and female preachers . . . It’s been fascinating and frustrating and hilarious and profound.

 

*Grew up in Leland, Mississippi, birthplace of Kermit the Frog and sometime home of blues legend Son Thomas, mezzo soprano Lester Senter, rockers Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter and Joe Frank Carollo, and Pulitzer Prize winner and (my) freshman prom date Doug Blackmon

Photo taken in an old sharecropper cabin which has been “fixed up” and is rented out by the night to tourists and travelers interested in the history of the region. (www.shackupinn.com)

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