Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 09:18 AM.

If you’ve never heard of Southern Living, I would first say that I don’t believe you, and then I would say, “Bless your heart.” That pretty much means, “You are so stupid, I feel sorry for you.”

Let’s pretend you really don’t know about the Southern Living magazine. It was started back in the 1960’s by The Progressive Farmer Company which changed its name to Southern Progress Corporation.

The Southern Living magazine made it really big telling folks about Southern cooking, nice homes in the South and gardening. In the mid 1980’s Time Inc. paid about a gazillion dollars for the company and Southern Living.

The magazine is now the largest regional lifestyle publication in the United States. Women love it; men sneak and read it, particularly in doctors’ offices.

The bottom line is this; if you, your cooking, your house or your prized roses have been in Southern Living, you are a pretty big deal.

My cousin Toni – her house has been in Southern Living. If I’m not mistaken, it’s been in there more than once.

She lives in a small town in Randolph County, Alabama and everybody knows her. Her home with the wraparound porch to die for is kind of an area attraction.

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