My Redneck Immersion Experience Re-run

I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic this week. July 1 marks the third year anniversary of my move to Louisiana. In some ways it feels more like 10 years, and, in other ways, it feels more like 6 months. All I have to do is look at Ashok’s face in my blogs during that time to see how much she has grayed in the three years we have been here. And my hair has grown from super, super short to wild and curly. And much more has changed for both of us beneath the surface.

I thought I would re-post some of the blogs I wrote that first Fourth of July in Louisiana. I had the best of times with my old college buddies on the Amite River near Liberty MS. I called it my Redneck Immersion Experience, and I have to say it’s still one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. Most of those folks I had not seen in a very long time, and I’ve gotten to spend extended time with each of them since I’ve been down. They are salt of the earth as the saying goes, and they have been there for me every step of the way. I may not have seen them frequently, but they have always been there pulling for me as I’ve somewhat stumbled adjusting to my home state.

So, sit back and read about the start of my adventure – this time knowing how it all will turn out.

A River Runs Through It 

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Redneck Immersion Experience: Cuisine

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Redneck Immersion Experience: Business Consulting

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6 Comments on “My Redneck Immersion Experience Re-run

  1. I really enjoyed these articles. I grew up in a small town in southern AZ. There were lots of farmers, ranchers, small town folk. I liked some of the aspects of it growing up but didn’t enjoy how the gossip defined you, even when it wasn’t true. I have lived back there only for a year, staying in my Mom’s house. I managed to lead a breathwork workshop for her friends, teach a very small psychic class, and also led an equinox ceremony at a new little new age store, but I am not interested in living there ever again.

    It is great that you are still in touch with your college friends. I went to all three universities in our state and one junior college, dropped out after my first semester after my brother died, then went back later, so I didn’t have that consistent connection with college friends and I’m not in touch with any of them.

    Your gathering sounded like a lot of fun. I’m not into guns, but the river, most of the food, and lively conversation sounds wonderful!

    • Well I’m not into guns either, but I had to try them out. I was curious. We did have fun. Thanks for sharing about your trip back home. I told you about my little opportunity coming up, and I think I’m leaning more and more toward wanting to move. As I think back on all of these times, they were fun but I’m not in a place where I can find my tribe.

      • At least you’ve had old friends to play with and spiritual offerings like that church and other places you’ve mentioned, to support your growth.

  2. I was just thinking about that weekend the other day . Love your writing

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