Contrary to popular belief piddlin is not always leisure time

  • Monday, April 1, 2013

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Not only is she a South Carolina award-winning columnist, but she is also the proud author of a new book, entitled “Piddlin’ in Dixie.”

Renae Brabham is a local flavor and humor writer for the Moultrie News. She also enjoys blogging for Charlestongrit.com. Expressing life in the simplicity of Lowcountry living, brings her immense joy thus resulting in “Piddlin’ in Dixie.”

Her stories about excursions, food and humor and more off the beaten path in Charleston have been complied into one book from her collection of online columns for the Moultrie News.

In addition to her book release, Brabham was named a first place winner for the South Carolina Press Association 2012 News Contest online writing category (open division). Her column was submitted by the Moultrie News where she is featured online at www.MoultrieNews.com as a weekly online humor writer.

Brabham is a South Carolina native and was educated in Dorchester County. She and her husband moved to Winston Salem, N.C., after getting married and after 25 years of owning a residential painting company there, they picked up shop and returned to their roots.

She’s been home now for two and a half years and was more than happy to get back to where “people wear shoes on the half shell,” - (A quote by author Ken Burger), she said.

Once home she forced herself to take up a new venture and that venture turned out to be writing.

She has always been a story teller, Brabham explained. Her father inspired her to jot down those stories. He told her numerous stories about living in the south and snakes, and gators and hunting and fishing. “I thought it was a shame nobody was sharing those stories anymore. And for me, anyone who would lend me their ear got to hear those old stories.”

That’s how her writing began.

She began recording them on paper, and ultimately realized that she herself was not sharing those stories by putting them in a box in the corner of a room.

The Moultrie News became her vessel and she has been writing columns weekly for two years and this year, her talent did not go unrecognized, as judges for the annual SCPA news contest named her best in the state.

And to top it off, she has a book signing at Boone Hall Farms Cafe on Saturday, March 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Piddlin’ in Dixie” is also available on Amazon. The book will be carried in local stores in the coming months as well.

And her inspiration, her father, while in declining health, will be there to see her big moment that day.

“My favorite thing about living in the south would be fishing or the water. I love to walk mindlessly on the beach and clear my head. It’s just the ebb and flow of the ocean that sooths everything and shows balance,” she said.

And while she lived in the center of North Carolina for 25 years, she considers herself a Sandlapper.

While most people think salt water makes their skin dry and ashy, to her it’s a natural moisturizer, just as the sand, in her view, is an exfoliant.

And contrary to popular belief piddlin’ is not always leisure time.

Piddlin’ can be anything from bush-hogging a field to snapping a bushel basket of green beans on the front porch.

It might easily be described by southerners as “what we do when there weren’t exactly any plans to do anything.”

Grab yourself a long tall glass of tea and sit a spell.

This little diddy will explain what piddlin’ is. Read more from Brabham at www.createspace.com/4116559 or visit her website at www.reneabrabham.com. Also find past columns online at www.moultrienews.com.

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