Happy New Year 2016!

Did you eat any traditional New Years Day foods today? I had black eyed peas, corn bread, cabbage, ham, rice and spinach.
“Peas have been all that stood between Southerners and starvation at times,” said Jamie Ross, who is making a documentary film about the mixing and melding of African, Native American and European cultures — specifically regarding food — in the American South. “Booker T. Washington talks about how if they didn’t have anything else, people had peas and cornbread. Maybe that’s why we eat them on New Year’s Day. They remind us that we’ve made it this far and we can make it another year.” KPCC
The custom of eating greens such as cabbage, collard greens, mustard greens, kale or spinach to bring money is said to come from the South. Cabbage leaves are considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency. Similarly, there is a Chinese tradition in which the Lion spews out cabbage leaves in the Lion Dance during  Chinese New Year  parades? The lion spews out cabbages onto the ground with enough force to break them to symbolize the spreading of good fortune among the crowd. Greens such as collards or spinach may be substituted. The Pennsylvania Dutch eat sauerkraut to get rich.
Rice is a lucky food that is eaten in some regions on New Year’s Day. One more from the Southerners: eating cornbread will bring wealth.
Whether these foods actually ensure health, wealth or luck, or simply are a superstition, it is a fun family tradition to enjoy these on the first day of the new year. Have a great one!
 Happy New Year 2016

Wynne Huddleston Radio Interview

I was asked to be on the radio show Supertalk Meridian, Mississippi, Behind the Scenes with host Richelle Putnam, singer, songwriter and author. Please click here and go to Nov. 25 to listen to my interview. There are a few commercials, then around 6:50 I start reading my poem “From the Depths of Red Bluff,” after which I named my book. During the 30 minute interview I also read “Where Muscadines Grow” and “For Sale: Memory for a Song.” All three of these are in my book. I also talk about my upcoming book signings and projects. Thank you listening and supporting Wynne Huddleston Poetry!

Have a safe and happy holiday season!


book tree light

The baby window at Bay WIndow Books, Brandon, MS


Happy 2015!

I had a great 2014. I worked very, very hard, but the rewards were worth it! I had my first book, From the Depths of Red Bluff published by the Mississippi Poetry Society, and I became a National Board Certified Teacher. For more about my year in review, please click here. I can’t wait to see what this year will bring…. and I can’t wait to hold my granddaughter, due in June. My youngest son and his wife are having their first child! I wish all of my dear readers a happy, healthy 2015!

New Year 2015 Urdu Poetry

Gifts from My Students

While we teachers complain about how wild students are at this time of year, with the rush to get in the last bit of year-end testing, put on plays, tie shoes, zip coats, replace hair bows, sweep floors, along with the stress of buying presents, cooking, baking, decorating and then putting things away, let us take time to reflect upon those little gifts–those little sticks of kindling that keep our passion for teaching burning in our hearts.  To see what these kindling gifts are, click HERE

For heartwarming poems, read my book From the Depths of Red Bluff!