Welcome Guest Blogger Author Deidre Ann Banville!


I’m so happy to be able to introduce you to this author. Deidre Ann Banville has written a wonderful book on Caulbearers. I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did. It was a real eye-opener for me, and made me want to read the book. Don’t forget to leave a comment so your name will be in the running for a beautiful Southern Living basket.

Also, after the article are the addresses of other blogs on this tour. We’d love you to visit them, enjoy the articles, and leave comments for more chances to win.

 

NEW ORLEANS CAULBEARERS

During the early 1900s, there was a very large, majestic live oak tree which grew on Jackson Square, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Looking across it’s massive branches and moss covered limbs one could see the St. Louis Cathedral and the Mississippi River.  It was and still is a reminder of New Orleans’ old cultures and superstitions. Witches or anyone thought to be a witch, dealing with spirits and the supernatural were hung in this tree. Thus this historic tree was called The Hanging Tree.

My mother was born in 1908 with a veil. Then as is now, a baby born with a “veil” was known as a caulbearer. A facial veil is a thin layer of SKIN, not membrane from the amniotic sac, as it was described to me by my birthing physician. You see, when I was born in 1941, I too was born with a veil, but it was a full veil. Facial veils just cover the baby’s face, mine covered my face and body. Because there are so many superstitions and myths that follow this type of birth it wasn’t spoken about to anyone. Most family members were not told if a baby was born a caul. Remember, New Orleans at this time was a melting pot of cultures from immigrants who came from all over the world. Many people believed in voodoo, witches and other cult religions. It was the law way back then, that anyone even suspected of being a witch would be hung on the Hanging Tree. It is written now that less than 1 baby in 100,000 babies born are born with a veil.

When I came along, my mother harbored this information from me and the rest of the family. As time went by, noticing I was different, I would ask questions of my mother. I would witness spiritual things going on with my mother. I would get a pat on my head as a child and just told, “oh, you were born with a veil”. That was it. There was no “google” to go check, and I was too young anyway to know what people were whispering about me. I grew up normal, but thought everyone could hear, see, think the same things I was experiencing.

I vividly remember a summer trip with the family to Arkansas. My father was driving, mom in the front seat, and children in the back of a very long Buick. We drove for miles while my father looked for a stream he wanted to go fly fishing in and we could cool off in the stream and have a picnic. Suddenly, without fanfare, I saw this place my father was thinking and talking about. I leaned forward and told him exactly where it was, how far to drive and look on the left. The whole car gazed at me, but I just thought they were thinking how cute I was. I was eight years old. We pulled right up to the spot, kids all screaming to get out and go swimming and it was the exact spot that I saw in my mind. These types of things went on and are still going on.

During my 70 years on earth, I have learned so many things. Living with the gift of a veil has been, and still is, an amazing spiritual trip for me. There are too many stories to put here in this little blog, but I have just released my new book, and the only book of it’s kind. True stories debunking superstitions associated with the veil, all good things, all Godly things and I am truly blessed to have been born a caulbearer.

I do run into many evil skeptics and it never bothers me, because I know a message will soon be given to me or to them that will change their beliefs.
Helping other people gain encouragement or knowledge as to how to listen to their hearts and souls, is what is exciting for caulbearers. God gives us the information we need, when we need it and directs those who need help to us in the most exciting “coincidences” you have ever heard of.

Sometimes it is wise to be skeptical at the things you read on the internet. There are truly false prophets out there and my book explains, through witnesses, just how you are supposed to gather your gifts. I wrote my book mainly because I was driven to by God, for other caulbearers, so they may help others as I do on a daily basis. We are not witches, we are not starting a new religion, we are only answering God to help others. I questioned a lot of messages I was given, over and over I argued with Him, I didn’t want to look like a fool, telling strangers things I didn’t know where the information came from. I am an educated woman and so I argued with the voices. I found that every time I am asked to interpret signs, or get messages for people I do not know, they are always the correct things to do. The joy someone has who has lost a son by suicide, who hears me say, he is okay now, he is in heaven, he is telling me to tell you, this or that…he has on a blue shirt, with sleeves rolled up, and on it goes, that mother sobs for her son, but since I described what he had on when he killed himself, and he is talking…how can the mother doubt what I just said. That is how it goes and more.

I am a caulbearer, but mostly an astounding listener. To this day, I get amazed at some of the things God has me do. Throw in every word you know about paranormal, saints, visitations, ghosts, angels, everything, and that is who we are and what we do. But, only through God. He has chosen caulbearers to be his messengers on earth for the souls that have passed through the veil.


BIO:
AUTHOR, Deidre Ann Banville, is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and has released her first book BORN WITH A VEIL; NOW WHAT? this month. Already she is getting raved reviews. Here are a few:

JW: “Be prepared for a full range of emotions as experienced by a real living Caulbearer. Rich in detail and captivating in its honesty, you will not put this book down once you’ve read the first page. For most of us, the failures and disappointments in life take their toll, but not for Ms Banville. Capturing life’s ups and downs with faith, humility and a strong belief in the Almighty, this book demonstrates that with God, all things are possible.”

pac: “What a wonderful view of life! The author carries you along with her in her many experiences. This is a book you will keep and read over and over again.”

vhs: “Truly, she has a gift from God. More than just stories, these inspirational experiences are uplifting. Deidre’s life long desire to understand her blessings and use for greater good, leaves you yearning for more. ”

Please visit her website for more information about her book and video trailer:  ithaveil.com

And for your further reading pleaseure, check out the blog of Penny Leisch today, and the two blogs listed below hers on Monday. Thanks for coming and good luck!

Blog Owner: Penny Leisch
Guest Blogger: Trisha Faye
Title: “Change…as the moon goes on shining”
URL: http://apennyandchange.pennyleisch.com/blog

Tour Date: Mon. July 2
Blog Name: Zetta’s House of Random Thoughts
Blog Owner: Zetta Brown
Title: “Texas Tornadoes and Other Memories”
URL: http://zettashouse.wordpress.com

Tour Date: Mon. July 2
Blog Name: Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia
Blog Owner: Patricia Dorsey
Title: “A (Southern) Life in Poems”
URL: http://patricianeelydorsey.blogspot.com/

Southern Writers Blog Tour – Day 2


The She Writes Southern Writers 4th of July Countdown Blog Tour continues!

The more blogs you visit and the more comments you make throughout the tour, the more chances you get to win a $50 Southern-living themed prize AND other prizes along the way!

TODAY’S TOUR STOPS:

Blog Name: Ruminations and Reflections
Blog Owner: Rebecca Elswick
Guest Blogger: Natalie Parker-Lawrence
Title: “Patrice Melnick: Louisiana Poet, Festival Muse”
URL: http://wwwrebeccaelswick.blogspot.com

Blog Name: Holly’s Narrative Dream
Blog Owner: Holly Raychelle Hughes
Title: “Pictures and Words”
URL: http://www.writerhughes.wordpress.com

She Writes Southern Writers 4th of July Countdown Blog Tour


Yaaaay! Tomorrow our great Southern writers blog tour begins. Below is the full schedule. There is a great gift basket up for grabs. The more blogs you visit and the more comments you make, the better chance you have to win. I hear that some of the authors are also offering books as prizes.  I think you’ll enjoy what we have cooked up for you. So, pull up a chair, grab an iced tea, or a mint julip, and join in.

Tour Date: Wed. June 27
Blog Name: Sweet Music on Moonlight Ridge
Blog Owner: Ramey Channell
Title: “Evolution AND Creationism: The Birth of a Southern Novel”
URL: http://www.sweetmusiconmoonlightridge.blogspot.com

Tour Date: Wed. June 27
Blog Name: My Writing Journey
Blog Owner: Charity Bradford
Title: “Hospitality, Welcome to the South”
URL: http://charitywrites.blogspot.com

Tour Date: Th. June 28
Blog Name: Ruminations and Reflections
Blog Owner: Rebecca Elswick
Guest Blogger: Natalie Parker-Lawrence
Title: “Patrice Melnick: Louisiana Poet, Festival Muse”
URL: http://wwwrebeccaelswick.blogspot.com

Tour Date: Th. June 28
Blog Name: Holly’s Narrative Dream
Blog Owner: Holly Raychelle Hughes
Title: “Pictures and Words”
URL: http://www.writerhughes.wordpress.com

Tour Date: Fri. June 29
Blog Name: Musings & Meanderings: Thoughts on Life and Healing
Blog Owner: Melanie Pennington
Title: “The Flavors of My Childhood”
URL: http://musingsandmeanderings-mlp.blogspot.com/

Tour Date: Fri. June 29
Blog Name: The Full-Bodied (Book) Blog
Blog Owner: Zetta Brown
Guest Blogger: Dera Williams
Title: “Not Your Storybook Southern Belle”
URL: http://fullbodiedbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Tour Date: Sat. June 30
Blog Name: Delani Bartlette’s Travel Blog
Blog Owner: Delani Bartlette
Guest Blogger: Stacy Allen
Title: “Changing The Past, Inventing The Future”
URL: http://matadornetwork.com/community/delanib

Tour Date: Sat. June 30
Blog Name: Emily Kennedy, Author
Blog Owner: Emily Kennedy
Title: “Southern Gentlemen”
URL: http://emilykennedyauthor.com

Tour Date: Sun. July 1
Blog Name: Ryder Islington, Author
Blog Owner: Ryder Islington
Guest Blogger: Deidre Ann Banville
Title: “New Orleans Caulbearers”
URL: https://ryderislington.wordpress.com

Tour Date: Sun. July 1
Blog Name: A Penny and Change
Blog Owner: Penny Leisch
Guest Blogger: Trisha Faye
Title: “Change…as the moon goes on shining”
URL: http://apennyandchange.pennyleisch.com/blog

Tour Date: Mon. July 2
Blog Name: Zetta’s House of Random Thoughts
Blog Owner: Zetta Brown
Title: “Texas Tornadoes and Other Memories”
URL: http://zettashouse.wordpress.com

Tour Date: Mon. July 2
Blog Name: Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia
Blog Owner: Patricia Dorsey
Title: “A (Southern) Life in Poems”
URL: http://patricianeelydorsey.blogspot.com/

Tour Date: Tue. July 3
Blog Name: A Penny’s Worth
Blog Owner: Penny Leisch
Guest Blogger: NancyKay Sullivan Wessman
Title: “Books & Business & Reality: No magic bullet”
URL: http://pennyleisch.com/wordpress

Tour Date: Tue. July 3
Blog Name: The Novelette
Blog Owner: Laura Gschwandtner
Title: “Southern Living with True Grit”
URL: http://thenovelette.com/blog

SOUTHERN LIVING: Football!


Thought I’d add another article on Southern living, to prep my followers for the upcoming She Writes Southern Writers 4th of July Countdown Blog Tour. The first tour stop will be here:

 Tour Date: Wed. June 27
Blog Name: Sweet Music on Moonlight Ridge–Blog Owner: Ramey Channell
Title: “Evolution AND Creationism: The Birth of a Southern Novel”
URL: http://www.sweetmusiconmoonlightridge.blogspot.com

In the meantime,  here’s one you might enjoy about Southerners and their love of college football.

Let me tell you, there aren’t many Southerners who don’t like football. And we’re willing to discuss it with anyone, any time. Parents put their kids in football as soon as there’s an age-appropriate team available.

 If you’re planning on talking football with Southern fans, be ready to talk specifics. We know our teams. We know all the players. We understand the running patterns. We know the language. We can talk about flea-flickers, Hail Marys, touchbacks, and the 3-4 zone blitz defense. We know the stats of the individual players as well as those of our team, and often, the stats of opposing teams, at least those nearby. We can describe the last game, play-by-play. And don’t mess with our mascots—we can get hostile over our mascots.

 And let’s not even get into a discussion about officials! I mean, really, I think they’re all blind. Yes, we know all their hand signs, and most of their faces. We could easily pick them out of a crowd at the mall, or one of the many parades.

 For the most part, we show good sportsmanship…unless our team loses. Ooooh, that really gets my dander up! Between the blind officials and the opposing team’s fouls, we sometimes get cheated out of a win. That’s not a good time to bad mouth the local boys. After all, it wasn’t their fault. And for the most part, we don’t care for that darned replay contraption the officials use when they don’t like our team.

 There are lots of ‘wars’ between the states when it comes to football. I know a family from Louisiana. One of the daughters married and moved to Arkansas. You can imagine what football is like in that household. If the LSU Tigers are playing the Razorbacks in Arkansas, the family goes to the daughter’s house, so they can all go to the game. If the Razorbacks come to Shreveportto play LSU, the daughter and son-in-law come home so they can all go to the game. Never mind that the husband’s a wild boar—he’s still welcome. After all, family is more important than football. And I’m sticking to that story, no matter what you’ve heard.

SOUTHERN LIVING: Relationships Between Men and Women In The South


The upcoming She Writes Southern Writers 4th of July Countdown Blog Tour begins next Wednesday so I thought I’d give my readers a preview the kinds of articles you’ll find on the tour. So, I wrote this article to share with you today. This story is true. I was there to see it, so I know. I didn’t give specific names because the people involved are still alive and I don’t intend to cause any problems for anyone.

I thought I’d throw in a few articles in advance up the upcoming She Writes Southern Writers 4th of July Countdown Blog Tour, just to give you a taste of what you might find on the tour. I decided I’d share a story that shows a common relationship between husbands and wives in the South. So, here goes: There is a Mini-Storage in a very large city in the great state of Louisiana. A couple runs the business, and it’s been there for many years. A lot of customers are financially comfortable and rent spaces for storing Christmas decorations and other things that won’t fit in their garages.

The policy of the business is that whoever signs the contract has access and they can give access to anyone they choose. But it must be in writing. So Mrs.…let’s call her Smith, Mrs. Smith rented a large unit and her whole family participated in loading it. Months later her husband came to get something out. They have to sign in at the office. But his name was not on the contract, nor was there anything in writing giving him access. So Mrs. Manager told him he couldn’t get in. Well, being a ‘big man,’ he decided he’d do what he wanted so he jumped in his truck and drove right on back to that unit. Mrs. Manager walked back there, hot under the collar. She told him that if he tried to access the unit, she would call the police, to which he responded, “Why don’t you get your fanny up there in the office where you belong and leave me be.” He didn’t have a key, so he was going to cut the lock, which only made Mrs. Manager more irate. Wouldn’t he have a key if his wife wanted him in there? Are they separating and is he trying to take everything? She took out her phone and started to dial and the man threw his bolt cutters in the back of the truck, gave her a few choice words, and drove off.

A half-hour later, Mrs. Manager got a phone call from the wife. The two of them discussed what was wrong. Mrs. Smith thought her husband had access just like her. Mrs. Manager explained—again—the rules about written authorization. She also told the wife about the bolt cutters, a no-no on the property of any mini-storage, and what the husband said. “He said what?” “He told me to get my fanny back in the office where I belong,” Mrs. Manager said. “I’ll get back to you.”

A half-hour later, Mr. Smith returned to the Mini-Storage. He quietly entered the office, took his hat off and turned it round and round in his calloused hands for a moment, and then cordially apologized. To see that ‘big man’ so humbled was heartening. No one knows what was said between husband and wife, but whatever it was must have reminded Mr. Smith that men don’t talk distastefully to ladies, especially ladies they don’t know intimately. I suspect she had some form of ‘correction’ in mind for him. The couple moved everything out of that unit at the end of the month. After all, a wife can’t have a unit where her husband is not welcomed, and the relationship between Mr. Smith and Mrs. Manager of tenuous. Husbands and wives tend to stick together down here, even if one of them is wrong. Mrs. Smith chose not to do the simple thing and just give the written consent. She stood by her man, whom she assumed had been wronged. But only after she stood by a lady she didn’t know, and let her husband know she expected him to be a gentleman.

So, there you have it. While this story doesn’t represent all Southern men and/or women, it is representitive of our way of life. Husbands and wives stick together, but women tend to take up for each other too. Most of us take it for granted that if one spouse signs a document, it really includes the other spouse as a matter of custom.

I hope all of you will return and enjoy more articles about Southern Living. the tour schedule will be posted soon.

It’s Fat Tuesday!


I just want to start by saying if you live in a state or a city that doesn’t celebrate Mardi Gras, I’m sorry.

All over Louisiana, in small towns and big cities, there have been parades, parties and preparations. And Fat Tuesday is the culmination of the Mardi Gras season. I’ll never forget my first Mardi Gras. I had no idea! I moved to Louisiana not long after 9/11. I was here when Hurricane Katrina came through. I’ve seen a lot happen here, and in the world. But let me tell you, come hell or high water, Mardi Gras is celebrated.

My son gave my very close friends’ grand daughter (they live in Missouri)  beads for her birthday last year. No, wait. Listen. I’m not talking about a strand of beads. I’m not talking about a bag of strands. I’m talking about twenty-five pounds of beads! In every color, shape and size. Can you imagine how much fun she would have had collecting them herself?

I know there are news pieces and movies showing women baring their parts in order to get beads, but that’s just the excuse they use. Anyone standing along a parade route, and there are lots of parades, can get beads. Tons of them are thrown from floats. There are whole stores dedicated to the sale of Mardi Gras supplies.

There are parades in school. There are pet parades. There are parades of horses. And then there are  the float parades. And let me tell you about the floats. There are groups called krewes who finance the creation and operation of floats. Each krewe has a unique name. They have parties and all kinds of events. They collect money. They provide or lease a place where their float is kept all year. Where it is re-created and prepared anew each year. The floats are loaded with beads, plastic coins and cups and other party favors. Permits are obtained. Inspections are had. And then one day that float is brought out of that warehouse and the whole city gathers to celebrate.

There are four subjects you must be well-versed in if you’re going to live in Louisiana: football,  hunting, fishing, and Mardi Gras. If you don’t have an appreciation for at least a couple of these things, please find somewhere else to live, cause y’all ain’t gonna be happy here.