We're on the cusp of 2024. Based on the trajectory of the past few years, there doesn't seem to be much cause for optimism, and I haven't heard much hopeful chatter in real life or on the interwebs. It's my philosophy that at the global level, what will happen will happen, and you or I can't do much to change that. However, what we CAN do is engage in small, purposeful actions with the goal of edifying ourselves, preserving things that are valuable, and savoring moments of joy and meaning in our everyday lives.
One way to do this is to cultivate the habit of keeping alive our Southern culture and traditions. Those of us who value the old and contemporary South have a wonderful new resource for incorporating it into our daily lives. Our friends at Shotwell Publishing ("Southern Books. No Apologies.") are offering their first edition of the 365 Days of Dixie calendar for 2024.
The 365 Days of Dixie calendar is like none you've ever owned. Of course, it has beautiful graphics for each month that celebrate historic and modern-era aspects of Southern culture. But it is unique in that it also has reminders of important dates for Dixians to note - and not just for Civil War and Confederate history enthusiasts, though there's a-plenty for those folks. This calendar includes the birthdates of important contributors to Southern thought and culture like Flannery O'Connor, M.E. Bradford, and Wendell Berry, to name a few. You'll also be reminded of the anniversaries of important happenings in modern US history such as the federal siege against civilians at Ruby Ridge, and the anniversary of the attack on lawful pro-monument demonstrators in Lee Park, Charlottesville Virginia in 2017. More positive commemorations, like like the launch of the Beverly Hillbillies show, the publication of "I'll Take My Stand," and the first Augusta Masters tournament are included too.
They didn't include any Muslim holidays or specify which Ethnic-Subgroup-American History is being celebrated each month, so if you need those reminders, you probably ought to just get a calendar at Walmart. But if Dixie is number one in your heart, there is no other choice! Get your favorite new calendar HERE.
The Carolina Contrarian, Anne Wilson Smith, is the author of Charlottesville Untold: Inside Unite the Right and Robert E. Lee: A History Book for Kids. She is the creator of Reckonin' and has contributed to the Abbeville Institute website and Vdare. She is a soft-spoken Southern belle by day, opinionated writer by night. She loves Jesus, her family, and her hometown. She enjoys floral dresses and acoustic guitar music. You may contact Carolina Contrarian at CarolinaContrarian@protonmail.com.