Home again, Home again, Jiggety-Jig

Well, after two weeks I’m happy to be home again. And my Ralph Stanley can claim the same – now home in Gloryland, singing at the Masters feet. While I am deeply saddened, I know where he is and I know I will see him there one day. There is shoutin’ on the Hills of Glory tonight Ralph.

After hearing of his passing the night before I was set to drive part way home, I turned up my speakers and listened to Ralph nearly the whole way. The majority of the songs were “sacred songs” as he liked to call them, and every single one was appropriate for the day.

I’m so grateful his high lonesome tenor will be forever available when I need to hear it.

So on a much brighter note –  Cheryl and I had a wonderful trip to New England. Here are a few sneak peeks of some of the amazing homes you will see featured in A Simple Life next year. I met so many new friends on this journey and got wonderful hugs from many long-time ones.

Between Massachusetts and Connecticut we found amazing homes and one wonderful General Store ~

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And now I better get back to work if any of you are going to be receiving your “Homemade” orders that you placed while I was gone!    see you soon …. Jill    P.S  BE SURE AND GET THOSE REGISTRATIONS IN FOR THE SIMPLE LIFE FOLK SCHOOL! We’re getting ready for you!

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Headin’ Out

I wanted to drop a line before I head out to New England for two weeks and you think I dropped off the planet. I just returned from a photo shoot in Canada a couple of days ago, and I have eight amazing houses to do in the next month. LOTS of great things coming to A Simple Life! I’m always so grateful for all the amazing homes I get to share with you. Our homeowners are the VERY BEST!

So I will leave you with just a handful of photos that will be coming to an issue of the magazine in the coming year – and be thinking of all the great homes I will be photographing for the future! Life is full of promises and great things!

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And since I’m going to be doing a LOT of driving – I will leave you with a tune!

Or … two!

The Free State of Jones

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Matthew McConaughey and Mahershala Ali (center left) star in THE FREE STATE OF JONES

Coming to the big screen June 24th – “The Free State of Jones,” based on the true story of Mississippi farmer, Newt Knight, (played by none other than the extraordinary Matthew McConaughey) tells of his armed rebellion against the Confederacy.

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Excerpts from the movie website –

Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones.

Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War. 

Though often debated, most now see it as an economic revolt— poor farmers who didn’t want to shoulder the burden of a war fought to benefit rich slave-holders. They called it a “rich man’s war and poor man’s fight.”

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The Knight Company was organized and surprisingly effective. There is clear and compelling evidence that the area around Jones County declared “independence” toward the end of the Civil War. In 1934, Newt Knight’s son wrote the following:

“They did not want to be put under a slave government. They believed in a free government, equal rights to all people, rich or poor. It should not make any difference who they were. So as my father told us, [of] the 375 men that voted to stay with the Union about 250 of them met together with the understanding they would come together and bind themselves together and to constitute a Free State of Jones.”

— Tom Knight

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See the trailer here:

I know right where I’ll be June 24th !!!!  (Did I mention the extraordinary Texas native Matthew McConaughey is the lead actor? ha!)

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