Allison Glock

Recent Posts By Allison Glock

From the Magazine’s Pages: When the Spirit Moves You

In three months’ time, I will be leaving Tennessee and moving to Georgia so my husband, Mr. Beasley, can take a prestigious teaching job at a local university. Though the relocation is best for our family, I’ve nonetheless tumbled into mourning about leaving my historic Victorian home behind like a summer lover.

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Ruffled Feathers: Talking Mom Down From Waterfowl Assassination

Sometimes, Mother Nature just gives you the bird.

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A Bad Look

One mother ponders the beast of self-reflection in this digital age. My 13-year-old daughter, Dixie, is in the bathroom taking pictures of herself. She is doing this because she has observed other girls doing this, and because she has seen the comments said girls have gotten after posting their photographs online or sending them via text thread.

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Mother Load

  For moms of teenagers, one Sunday each May seems hardly enough. We’re really just here to keep them alive until they’re 18,” my husband keeps telling me about our two girls, both of whom are entering that theme park of misery known as The Teenage Years. His mandate is easier said than done. Mostly because it is I who […]

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Why the Southern Housewives are the Most Real of All

Are you watching that show again?” my daughter Dixie asks, her nose wrinkled in disdain. “Yes,” I answer sheepishly. “It’s horrible. I know. Now close the door!” I blame my husband. For years I existed in naïve bliss, unaware of the reality television behemoth known as The Real Housewives franchise. Then, one spring day he convinced me to sit with […]

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Spring Awakening

As the weather warms, the South unfurls from social hibernation. I know it is officially spring when Lois and Ty’s fish thaw. Just down the block, my neighbors tend a koi pond in their yard, and for most of our East Tennessee winter, their fish live in a chilly suspended animation, hearts slowed to a sporadic pulse until the weather […]

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Family Matters

In the South, your people are determined by much more than bloodline. About 40 minutes up the road from my house is the Museum of Appalachia, a sprawling compound of historic cabins, cantilever barns, exhibit halls, and heirloom gardens populated by free-range peacocks, guinea hens, miniature fainting goats, and a particularly docile Highland cow named Clover, who moos when you […]

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Siegfried and Joy

During a holiday away from home, Allison Glock celebrates Santa in Sin City.

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Taking Sides

Some dishes—no matter how bad—show up every holiday season. Every Southern family has one. The dreaded, time-honored dish. The squash casserole or giblet stuffing recipe that has been passed down generation after generation and must be prepared every Thanksgiving come ham hock or high water. This dish generally comes with a name. “Aunt Ida’s potato soup.” Or “Meemaw’s succotash soufflé.” […]

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Tricky Business

One mother’s quest to preserve modesty in a modern Halloween. The same argument happens every October. It begins the day the Halloween costume catalogs arrive.

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