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Miss Budge In Love The Short Adventures of Mildred Budge [Kindle Edition]

Daphne Simpkins

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In MISS BUDGE IN LOVE Daphne Simpkins offers an entertaining collection of insightful and often humorous short stories that feature the irrisitible Miss Mildred Budge. A retired public school teacher, Miss Budge embarks on a series of slice-of-life adventures that take readers into the intriguing and authentic lives of Southern church women.

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About the Author

Alabama native Daphne Simpkins has written about life in the South for a variety of periodicals, most often THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE. The author of two books, THE LONG GOOD NIGHT(Eerdmans) and NAT KING COLE: AN UNFORGETTABLE LIFE OF MUSIC(Junebug books), Daphne teaches at Auburn University Montgomery and is an active member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation speakers bureau, the Road Scholars. CLOVERDALE, a novel featuring Mildred Budge and her Berean friends, will be released in 2011. You may reach her through www.DaphneSimpkins.com .

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Born in Montgomery, AL where F.Scott Fitzgerald courted Zelda, Daphne Simpkins
teaches writing at Auburn University Montgomery and presently produces a series of humorous short stories featuring retired school teacher Mildred Budge for various periodicals in the U.S. and in Canada.

Before Daphne Simpkins became the biographer of the fictional Mildred Budge, she wrote a biography for children about Nat King Cole, who was also born in Montgomery, AL not far from downtown where her own childhood was spent in an apartment building converted from an antebellum mansion by her ingenious father. Asked years later to write the book about Cole while she was taking care of her ailing father, Daphne accepted because her mother had loved Nat Cole's music--and listening to it helped her manage the days of confinement as her father's caregiver.


She continued the tradition of being a biographer by writing about her family's life in the southern United States, and many of these at-home essays were published all over the United States and often in The Chicago Tribune. Although written primarily for entertainment, Simpkins ultimately ended up creating a series of vignettes that would lay the groundwork for the book she would write about her father's world when his mind began to unravel from Alzheimer's disease. In The Long Good Night, Daphne explores not only the nature of this memory-killing disease but the nature and power of love to survive in spite of it. John Bayley, the husband of Iris Murdoch and the author of Elegy for Iris, calls The Long Good Night, "a remarkable book."

You can reach Daphne Simpkins at DaphneSimpkins@prodigy.net or through Facebook.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Budge In Love 12 Nov. 2010
By pattyd - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an hilarious collection of short stories depicting life in the south with church-going southern women. It's got something everyone can relate to--it has heart and humor. It's a must read.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Budge Defies the Stereotypes 12 Nov. 2010
By Guin Nance - Published on Amazon.com
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Forget the stereotypes of Southern belles, genteel church ladies, and women over a certain age: Mildred Budge confronts life in her Southern community and in the company of her church-going pals with humor and acuity.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising and refreshing 18 April 2014
By Sandy the bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed Miss Budge in Love very much. Her inner life, thoughts on God and people, her outlook was wonderful and compassionate. She was reasonable but also very adventurous. A very good reminder that there is always more than we can see, hear or know. I feel like I have known some Miss Budge's in my life who knows I could be one even if I am a Mrs. I would enjoy more about Miss Budge. She was honest about how she felt yet was not constantly correcting others. She was one who loved God and people with her whole heart and yet was wise, kind and in prayer and praise where ever she was.You can enjoy it in bits and pieces which I did or read all at one time. Thanks you for Miss Budge who makes us realize life is full of excitement, mundane work, good and bad days but all to be thankful for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the collection 1 Aug. 2013
By Cecelia - Published on Amazon.com
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I know those ladies. I AM those ladies! Smart, thought-provoking - love Simpkins' easy style that says, "Come back for more."
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mildred is an entertaining Christian lady 9 Jun. 2013
By Sherry - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book for people who are interested in the thinking of a devout Christian lady of a certain age who in most cases, especially the last chapter, is not afraid to think out of her box. Entertaining. I takes place in Montgomery AL.
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