Let Us Be A Queen, Too: Miss College COTR

Let Us Be A Queen, Too: Miss College COTR

I know we're in college now, but can't we have one last chance at our favorite part of Christmas in Demopolis?

So, I grew up in a small town called Demopolis, AL. Many of you that will see this have probably never heard of it, but few of you have. For those of you that do not know of this small southern town, it hosts a festival-type event every year to celebrate Christmas, the holiday that gets celebrated for months in the south.

This event, called Christmas on the River, begins in October, when most are thinking of pumpkins and Halloween costumes, with a series of beauty pageants ranging from Little Miss COTR, all the way to the coveted Miss COTR that every girl dreams of becoming one day. The event then lingers on through November, consisting of plentiful behind-the-scenes work in preparation for the events themselves. I was lucky enough to help with the numerous float building projects and organizing aspects of this wonderful event, due to the fact that my mom was chairman of the day parade for many years. The events begin in December, with the celebration of the special child and the announcement of St. Nick, a reading of The Christmas Story and the lighting of the downtown park with a visit from Santa himself, and then Christmas in the Canebrake, candlelit tours of historical homes, Canebrake children's plays, the Alabama State BBQ Cook-Off, Fair in the Square arts and crafts show, a day parade, and a nautical night parade with a fireworks show and semi-formal Gala on the Tombigbee River. The queens and their courts chosen in the pageants play a special role in all of these events, a true honor to anyone that receives it.

However, my Christmas wish is that the Chamber of Commerce will consider adding a Miss College COTR. I myself was chosen as Little Miss COTR many years ago, and it was an experience I will never forget. What I'm asking for is a last chance for all those girls that have graduated high school and gone off to college, to participate, once again, in the best part about growing up in Demopolis, AL. I would like for a college version of Miss COTR to be created for girls freshman-seniors in college. Why not add a new tradition to the many we already love? So, to put a smile on all of our stressed out, college student faces, let us have this chance to reminisce.

So, ladies, let's grab our gowns and heels, do our hair and makeup while listening to some Christmas tunes and be queens one last time.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning. You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret. So here are 20 tattoos where you can't go wrong. Here are 20 small tattoos with big meanings. (But don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!).

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki” means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris” means “light in darkness.”

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora” is translated literally as “Towards greater things.” It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore.” It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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There's One Shoe Brand I Swear By As A Petite Woman

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Shoe shopping has been, without a doubt, an incredible challenge for me. I stopped growing early at a mere four foot and eleven inches tall. I learned to embrace my petite stature, but finding mature-looking shoes that fit my size two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half feet can be quite the hassle. Of course, purchasing children's' gym shoes and booties for a lower price is a plus, but I have yet to come across a single in-person store near me that carries my petite needs.

Cinderella of Boston, an online petite shoe shop based in the U.S. offering sizes two-and-half to five-and-a-half, though remote from my Chicagoland home, has been my saving grace.

I've been one of their loyal customers for eight years, with the many pairs I've purchased from them still in-tact. Like any shoe you wear often, there's some wear-and-tear, but some paint touchups and heel replacements when needed are to be expected. Many of their in-season shoes range anywhere from forty to eighty dollars with a few exceptions, such as leather boots that are marked up. Their sale rack has discounted products if you're hoping to find lower prices of any potential leftovers.

From what I've observed over the years, they usually refresh their catalog for each of the four seasons, boasting around seventy new pairs each time. They feature a wide range from gym shoes to flats to wedges to various heel heights. They offer both traditional, classic styles and on-trend looks, allowing you to have a fashionable variety to choose to complete officewear or cap off your outfit for that special formal event.

I know there aren't many petite women as tiny in the foot department as me in my own circle, but I know there are plenty of you out there facing the same issue I am. Please consider ordering a pair, and if you don't like them or pick the wrong size, you can always send them back. Truthfully, I don't always find my right size on the first try, even as a regular customer, because we all know that each shoe design fits slightly differently at almost every store, but once you find that pair that fits like a glove then you can treat the search as a long-term investment. It's worth a shot, isn't it?

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