Lists: I Really Want to Know. . . Don’t You?

Drumroll, please.  Today’s the first post in a new category at Southern Exposure.  If you like it I’ll probably do this as often as I come up with new lists.  Because this category is ALL about lists. 

The fun part is that if you comment on this post and any other “Lists” posts this month, adding your own item to the list I’ve begun, you’ll be entered in a giveaway for an autographed novel.   You can’t enter on Facebook, or Goodreads.  You must come right here, click on comments and add your two cents worth.

Be funny, be serious, speak from the heart.  Just follow the topic.

Caution:  No politics or religion allowed.  While those may be my favorite discussions at the dinner table–going against everything my mother taught me–they are NOT appropriate for this blog and won’t be accepted.  I also ask you not to be unkind.  You may think #3 below is unkind, but quite honestly, it’s a real question.  I really don’t know who these people are. 

So without further adieu, here’s my first list.  There’ll be a different topic each time. I’m already working on the next one.  Enjoy!

I Really Want to Know. . .

1–Why women in the twenty-first-century emulate their Chinese sisters of an earlier era and wear shoes that constrict and eventually reshape their feet and make moving freely more difficult.

2–Why homeowners pay for expensive gym memberships AND landscape crews to keep their yards mulched, raked, planted and mowed.

3–Who the Karadashians are and why anybody, other than their family/close friends/high school graduating classes, cares about what they do/think/wear.

4–Why fifteen states still allow texting while driving.  Of those states, why do twelve make no exception for school bus drivers.

5–Why reviewers praise novels about serial killers and disparage novels about love.

How about you?  Shall we try for a list of ten–at least?


  1. Beth on January 13, 2012 at 10:05 am

    1. WHY do people who live in Michigan complain about getting snow in the Winter?
    2. WHY do people feel that it is okay for them to give their honest opinion but not for others to do the same?
    3. WHY doesn’t everyone love to read?
    4. WHY do so many people complain about having a job when they should be thankful they are not one of the unemployed?
    5. WHY do so many people wait for special occasions to let their loved ones know how much they love and appreciate them?

  2. Audrey Bonnell on January 13, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Wow Emilie, that is some list. I have no idea about any of them, although I have heard talk about the Karadashians. I guess my feelings are who cares I really dislike this kind of reality show and don’t most of them. Most importantly you blew me away with the fact that in some states bus drivers for schools can text while driving a very precious cargo around.
    My question is: Why do some men feel it is ok to tell you big stories about how great they were in the past. Is it not just as important to be loved for who you are NOW?
    Ok so that may be 2 questions. God bless Emilie and keep writing.

  3. JoAn GODFREY on January 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    why do we have to listen to dish and direct tv bash each other when they are the same company???

  4. Tina Huneycutt on January 13, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    When I first read this topic, I thought WOW this will be easy…hmmmm not so much

    Why do people ask questions when they really don’t want the answer?

    Why does fat and sugar taste so good yet is so bad for us?

    • Emilie Richards on January 14, 2012 at 10:34 am

      I’ve wondered about that fat and sugar thing, too. I mean, why can’t broccoli be bad for us? (Sorry to those who love it.) Of course it’s not too bad if you make a nice fatty, cheesy sauce to go with it. . .

  5. Lynn Ross - Toledo on January 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Why we are so threaatened by those who disagree with us.

  6. Maureen Johnson on January 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Why don’t men complain about women leaving the toilet seat down?

  7. Wanda on January 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Why don’t teenagers listen to their parents?
    Why do we often not realize how important someone is to us until we loose them?
    Why do people make some of the choices they do, even when they are immoral and hurt themselves and others?
    Why do women allow ourselves to be used as sex objects?
    Why doesn’t the government make those who receive welfare do some kind of work in return for the money?
    Why can’t people learn to get along, and agree to disagree?
    Why do so many marriages end in divorce?
    Why are some people so against breast feeding?

  8. Pat Pollock on March 9, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I see cell phones as being only one step away from Dick Tracy’s wristwatch. I can’t wait until I no longer have to carry it in my pocket. But I am a college instructor, and I have several classes where we talk about cell phone etiquette. I don’t know how well my students listen, but they are taught!

  9. CathyC in Alberta on March 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Why do our children look at us like we are stupid when we ask a techy questions about cell phones?
    Why do young people feel it is acceptable to text a Thank You when you send them a gift?

  10. Cynthia Dunlop on April 5, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Hello Emilie, I love your books, once you start reading one it’s hard to put down, also love the pig singing My Girl. Keep writing your wonderful stories. I look forward to more.

    • Emilie Richards on April 5, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Thank you, Cynthia. What a great way to start my day.

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