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THE BLOG

January 5, 2016

Happy 2016, dear hearts.  I have been away a very long time... moving my life across the country, filming a little movie, and going into full mourning over the Chipotle E. Coli outbreak have kept me v...

September 4, 2015

I love pie.  Apple pie, sweet potato pie, mixed berry pie.  Chocolate chess pie, pecan pie, banana cream pie.  I love baking pie, and I especially love eating pie… a fact that might explain why the be...

May 8, 2015

I'm writing today from a Starbucks on 42nd Street in the heart of Times Square.  The center of everything. Where the worlds of a "kind-of sort-of" Iron Man and a "maybe if I squint a little" Hello Kit...

February 4, 2015

Since beginning this blog a year ago, many people have called me a "Modern Day Emily Post".  Any debutante would consider this the ultimate compliment, and I am no exception.  Emily Post is the epitom...

January 15, 2015

As a student of the theater I am no stranger to “subtext”.   In school we would spend weeks pouring over scripts figuring out what our characters were REALLY thinking or REALLY saying in any given mom...

October 8, 2014

Just when I think summer is finally over and gratefully bid adieu to high Con Edison bills, bad hair days, and with them the lip sweat that keeps one in a constant state of inelegance, I find myself o...

August 8, 2014

It seemed only fitting to begin today’s blog with a Barbra Streisand quote in light of the fact that she, the queen, the be all end all, the top, the LEGEND, just yesterday joined the world of Instagr...

July 21, 2014

Insecurities.  Those little ticks, twinges, or voices in the back of our heads that tell us we aren’t good enough… smart enough… pretty enough.  As strong as I consider myself to be, I still have my f...

July 7, 2014

GRITS – not to be confused with the delicious southern staple that comes served up cheesy for breakfast or with shrimp for dinner.  This acronym stands for:

Girls Raised In The South

Cute, huh?  I can’t...

June 29, 2014

Pride is a word that has always meant a lot to me.

My mother has often told me that while I might be a Haskell, in all the ways that matter I am also a “Pride Woman”.  For my birthday 2 years ago she h...

May 19, 2014

One of the oldest and greatest Southern pastimes is something called:

Back Porch Sittin'

It's very simple really... All you need is a porch, some tea (preferably served cold in a mason jar), and either...

May 12, 2014

​​I’d like to start this entry by saying “Hello!”.  Perhaps you are here because you are a regular reader, or perhaps you are here ​​because Kathie Lee Gifford told you to “Google” me during the 4th h...

April 21, 2014

During my Junior Year at NYU, one year after I made my debut in Mississippi, my father called to inform me that I had received an invitation to make another debut – this time on a more international s...

April 12, 2014

It's on weekends like this one that I wish I had never stepped foot in Southern California, let alone been born and raised there.  This weekend marks the annual return of Coachella.  Coachella is a mu...

March 30, 2014

Just in case you couldn’t tell from the slight homage in my blog’s subtitle (or from the countless references I've made up to this point), I am a HUGE Jane Austen fan.  Do you know the girl in the boo...

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My name is Mary Lane Haskell and my two "claims to fame" are that I have Dolly Parton's fax number and that Reese Witherspoon once liked a post on my Instagram.  I am an actor, a writer, and a profound Chipotle enthusiast making my way in Los Angeles while trying to stay true to my family's southern roots, all with grace and a touch a good humor.  I'm so glad you're here!

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