Becky Mushko

Peevish Advice


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. . . from Ida B. Peevish of Ida's Salon of Beauty & Live Bait Shop


In July 1998, Ida B. Peevish—the often dee-vorced proprietress of Ida's Salon of Beauty & Live Bait Shop (located in the little town of Rock Bottom, US of A) —popped into my head and onto the pages of the print edition of Blue Ridge Traditions.  At that time, Jeff Foxworthy and redneck humor were hot. So were advice givers—Dr. Laura, et al. Female humorous redneck  advice-givers, however, were few and far between. Hence, Ida B. Peevish and "Peevish Advice" filled a gap. From 2004 through 2008, "Peevish  Advice" appeared every other week in the Smith Mountain Eagle.


Ida B. Peevish has plenty of opinions about such diverse subjects as love, education, fashion, etiquette, religion, politics,  and home décor. She is always glad to enlighten the dim ones. As Ida B. always says, "You get what you pay for, talk  is cheap, and my advice is free."


If you want your advice in a published format, my books Peevish Advice  (a compilation of the column's first three years) and More Peevish Advice  (columns from 2001­2006) are available. Either one makes a real good gift for folks you don't like but are obligated to buy a present for anyhow.


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Some Smith Mountain Eagle columns are archived here.            






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