Museum to Table

A visit to Crystal Bridges Museum was both enjoyable and invigorating.  We were visiting friends in Northwest Arkansas. The new life given to that region simply by the installation of a world class art museum is measurable.  We visited the museum in 2012 when the museum had just opened but wasn’t fully realized.  During that…

Helen and Fay

It’s Mother’s Day and it’s taken me a while not to be totally depressed on this day. Time has helped create a shifted focus regarding how I think of mom and this day.  I’ve come to realize and actually celebrate the idea that Mom is with me always.  In fact, she and Brandt’s mom Helen…

The Best of Times

Friends, family, food, frivolity and another year older…where both digits change…it was the best of times! Early this year I started mentioning the birthday and asking what kind of celebration might be in order.  The responses were less than exuberant and extremely non-committal.  One Sunday afternoon I heard a voice from the bedroom proclaiming, “I…

2016 in Review

I wanted this to be brief…but you might want to go to the restroom and grab a drink…it was a eventful year. January.February.March I’m not superstitious but if I were going to be out of the country on January 1 I would pack a jar each of home cooked black-eyed peas and greens.  Some years…

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I want to do a Year in Review post but I today I have to reflect on a joyous Christmas.  We were blessed to celebrate the season with clients, friends and family.  Then, we spent Christmas Eve and Day in the special place in East Tennessee we refer to as “Little Downton”.  Here’s a look…

First Party of the Holidays

I decided to start the holiday celebration early. Part of it comes from the vitriol we’ve had to witness for the past ten months. I’ve felt a strong urge to be around people that share love. We don’t even share the same political beliefs but we love and respect each other.  I also wanted to…

Hampton’s Birthday

Birthday’s come around once a year and I believe every new birthday is just a little more important than the last.  I’ve had so many dear people in my life that no longer are able to celebrate on this plane that I make a serious effort to make every birthday a time to be grateful…

Byhalia Buds

Class reunions, for some, open old wounds. Yet, others find them a means to relive the best years of their lives. When the idea of a reunion for the Byhalia High School Class of 1965 to have a 50th reunion Brandt was less than enthusiastic. The majority of his closest friends were not in his class….

Treasures

After our honeymoon we made a circle over the Smoky Mountains through North Carolina and back over to East Tennessee.  Those of you that follow the blog have seen posts from our previous visits to our treasured friend in the Tri-Cities.  He is convalescing after a recent medical procedure.  We found him in good spirits…

Long Time Coming

 December 2016, Brandt and I will have been together nineteen years.  We both agree it’s only been in the past ten months a honeymoon became part of our thought process.  We are deeply grateful for the forward thinking judges that allowed our relationship to be solemnized and are especially grateful for friends that gifted us…

April Showers

April showers began the end of February and have only briefly subsided.  I’m not really ready for the dog days of summer but I am ready for the warm days and cool nights of Spring.  Unfortunately, we’ve had a lot of wet and cold. I will report that signs of Spring are everywhere and we…