New Growth Green

I’m trying to commit myself to new routines.  I’ve walked every day for a week.  I’ve made myself step away from the computer/office and do necessary things.  And, I’m going to try to blog once a week.  It’s Summer. Well, here it is as it’s currently 90 degrees…I think we’ve skipped Spring.  I have fresh…

Happy Birthday, Marcy

I opened Thames Art & Interiors in Memphis’ South Main Art District in 2001. Opening night was on the district’s art walk called Trolley Night…the trolley’s are free should you choose to ride instead of walk.  Tragically, 9-11 had occurred the month before but I knew this was the right thing for me.  I chose…

H.O.P.E

A quick Google search will find the Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon being celebrated or at least recognized by many of the world’s organized religions. Some which you might not expect. However, Easter is recognized by ALL retailers selling chocolate, plush animals, chicks, ducks and PEEPS!!!  Again, that same search will help one find…

Spring…Sprang…Sprung

March 20th has come and gone. It’s the International Day of Happiness, World Sparrow Day, International Astrology Day, World Storytelling Day, UN French Language Day, Independence Day of Tunisia, Liberation of Kirkuk City (Iraqi Kurdistan) and the Vernal Equinox or First Day of Spring. It seems snow and cold are hanging on and April showers are…

Farm Dinner…with Love

It was a progressive Valentine’s Dinner for us.  It wasn’t at Blackberry Farm or Twin Farms but at Edwards Farm. We had opportunities for other Valentine’s Dinners but it’s hard to beat being with the one you love in your own home. By progressive I mean…we started at noon. Lunch was a West Indies Salad….

2017 Best Dishes

Last year took me to 19 states.  I was fortunate to cook, design or be the guest for a plethora of delicious meals. We celebrated birth…newborn…70 years beyond and some in between. We enjoyed hosting our Supper Club, friends visiting from near and far and chosen family. I was honored to produce a wedding joining…

White Christmas

We’ve dreamed about it since June.  We talked about it a lot and planned for it even more. They warned us that it doesn’t always happen…it’s only a sure thing in January and February, they said.  However, we left Memphis planning to ride the train just like Bing and Rosemary and wake up Christmas morning…

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…