This Week’s Various

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Collards in my Trunk

Collards bought for New Year greens, 2012

Tennessee Farm Table talks with Kelly Smith Trimble, whose book Vegetable Gardening Wisdom (here on Bookshop // here at Amazon), came out in 2019. She’s great — she and I worked together years ago on a project for the magazine Lowe’s hardware stores puts out. Now, she’s the senior digital editorial director at HGTV, where she does the Dig It feature. In the podcast, Kelly talks about the Heirloom Collard Project:

The Heirloom Collard Project is a collaboration between Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Seed Savers Exchange, Working Food, and the Utopian Seed Project. This project aims to build a coalition of seed stewards, gardeners, farmers, chefs, and seed companies working to preserve heirloom collard varieties and their culinary heritage.


Ocmulgee National Monument

Many thanks to Stephen Rahn who has this image of the Ocmulgee mounds on Flickr, in the public domain

At Bitter Southerner: Getting a National Park in Central Georgia: many voices — including botanists, archaeologists, and Joy Harjo, the US Poet Laureate — are calling to create an enormous national park along the Ocmulgee Ruver that runs through the heart of Georgia

President Donald Trump signed into law the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. It authorized the National Park Service to turn Ocmulgee Mounds National Monument into a National Historical Park — an important change — and quadruple its size. More importantly, The National Park Service (NPS) would implement the sought-after Special Resource Study that would look at the possibility of an even larger park — as much as 50 miles — along the undeveloped corridor of the Ocmulgee River between Macon and Hawkinsville, Georgia.


Ragnar Kjartansson’s The Visitors is on display now at the High in Atlanta. It is *not* to be missed — left me in sweet/happy/wistful tears when I saw it at the Frist.


Pittman Theatre, Gadsden AL

Pittman Theatre, Gadsden AL, earlier this month


In the Mississippi Woods Where the Southern Myth Ends: W. Ralph Eubanks Gets Deep Into the Piney Woods, Literary and Otherwise at LitHub.

Polk believes that residents of the Piney Woods grow up outside the Southern myth, “that portion of Southern history, that part of the public image of the South, that belongs to Natchez, Vicksburg, and Oxford, and that attaches itself to all the rest of us, no matter where we are from.” 

His new A Place Like Mississippi (here at Bookshop // at Amazon)


William Bradford Huie

William Bradford Huie Library in Hartselle, Alabama

This interview with William Bradford Huie on the civil rights era — warning on language and attitudes of that time, but eye-opening. Ordering his He Slew the Dreamer: My Search for the Truth about James Earl Ray and the Murder of Martin Luther King now (here from Bookshop // here from Amazon). So much to learn from this interview: his friendship with the McNair family and the story about Denise in Look; Emmett Till and the Army story of his father; his investigative techniques and how he got the interview with Till’s killers; what their motivations were; desegregating the University of Alabama and how that was almost a *lot* easier.

From WTOK in Meridian this week:
Mississippi U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith have joined Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth to introduce legislation that would establish Chicago’s Roberts Temple Church of G-d in Christ, the site of Emmett Till’s funeral in 1955, as a national historic site.


Rural Studio Projects

The Rural Studio Glass Chapel in Mason’s Bend, Alabama, from a 2009 visit

This year’s Pritzker Prize, “considered the “Nobel” of architecture” goes to the French team of Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, a team in France whose work, according to the Pritzker jury, is a “demonstration of strength in modesty.” Via the CS Monitor: Regarding a request they received to look into a redesign for a public square in Bordeaux, they responded “Embellishment has no place here…Quality, charm, life [already] exist.”

Hoping one day Sambo Mockbee and his work with Rural Studio will be posthumously recognized as a Pritzker Laureate. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2000.


Spanish Moss, Selma AL

Living in the South and becoming Terrain’s spanish moss supplier would have to be like buying Doge at half a penny

Terrain is selling a clump of fresh Spanish moss that is to be tacked onto a wall (they call this a ‘chandelier’) for $275 . Individual clumps = $44. If I stuck a clump of spanish moss to a wall of this home and called it a chandelier, there’s not a person I know who wouldn’t wonder if it wasn’t time to place a call to a certain specialized hospital in Tuscaloosa. 😂


From the University of Mary Washington: their William B. Crawley Great Lives Lecture Series presentation earlier this month by Gary Richards on Zora Neale Hurston (the first part of the speech) & Eudora Welty (starting at 34:00).


McKendree United Methodist Church, Danville AL

McKendree United Methodist Church, Danville AL, earlier this month


Ken Burns Still Has Faith in a Shared American Story at the NYTMag. Really looking forward to his Hemingway documentary, out April 5 on PBS. Here’s Bloomberg’s piece on it.


My bantam hen, Zelda

Zelda

We ordered our August shipment of new chicks. Can’t wait for these new bantam babies. Shug is especially excited about getting a Barred Plymouth Rock, and Shugie loves the idea of the Buff Silkie he’s getting, that he’s already named LiMu Emu. Our other chickens who are seven years old now, Tallulah and Zelda, are doing great, and Zelda decided this week to lay two eggs, even though (I thought) they both retired from laying about a year ago.


At Daily Yonder, Q&A: Author Ashleigh Bryant Phillips on the “Inspiring, Intense” Stories of Rural Homecoming — raised by rural people who “told stories all day long,” the author’s award-winning “Sleepovers” was deeply shaped by connections to her Woodland, North Carolina home.


Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton: Together Always, in a Dollar General bag

A $4 Dolly & Porter on vinyl in a DG bag, earlier this month at an outdoor market


Super Random:

John S. Chase’s Extraordinary Modernist Home Helped Shape Houston’s Political and Architectural History

At 64 Parishes, Richard Campanella writes On That Word ‘Delta’

Re-watched Christopher Guest’s Best in Show this week (after seeing some of Haute Dog on HBOMax) — fave line in the movie was Parker Posey talking about J. Crew, L.L. Bean, etc: “We were so lucky to be raised around catalogs.” 

Goat towers (hi, I mentioned this was the super random section)

Yes to these pressshhhhh Peter Rabbit pattern Hunter boots

Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop in NY has closed, after ~100 years. “We’re trying to carry on the tradition, but there’s not much of it left anymore,” one of the more recent owners, Josh Konecky, told me a few years ago when I dropped in for my usual BLT at my preferred spot at the front, entrance end of the famously long counter, which was crowded, as usual, with a lunchtime pageant of cops, off-duty doormen, and business folk with their jackets carefully foldedot on their laps.

Banksy Creates Bob Ross-Narrated Process Video of New Work Depicting Oscar Wilde Escaping Prison

What Happened to Pickup Trucks? on safety and efficiency at Bloomberg uses the term “petro-masculinity”, refers to them as “Giant, furious trucks” and quotes another on grille design: “seems to be… about creating a massive, brutal face of rage and intimidation.” The people I know are using them to get their boats in and out of the water, their cattle/horses back and forth from the stockyard sale, their campers up and down mountains to the middle of nowhere, and I’ve never perceived rage or intimidation from a truck part, but I’m from a rural area and spend many of my weekends there. Granted, though, there’s lots of grocery-gettin’ in them too and safety does absolutely have, have, have to be a priority. PS: Jeep angry eyes are a thing.

There will be a Pashko production pod in Gee’s Bend

Fellow font lovers: Service Gothic

Carrot sandwiches: y/n?

Houstonia Mag came up with a Rodeo Test Kitchen to try to make up for those cravings that may have otherwise gone unanswered since the 2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has been canceled, and here’s their recipe for deep-fried banana pudding

March 22 this year will be declared by Gov John Bel Edwards as Louisiana’s Red Beans & Rice Day, and even if it doesn’t fall on a Monday, every subsequent March 22 will be known by that designation

The Inn at Little Washington (Washington, Virginia) has Craig Claiborne House with  two bedrooms, two and one half baths, a living room, dining room, media room, and library containing many of Claiborne’s books and memorabilia from his illustrious career at the New York Times

The NYT mentioned their most popular recipes on Instagram; one of them is caramel cake but let’s please put more caramel than what we see here (ideally, one can’t see the cake through it). Protip: besides your kitchen and those of your ancestors, the best caramel cakes come from little gas station kitchens and barbecue places. The pan-banging chocolate chip cookies from Sarah Kieffer they mention are going on the to-make list, though. And clicking around her site, Sarah’s white chocolate cheesecake bars look crazy good too

Through June 26, 2021: Work, Worship & Community Photographs by Paul Kwilecki at Georgia’s Albany Museum of Art. The Butch Anthony: Art, Nature, and Intertwangalism exhibit runs through July 31


Niki's West, Birmingham AL

The line at Niki’s West, 2018

This piece in The New Yorker is about *much* more than pastry identification A.I. but can it truly be quicker or more accurate than the person who figures up the amounts at the end of the line at Niki’s West? “Did you not want a roll, hun?”

One morning in the spring of 2019, I entered a pastry shop in the Ueno train station, in Tokyo. The shop worked cafeteria-style. After taking a tray and tongs at the front, you browsed, plucking what you liked from heaps of baked goods. What first struck me was the selection, which seemed endless: there were croissants, turnovers, Danishes, pies, cakes, and open-faced sandwiches piled up everywhere, sometimes in dozens of varieties. But I was most surprised when I got to the register. At the urging of an attendant, I slid my items onto a glowing rectangle on the counter. A nearby screen displayed an image, shot from above, of my doughnuts and Danish. I watched as a set of jagged, neon-green squiggles appeared around each item, accompanied by its name in Japanese and a price. The system had apparently recognized my pastries by sight. It calculated what I owed, and I paid.

PS: I miss the doorbell at the end of the line at Morrison’s.


Pickled Eggs

beet-pickled egg salad, 2020

I decided Southern Living on social media wasn’t for me when in the comments for one pic, people were criticizing each others’ manners (over moving a piece of cake with the help of fingers) using expletives.  Then — this is what really did it for me — things got wiiiild over a tiktok SL did about tomato sandwiches. I’m not a Puritan, but Mama did not raise me to be in those circles. “See y’all later! I’ve gotta go now!” Backing away. Byeeeee.

You know the world is weird when the Southern Living comment sections have gotten vulgar. 😂

This is what I get for reading the comments (for years, we said that the comments section at AL.com was the sole reason the aliens wouldn’t make contact). ANYway, SL just published Vera Stewart’s mother’s egg salad recipe which uses Durkee Famous Sauce and I’m beginning to understand that a lot of us grew up with that. One of my friends said her mother used Durkee’s in shrimp salad, stuffed eggs, potato salad, ham sandwiches, and more. Other friends didn’t even know what it was. Do you use it or is it in your family recipes? I’d love to hear more — and I’m ordering some for grocery delivery this week, so kindly teach me.


Thornton Dial, Smooth-Going Cats and the Hard-Headed Goat, High Museum Atlanta

Thornton Dial’s Smooth-Going Cats and the Hard-Headed Goat, from a visit to the High in 2017 (not included)

Thornton Dial: Strange Fruit at Google Arts & Culture


Strawberry Picking at Jerry Marsh Farm, Cleveland AL

strawberry picking at Jerry Marsh Farm, Cleveland AL, 2013

Many of us are very close to u-pick farm season. A reminder that many states have a directory of these farms, and this one is good as well.

Frances Lam in Cornbread Nation 7 (Bookshelf here // at Amazon):

And then there’s the exchange between Katherine Anne Porter and William Faulkner that occurred at a swanky French restaurant that was probably Maxim’s. They had dined well and enjoyed a fair amount of Burgundy and port, but at the end of the meal Faulkner’s eyes glazed over a bit and he said, “Back home the butter beans are in, the speckled ones,” to which a visibly moved Porter could only respond, “Blackberries.” 


 

PBS American Masters: Flannery will air March 23


World Record Blue Catfish (mounting by Archie Phillips) at Ezell's Fish Camp, Lavaca AL

world-record blue catfish at Ezell’s Fish Camp in Lavaca, Alabama, 2005

For whatever reason, thinking of the description Eudora did about driving down to Katherine Anne Porter’s home after Katherine Anne had suffered a broken hip and had cataract surgery. From Conversations with Eudora Welty (at Bookshop // at Amazon):

“Darling do you like catfish?” she said. At that time I had never eaten a catfish in my life. I don’t know why, I lived in catfish country where you could get all you could eat for a dollar eighty. But she said she was going to cook some. She is a wonderful cook. So when I came down from New York, Katherine Anne had been cooking all morning. She had cooked these dainty little catfish fingerlings, I guess you call them, little tiny things which you dip in something. She had fresh asparagus, it was early spring and we had champagne and strawberries. We celebrated.”


There was stormy weather here this week and I’m ready to be out at the lake. I’m sure there are branches down everywhere and we can use them to make a nice fire and grill out and just play around outside. This warmer weather that we’ve had a taste of was so good, and it’s coming back around. I hope you’ve got fun things going on. There’s going to be banana bread baking and seed catalog dreaming here this weekend. What about you? xoxo!

Mobile Home Crosses.

Religious Scene on Mobile Home, Jefferson County Alabama

The left-hand side reads:
Matthew 27:35
And they crucified Him

The right-hand side reads:
Matthew 27:38
Then there were two thieves crucified with Him, one on the right hand, the other on the left.

Jefferson County AL, 2008.

Old Delina Country Store

Old Delina Country Store, Cornersville TN

The NYT this week published A Pandemic-Driven Love Affair with All Things VintageA new generation of homebound shoppers is developing a hunger for antiques and other hard-to-find items online and on Instagram.

and I Miss Being Part of an Audience: Crowds can be mindless, even dangerous. But that feeling of losing yourself as you experience art together hasn’t been replicated since live entertainment went online.

I felt that. Both of those pieces. Hard.

Not too long ago, I ran an errand for a friend — he needed something from a store, but he knows I don’t go in places. He actually said to the person on the other line “can you meet my friend Ginger in the parking lot? She doesn’t go in buildings.”

Sure enough, other than the two houses in our pod, I’ve maybe been in a dozen other buildings since last March. I’m already a sentimental / nostalgic person, but oh, the idea of walking in a place without having to think about… the chain of events if I were to get sick or just asymptomatically pass something on to another person… I yearn for the ease of going anywhere without the weird calculus of the what-ifs. And I miss being around lots of people. Having a shared experience with a big group. I want that back.

This is just that kind of place and experience: it’s the Old Delina Country Store in Cornersville, Tennessee

Old Delina Country Store, Cornersville TN

Old Delina Country Store, Cornersville TN

Old Delina Country Store, Cornersville TN

Old Delina Country Store, Cornersville TN

Yes. A little restaurant in an old country store in the middle of nowhere.

Old Delina Country Store, Cornersville TN

All these pics are from the last two or three years.

Old Delina Country Store, Cornersville TN

The store is 125+ years old. When we last visited inside in 2019, we met the owner, who talked to us just forever about running a country store, and the employees were so nice and gracious with us.

Old Delina Country Store, Cornersville TN

We had a little of everything — sandwiches, hamburgers, onion rings, ice cream

Old Delina Country Store, Cornersville TN

Old Delina Country Store, Cornersville TN

…and ice cream on fried pies

Old Delina Country Store, Cornersville TN

The fried pie flavors included peach, blackberry, cherry, coconut cream, apple, apricot, chocolate, lemon, blueberry, strawberry, strawberry cream, key lime, Bavarian cream, raspberry cream, and raspberry

Old Delina Country Store, Cornersville TN

It’s one of the first places we’re going back to when we all can. Miss it in the very best, sweetest way. Thinking of making a Google map of old country stores — just need to figure out what the specs would be (older than x number of years, has a certain atmosphere (which will be hard to quantify but ‘you know it when you see it’), some will serve a menu while others are truly country stores e.g. they sell Golden Flake but also a little hardware…that kind of thing). Have one to share? Email me and I’ll get one started. xoxo!

I’m going alllll the places once we all can again.


Pics of some other country stores that have my heart:

The Old Country Store in Lorman, Mississippi:

Old Country Store, Lorman MS

Old Country Store, Lorman MS


Jefferson Country Store in Jefferson, Alabama

Jefferson Country Store, Jefferson AL


Gibbes Country Store in Learned, Mississippi

Gibbes Country Store, Learned MS

Gibbes Country Store, Learned MS


Pond Store in Pond, Mississippi

Pond Store, Pond MS

Pond Store, Pond MS


Simmons-Wright Company in Kewanee, Mississippi

Simmons-Wright Company General Store, Toomsuba MS

Simmons-Wright Company General Store, Toomsuba MS

Simmons-Wright Company General Store, Toomsuba MS

McKinley’s Chapel Graveshelters

I was able to document two more very nice graveshelters in Bremen, Alabama last week — not far from Cold Springs and the Alabama Power Smith Lake dam. These are across the street from Macedonia Baptist but from maps I see that this particular cemetery often goes by Macedonia Baptist cemetery and can be referred to as McKinley’s Chapel Community Cemetery as well.

Two examples of graveshelter architecture here: one of mostly wrought iron, the other from lumber:

Rollo Graveshelter, McKinley's Chapel Community Cemetery, Bremen AL

This one, for John Jessie Rollo (1.28.1863 – 3.17.1948) and Joe Amy Rollo (4.12.1896 – 1.25.1982). Between his first wife, Sarah Florence Allums Rollo, and Joe Amy, findagrave lists that John Jessie fathered 16 children. Sarah Florence is buried at Little Vine Primitive Baptist Church cemetery in Walker County, Alabama, and while her monument doesn’t have one, that particular cemetery does also have a grave shelter.

Here also: a small flat marker for Ernie W Rollo, Cpl US Army, Korea, 3.27.1932 – 9.2.2012):

Rollo Graveshelter, McKinley's Chapel Community Cemetery, Bremen AL

Rollo Graveshelter, McKinley's Chapel Community Cemetery, Bremen AL

Rollo Graveshelter, McKinley's Chapel Community Cemetery, Bremen AL

This is the graveshelter for the South family, John W (3.20.1875 – 2.8.1959) and Carrie (Caroline) Pinkrey South (2.13.1877 – 12.16.1948):

South Graveshelter, McKinley's Chapel Community Cemetery, Bremen AL

South Graveshelter, McKinley's Chapel Community Cemetery, Bremen AL

South Graveshelter, McKinley's Chapel Community Cemetery, Bremen AL

South Graveshelter, McKinley's Chapel Community Cemetery, Bremen AL

The rest of the cemetery has a mix of more modern and more traditional monument styles, with some having curbing

McKinley's Chapel Community Cemetery, Bremen AL

McKinley's Chapel Community Cemetery, Bremen AL

McKinley's Chapel Community Cemetery, Bremen AL

And here, the 16 children of John Rollo and his two wives listed:

McKinley's Chapel Community Cemetery, Bremen AL

This Week’s Various

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Fayetteville Cab

I see you, Fayetteville cab. Last week, Fayetteville TN


San Antonio Murals

Mural, San Antonio

At the Austin American-Statesman: It’s Not Tex-Mex: New documentary digs deep into Texas Mexican food, history

Medrano says it was his mission to show up to people’s homes and workplaces without a pre-written story to tell. “I am not the knower here,” he says. “I am the learner. I did not want to be the voice of authority. I just asked open-ended questions and let them talk.”

The doc, Truly Texas Mexican, is now on Amazon Prime


Fire has damaged 2012 James Beard America’s Classic Jones Bar-B-Q in Marianna, Arkansas, but James Jones says he will rebuild. There’s a gofundme:


The Roger Brown Study Collection in Chicago has launched their virtual tour so that visitors may explore the space while it remains closed to the public.

For whatever reason thinking about Roger Brown, Self Portrait In Alabama With Hank Williams and Truman Capote this week along with Clyde Broadway’s Trinity: Elvis and Jesus and Robert E. Lee at the Ogden


Super Random.

Ginger and Steve Duke and Dutchess Sunray Elementary 1982

Wow. Just realized the year I represented 5th grade at Sunray Elementary for homecoming, I was wearing what would today be considered “Early Selkie” 😂

The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit in Chicago has been extended to stay open through September 6 this year

The big neon Domino Sugars sign has been taken down in Baltimore and will be replaced with an LED version

Here’s where Atlanta stands with hot chicken

There’s a shortage of Valencia peanuts

Shep’s Deli is open in Nashville

Watched Murder Among the Mormons on Netflix this week — very good

I think I see a Jimmy Lee Sudduth on the right in the living room, the kitchen is all kinds of great, and the wallpaper in the playroom is beyond fab

The Truman & Tennessee documentary on the relationship between Capote and Williams made its UK premiere this week. There’s a clip at Deadline here

Last November, Chick-fil-A started stocking its namesake and Polynesian sauces in select grocery stores, and said they had plans to rollout nationwide distribution early this year. The royalties go to the CFA scholarship fun which benefits their team members — it awarded $17M last year

Forbes interviews Munnie Jordan, director of the King Biscuit Blues Festival

Limitless! Five Women Reshape Contemporary Art at the McNay in San Antonio is open now through September 19, 2021 and includes works by Martine Gutierrez, Letitia Huckaby, Yayoi Kusama, Sandy Skoglund, and Jennifer Steinkamp — Sandy Skoglund’s 1992 The Cocktail Party is a still from what has to be the most magnificent Golden Flake Cheese Puff fever dream ever


KQED with The Formerly Enslaved Cook who became a Celebrity Chef in San Francisco on Abby Fisher, who gained her freedom before the war, had married and raised children in Mobile, had her cookbook What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Southern Cooking (available here at Bookshop / here at Amazon) published, earned awards, and ran her own pickles and preserves business.

The end of Abby Fisher’s life remains a mystery, and her important work came extraordinarily close to being lost after the 1906 earthquake and fire decimated parts of San Francisco. Only when a copy of her cookbook reemerged in 1984 at a Sotheby’s auction were her talents rediscovered. It was reprinted the following year, and again in 1995.


Saba, New Orleans

Alon Shaya’s restaurant Saba in New Orleans, from a 2019 visit

Alon Shaya’s Miss River at the upcoming Four Seasons in New Orleans will include art by Garrett Bradley, Horton Humble, and Caprice Pierucci. Also: this pic Alon posted of a whole fried chicken


Butch Anthony Twangelism, Balise, New Orleans

(not in the exhibit) An Intertwangleism piece at Balise, 2016

Georgia’s Albany Museum of Art opened the exhibit, Butch Anthony: Art, Nature, and Intertwangleism this week, and it and runs through July 31, 2021.


Hunt Slonem: Antebellum Pop! at the LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge LA

Hunt Slonem’s Antebellum Pop! exhibit at LSU in 2016

Bergdorf’s is offering a variety of items designed by Hunt Slonem and yes, lots of bunnies. His Antebellum Pop! exhibit at the LSU Museum of Art in 2016 was my favorite exhibit of the year.

Enjoyed this article about him by Cayman Clevenger from last year in the Bayou Brief.


Speaking of LSU Museum: the Letitia Huckaby: This Same Dusty Road looks incredible; it closes March 14.


Above, Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes is interviewed by the AP — he’s been nominated for a Grammy for his ‘Cypress Grove’ and will also be performing. Bobby Rush is also a nominee this year, for his ‘Rawer than Raw’.


The Folk Pottery Museum of NE Georgia has an exhibit going on now through July this year, ‘”The Men Won’t Tell Us Anything”: Women of Georgia Folk Pottery (Born 1890 – 1940s)’ which features the work of Arie Meaders, Grace Nell Hewell, Lin Craven, and Marie Rogers. From the AJC:

Then there are those eerie face jugs with the knowing leer. Some people say they were used to store moonshine and rendered ugly to scare away children.

“Some women won’t make them because they associate them with spirits or the devil,” Calliham says. “Marie Rogers writes ‘Jesus Saves’ on the bottom of her work in case it’s ever used for nefarious purposes.”


Enjoying the new Share in Plain Sight: Lady Bird Johnson podcast from ABC Audio:

In Plain Sight: Lady Bird Johnson uncovers Lady Bird’s surprisingly powerful role in the Johnson presidency and provides history-making revelations about Lyndon B. Johnson’s time in office. Told in the former first lady’s own words from over 123 hours of her audio diaries — most of it never-before-heard — “In Plain Sight” reveals how one vastly underestimated woman navigated the politics and polarization of her era to become one of the most influential members of the Johnson administration, even if we never knew it. An eight-part series from ABC Audio & Best Case Studios. Hosted by Julia Sweig.


The Betye Saar: Call and Response exhibit opens at the Mississippi Museum of Art April 10 and will run through July 11. The video above is from when the exhibit was at the Morgan Library & Museum earlier this year.


King's Tavern (Oldest House in Natchez), Natchez MS

King’s Tavern in Natchez, the oldest bar/tavern in Mississippi

Flipped through United States of Cocktails by Brian Bartels (here at Bookshop / here at Amazon) this week. Most interesting: the bar where George Washington gave his farewell address after the Revolutionary War is still open (Fraunces Tavern, 1762, in Manhattan); Rhode Island’s oldest bar — America’s oldest — dates back to 1673 (White House Tavern in Newport); the 1779 Old Talbott Tavern in Bardstown KY has bullet holes from Jesse James; 1770s Lafitte’s in New Orleans is Louisiana’s oldest


Sticky Letters, Downtown Fayetteville TN

letters through a downtown window, last week, Fayetteville TN

Starting to feel more spring outside and ready to do more neighborhood walking. I’d love to do that late-winter rose pruning, but are we done with hard freezes? Both boys had a great week, though Shugie is getting over having some baby teeth removed for upcoming orthodontics. Got some old Wilton Yearbooks for inspo on making some retro cake decorations, just for kicks. How’s your weekend looking? I’m ready to go go go. Hope you’re getting into something fun. xoxo!