Revisiting 1983 and 1984

In the process of thinning out everything we are moving when we leave Atlanta, I came across two VHS tapes. One was recorded in 1983. The other was recorded in 1984. I remembered making these of the family at Christmas during those years. Problem We no longer have a way to watch them. We don’t have a functioning VHS player.… Continue reading

About 100 Years Ago Now…

I’m in the process of scanning old photos, slides, and negatives. The sheer number makes the whole process daunting! One of the unexpected outcomes of my project is that many of the photos jog my memory of times now long gone. Here’e an example My grandmother, born in 1903, was a very progressive woman in her day. She was far… Continue reading

Join Us for a Lunchtime Debacle in 360º

My sister couldn’t get the relish out of the container; so, like any good brother, I assisted… This is a 360º video. Use your mouse or trackpad to look at everyone’s reaction when the relish finally made its appearance. (The 360 interactive experience does not work on iOS devices. I’m not sure if it works on Android devices or not.)… Continue reading

Roots Run Deep

I grew up in the South, no, in the Deeeeeep South. I was born and raised in the panhandle of Florida, or lower Alabama, as it is still often called. “My people” lived in the Deep South, literally for generations. Everyone, for generations back, spoke with a profoundly deep southern drawl. They knew nothing else. I was to turn out… Continue reading

Happy Halloween!

Am I the only person that thinks this is in the poorest possible taste? Today, on Halloween, I receive a survey from the corporate-owned cemetery asking me to rate my “overall cemetery experience” from last month when we buried my mother there. When my parents purchased their cemetery plots decades ago, they bought them at this quaint little cemetery that… Continue reading

When It Rains…

July, August, and September proved to be an unexpectedly difficult time for this family. July Remember the window shades ordeal that started back in December but never seemed to end? They were supposed to be completed mid July. Almost were. A little problem. Will reschedule. Also, in mid-July we received a notice from the DeKalb County Department of Environmental Health… Continue reading

The Dignity of Human Equality for All People

My take on the SCOTUS’ ruling for marriage equality today is a little bit different than most people’s I think. You see, I suspect that today’s ruling will help further unshackle “traditional” marriage from the inequality inherent in the institution’s misogynistic roots. Let me explain… “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men [people] are created equal…”… Continue reading