June 14, 2021

THE RED-HAIRED QUEEN I wish this photo were in color!  My cousin Edanna was a charmer—with the kind of bright red hair that is seldom seen today.  I often wonder why there seemed to be more red-haired and platinum blonde children when I was little—and not as many now. Is it climate change? Genetic modification? Perhaps weContinue reading “June 14, 2021”

June 13, 2021

SOME THINGS OLD, SOME THINGS NEW! This photo is from June, 2015, on the day I surprised the four cousins with their very first smorgasbord for lunch.  By the time Sam and Eli were 6 and Charlotte about 5, we launched Camp Grandmama.  The first few years it involved Charlotte sleeping over, the three of them linedContinue reading “June 13, 2021”

June 12, 2021

FEET UNDER THE TABLE There are a few times when you might want your feet to be featured in a photo—and this must have been one of those!  Here’s a candid shot of mother-daughter feet under the table at the Illinois wedding reception of Jesse and Stephanie.  Heather had gotten a pedicure and loved her  new pink sandals.  AfterContinue reading “June 12, 2021”

June 11, 2021

AN UNFORGETTABLE DATE Bob spent a summer on staff at our church and formed many deep friendships there. He was about 7 years older than Patrick and became something of a mentor to him.  I loved having him to our home for meals and deep conversations.  We talked about books we loved and our spiritual journeys. HeContinue reading “June 11, 2021”

June 10, 2021

NEVER A DULL MOMENT! Randy always seemed to be a bundle of energy.  He, Patrick, Joseph and several other friends from church lived together at what they called the “youth house” the year after high school.  Most of the guys scrounged around their parents’ homes for some old furniture or other household supplies.  Randy’s mom had other ideas!  Continue reading “June 10, 2021”

June 9, 2021

“MY DARLING GRANDCHILDREN” Harriett sent this snapshot from April, 1971, to her sister Della and on the back she wrote: “Me and my darling Grandchildren.”  She’d been with us in Columbia for a few weeks before Patrick was born and stayed for a month afterward.  Tootsie, Katie and Emily drove over from Athens to take her home—andContinue reading “June 9, 2021”

June 8, 2021

BE WHO YOU ARE When the Rouse family joined our church in Columbia (Irmo, to be exact), they were enthusiastically welcomed as far as we were concerned. Mark was a State Farm insurance agent, Janice a nurse—Ivy was their daughter, and her younger brother was Stanley. This photo is Janice with Ivy and Stanley atContinue reading “June 8, 2021”

June 7, 2021

A DOG’S LIFE Over the years, I’ve loved some family pets—but I’m just not an animal person.  Thankfully, as adults both Heather and Patrick have had some wonderful pets!  But I have to admit we had a few mishaps with their childhood pets. When Heather was a toddler, one of Tom’s students had some Siamese kittens andContinue reading “June 7, 2021”

June 6, 2021

WHO WAS THE REAL ROBERT E. LEE? This is a photo from late fall in 1962—of young Emory Thomas from Virginia. He and his wife Fran were guests at a holiday party at our Houston apartment on Austin Street. Emory and Tom—as well as most of the friends there—were graduate students at Rice University. TheyContinue reading “June 6, 2021”

June 5, 2021

RISING ARTIST Today was my first glimpse of the new downtown 5th & Broadway development. It’s certainly a far cry from the old Nashville Convention Center that it replaced.  Food halls, upscale retail and restaurants, and anchored by the National Museum of African American Music.  And don’t forget the crowds of tourists—so many people.  That seemed like old timesContinue reading “June 5, 2021”


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