IMPROV WITH CHARLOTTE A few years ago, Heather’s improv group began having some shows at a new local comedy club at Marathon Village. The Sunday night shows sometimes had a theme or other performers joining in and the audience got to participate by giving challenges to the improvisers. This photo captures the tone of anContinue reading “December 4, 2021”
TIPTOE AROUND TIP Growing up, I had four sisters-in-law in my life. Katie was married to my brother Glenn. The three Eaves sisters-in-law were Isobel (Monte), Tip (Pat) and Mildred (Easy). They were adults—I was just a child— and it wasn’t really clear how to relate to them. Tip was the most complicated one—and I always felt like weContinue reading “December 3, 2021”
COMING TO ADVENT In my small hometown church, Christmas was never mentioned—and certainly not Advent. There were no wreaths or poinsettias or garlands—and no Christmas carols were sung. In their eagerness to follow the Bible literally, they found no mention of a specific date for remembering the birth of Jesus. Everyone had some version of the holiday inContinue reading “December 2, 2021”
SELECTING THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS TREE Once upon a time it was simple to get a Christmas tree. You walked out in the field and picked out a cedar tree of the right size, cut it down and brought it home to decorate with strings of colored lights, aluminum tinsel strands and maybe a little spun glassContinue reading “December 1, 2021”
DOWNTOWN’S FIRST REAL SKYSCRAPER This photo was probably made in May, 1956, when the Victory Memorial Bridge across the Cumberland River opened in Nashville. It recently popped up on Facebook from the Metro Nashville Archives and I copied it for a special reason. When I started working downtown I did research tracing its history, decline andContinue reading “November 30, 2021”
SIZE MATTERS ON STAGE This cute photo shows big sister Patty holding her new baby brother Raymond—the family Christmas card in 1978. They are the children of my niece Pat and her husband Mack. Over the years we visited them occasionally in Nashville or Franklin. Size was always a big topic of conversation in the EavesContinue reading “November 29, 2021”
G.W. CATE AS A YOUNG MAN This photograph is the only one I’ve ever seen of my maternal grandfather as a young man. He died years before I was born (as did all my grandparents) and so he is only known to me through family stories, this photo and one later photo of him withContinue reading “November 28, 2021”
THESE WEDDING GUESTS The Rogers family played a big role in my early life in Athens—and this photo of them as guests at my wedding is the only one I have! Bill was the nephew of Mr. Sizer, who owned the Athens Table Factory that Arley managed for many years. His mother Ruth was Mr. Sizer’s sister,Continue reading “November 27, 2021”
WHEN DAILY CHORES WERE A BIG DEAL This picture shows Della (left) and Harriett (right) busy doing the family laundry! Those dresses and sunbonnets alone are remarkable. They are outdoors with two large black iron kettles of water atop a wood fire to heat the water. They added homemade soap and used a stick to make sure theContinue reading “November 26, 2021”
THE ANNUAL THANKSGIVING PHOTO We had eaten our delicious traditional meal, cleared the table and Paul had loaded the dishwasher. “I meant to take pictures,” I said. So I drafted Charlotte and took this one! The lovely flower arrangement was sent by Paul’s mom, Judy. We ate at their new dining room table—initiating it—and enjoyed their extensive homeContinue reading “November 25, 2021”
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