Thursday, March 15, 2018


Found on an alley in downtown Birmingham, the remains of our iconic department store. My mom and I shopped there when I was growing up and in later life, I worked at their Vestavia store for several years. Now it makes me smile as it's taken on another meaning, my love for all things Parisian!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Please Come!

For all of my dear Birmingham area readers, I hope you will stop by Black Sheep Antiques in Harpersville on the 25th for my BIG PRINT SALE. Everything is priced to sell.  We'll have refreshments and you will want to see Barbara Adkins's charming antique shop as well!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Think Pink, Think Spring

I know. I know. We might get another little, weird spring snow or freeze. I prefer to relish the tulips that are popping up and saying a little prayer they will continue to flourish!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Welcome Senator and Mrs. Jones!

On Friday, the STAIR students and tutors at Oliver Elementary welcomed some very special guests. Senator and Mrs. Doug Jones came for a visit to see just how much these second graders in the STAIR of Birmingham program were learning. They greeted each and every student and tutor, then they shared the reading of Dr. Seuss' Oh The Places You Will Go. It was a great day for all of us!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Reading Buddies

This fine young man signed on to be a STAIR tutor at the Independent Presbyterian Church site last fall. Little did he know that he would be blessed with this boy, who didn't smile and struggled with reading. Yesterday I went by for photographs and witnessed the transformation. All smiles and these two are enjoying the adventure in reading. Birmingham is blessed to have STAIR tutors in 13 sites giving one on one reading instruction with Birmingham City School struggling second graders. I LOVE MY JOB!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

New Life

While driving through a neighborhood in North Birmingham this week, I spotted this home, completely gutted by fire. Alongside, this glorious tree bursting with spring blooms. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Dare We Dream of Spring?

The temps are inching towards the 70's this week. I know, I know, we could get one more freaky hard freeze or SNOW, but I have high hopes. These daffs at Shoppe just down the street, make me hopeful.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Sunday Church Series - Organ concert at Independent Presbyterian Church

For my Birmingham area friends, I hope you will join us this afternoon for a special event. Notre Dame titular organist, Vincent Dubois will be our featured organist at a beautiful recital this afternoon. Please join us at Independent Presbyterian Church, at 3:00  for this beautiful performance.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Fresh New Face

Norwood School was built in 1925, but due to disrepair, the system closed the beautiful brick school in 2013. As the result of public protests, it was renovated and reopened in 2016. I was there this week photographing our STAIR of Birmingham site and fell in love with this bright orange stairwell. What a happy place to learn!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


I love making STAIR site visits with my friend Caroline. Yesterday we went to Norwood School's site and this sign caught my eye. I"m a former teacher, and I approve this message!

Do you have about 1 1/2 hours, one day a week,  to give to a second grader who needs extra help in reading after school? Visit the STAIR website and volunteer! It's a terrific program that makes such a difference. No experience necessary, just a willingness to help. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

For my Birmingham area readers, I will be exhibiting my Paris photographs at my church, Independent Presbyterian Church the month of March. This is in conjunction with our Religious Arts Festival's salute to France. Next Monday, 5 March, I will present a phototalk on Sacred Spaces of Paris. There will be wonderful events planned every day next week culminating with a concert featuring Notre Dame de Paris' organist Vincent Dubois on Sunday, 11 March. All events are open to the public and are free except for the banquet on Thursday evening. Reservations for this may be made through the church.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018