Thursday, July 31, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
I love the garden at the Children's Fresh Air Farm. Last week I spotted these wondrous words. This summer marks yet another year that our Summer Learning Program has reached even more children, providing reading, math, enrichment and so much love. I am thankful for Independent Presbyterian's ongoing programming for the children in our inner city!
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
Since 1983, when it began in the basement of First Presbyterian Church downtown, this safe haven is the only emergency shelter for homeless women and homeless women and children, operating 24 hours a day, here in dowtown Birmingham.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Yesterday I took a little trip to Bluff Park to visit Independent Presbyterian Church's Children's Fresh Air Farm. I skidded in on the last full day of the six week Summer Learning Program. Three classes of graduates from our STAIR reading program have the privilege of attending each summer. They have reading and math in the mornings with experienced teachers and the afternoons include chapel, swimming and wonderful enrichment activities. Some of these inner city kiddos swam for the first time this summer. Rumor has it that NOBODY wants the SLP to end. Who can blame them!
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I'm home from a terrific visit to one of my favorite cities, Cincinnati, Ohio. My hosts, Mary and Jay Gilbert always roll out the red carpet and have new and find interesting places for us to visit. After a delicious dinner at Maribelle's Tavern, we adjourned, along with our friend Phil Nuxhall, to Aglamesis Ice Cream. Since 1908, it's been scooping up some mighty fine ice cream. Entering this ice cream parlor was so nostalgic. These sweet chairs prove that!
Monday, July 21, 2014
I've spent a few days in Cincinnati with my Paris travel amie Mary Gilbert and husband Jay. Yesterday, I took the northern route home to Birmingham by way of the Detroit Metro Airport. Flying standby can throw you a curve ball occasionally, but I made the best of it by using the time between flights to photograph their amazing tunnel of color and music!
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Meet Adam, one of our Alabama farmers from Snow's Bend Farms. I've been shopping with them and photographing their produce and flowers for years at the Pepper Place Market. I hope to get to the farm in Coker, Alabama sometime this summer!
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Last night I was at the Alabama School of Fine Arts ( ASFA) for a fabulous production of Les Misérables by the Red Mountain Theater. Couldn't pass up this neat sculpture on the way!
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Meet Chambers. Isn't she about the cutest thing you've ever seen? I had the pleasure of photographing her last week, along with her big brother Gram and sister Eliza. I don't know when I've had so much fun. Today Chambers is at Children's Hospital having heart repair surgery. I know you will join me in sending prayers, sweet thoughts and much love her way!
UPDATE: Chambers cames through surgery beautifully and is already off her breathing tube and Mom says she's already sporting her pink bow again! :)
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
Sunday, July 6, 2014
I will admit that I'm often drawn to hair or hairdos as we called them growing up. Whether it's a toddler with a halo of golden curls or this guy's great locks yesterday at the Pepper Place. As I sat listening to the music, I turned and spotted him. I took about 10 photos before I got up and told him that I loved his hair and been photographing him for a while. Found out he was from Continental Bakery, one of my favorite haunts. He and I will reconnect one day soon and I'll share my photos.
This Thursday, July 10, I will be presenting TRAVEL TO PARIS at the Hoover Library at 2:00 PM here in Birmingham. I hope you will join me!
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Welcome to my friend Bethanne Hill's studio. She's lived just blocks from me for years, and I've heard wonderful things about her for so long, but she and I just connected through Facebook in the last few months. She is one fabulous artist but she's more than that. Bethanne is a tireless advocate for Avondale Elementary, Avondale Park and our city. She's funny, compassionate, thoughtful and just a sweet, gentle soul. Lately, she's been kind enough to include me on some exciting neighborhood field trips and we've had some big fun!
Yesterday I visited her little studio behind her home in Forest Park. I sat on a stool while she put the finishing touches on this family pew, commissioned by friends. We talked about how she got started, what inspires her ( aborigine art) and "the process". I'm a frustrated painter, so I always want to know the dirt on that. She painted, and we talked and occasionally I had to stop to take a few shots of her hilarious dogs. You will have to come back another day to see them!
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Meet Kahlil, he lives in the apartments just across the street from Jones Valley Teaching Farm, located in downtown Birmingham. Kahlil stops by often to see what's up and what's growing. Lucky kid wouldn't you say?