Thursday, May 31, 2018

National Peace and Justice Memorial - Part III

Today's photo essay is the Part III of the National Peace and Justice Memorial in Montgomery AL. If you have missed the previous posts, scroll down.

As we left the lynching memorial building, we followed a path around to the back of the grounds. Artist Dana King's three sculptures are "dedicated to the women who sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott."

Friday, May 25, 2018

National Peace and Justice Memorial - Part II

Today we continue of the top of the grassy hill to the memorial square.  Designed to be covered, but open on both sides. The stunning memorial consists of "over 800 cortex steel monuments, one for each county in the US where a racial terror lynching took place. The names of the known victims are engraved on the columns." As one enters, the monuments are placed at eye level. As you proceed to the corner and turn, the flooring slopes downward giving the illusion that the monuments are rising. At the bottom, the monuments are directly overhead.

At the bottom, the outside wall features water pouring over with this beautiful inscription dedicated to all of the victims who remain unidentified.

" Thousands of African Americans are unknown victims of racial terror lynchings whose deaths cannot be documented. Many whose names will never be known. They are all honored here."

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The National Peace and Justice Memorial - Part I

I recently toured the newly opened National Peace and Justice Memorial ( informally known as the Lynching Memorial) in Montgomery AL. "This is the nation's first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people  terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence."

The memorial is a powerful reminder of our nation's history and extremely emotional experience. As I reviewed my hundreds of images last night, I realized that picking and choosing photos to post here and on social media would not convey the feeling of the memorial and do it justice. For the coming week, I will post collections of photographs in order to give my readers a stronger sense of actually being in that space.

As one enters the park, the concrete figures by artist Kwome Akoto-Bamfo, depicting the journey of slavery is absolutely heart wrenching.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

An Evening with Cathy and Frank

Tonight I attended a swell event. The Harvard Club of Birmingham's E. O. Wilson Distinguished Lecture featured tapas from Shindig's Catering, charcuterie by Bettola's Chef James Lewis and dessert by Dolester Miles, Chef Stitt's longtime pastry chef and winner of this year's James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef.  After dinner, Cathy Sloss Jones sat down with Chef Frank Stitt, winner of this year's James Beard Award for Best Restaurant. They discussed the the emerging food culture of Birmingham and the influence both Cathy and Frank have had on the changes and resurgence of Alabama farmers, thanks to the Pepper Place Market. Good food, good company and great conversation.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Everybody Loves Toby!

Today I got to photograph again for Hand in Paw. Catherine and her sweet pup Toby visited a classroom at Oliver Elementary. They've been visiting monthly and the students were a bit sad to say goodbye to them for them summer. Toby got lots of sweet rubs and a cute card from the class. For more information about Hand in Paw, click HERE!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

My Family

From our family archives, a gathering of mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers and children/grandchildren, minus two. In this photo, Gigi hold Chappell who had just been born. Kathleen is holding big sister Lindley. I'm next, and Melissa holds Eva. The kiddos came pretty close together and we were so grateful Gigi was there. Sorry Laura Kate and Davis, you weren't with us yet!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Larry For the Win!

Today, I got my first taste of photographing for Hand and Paw. We visited two classrooms at Avondale Elementary. Larry and his human Brittany, have been coming regularly all year long, so the students were  eagerly waiting Larry's appearance. In this class, the boys each read a book to Larry. It was a great day. Larry seemed to love it too.

Stayed tuned for more photos next week1

For more about the wonderful Hand and Paw organization, click HERE!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Magic City Art Connection

It's been a few years since I was able to get down to Linn Park for the Magic City Art Connection. It's really my favorite art event and this year it didn't disappoint. I always head to the kids' area and this year this interactive display caught my eye.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Finally, this last weekend I was able to view the former Empire Building/Elyton Hotel  from the rooftop Moonshine Bar. For years I have shot this iconic Birmingham building from the street. Sunday I was able to get a terrific shot.

Sunday, April 22, 2018


Saturday was a great day to be in English Village! Thanks to Carole Griffin, owner of the fabulous Continental Bakery and Chez Lulu, the day was spent celebrating Spring in a variety of ways. There was the Seed and Feed Marching Band ( In a variety of outrageous dress), hula hooping, fairies floating around, a Bread Toss, May Pole and the grande finale...the beheading of Marie Antoinette. You had to be there. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Time for a Reunion!

Tonight Shades Valley High School classes of '62,'63.'64 and '65 will gather, along with corresponding classes from Ramsey HS, Miss Howards, BUS and anyone else who wants to join us. Our favorite HS band, The Ramblers will provide the music. We'll be dancing the night away, or well some of the night anyway!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Sweet Memories

With a heavy heart, we bid farewell to our dear blog friend Karin Bugge. Her blog Altadena Hiker, was one of the fist blogs I followed way back in 2008. In 2010, my blog reader Judy Dunn and husband Dave flew me to Los Angeles so I could meet my Pasadena, South Pasadena, Altadena and Palo Alto blog friends in person. Karin was a talented writer and animal lover and I loved her dearly.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

W'e're going on an egg hunt!


I won't be marching in Birmingham today, but I will be there in spirit!  My friend Bethanne Bethard Hill's poster speaks for me as well. I pray this movement will be the end to the violence in our country. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Found it!

The wee ones have a hard time finding the one zillion eggs thrown out in plain sight. While helpful parents point them out, they just have fun wandering around and sometimes, even stumble on an egg!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Frank Flemming 1940-2018

Birmingham artist Frank Fleming passed away yesterday. I was privileged to know him as a neighbor back in the 90. He would walk up and down Saulter Road in his shorts and floppy hat, and give me a wave. In 2010, I spent some time with him,  and he graciously allowed me to photograph his studio, housed in his home. He was a humble, kind and gentle man. He will be sorely missed but his magical creatures located all over this city will always be a reminder of his creative spirit.

Egg Hunt Memories

This year, I was down with a bad cough and didn't make it to Independent Presbyterian Church for the annual EGG HUNT!  I was so sad, I took a trip down memory lane to Egg Hunts past and found some sweet kiddos that I recognize! I'll share some of my favorite hunt photos this week and next.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Please Come!

I hope to see you at my big print sale. Priced to go to good homes!

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!