A Decade of Folkways Nowadays

Folkways Nowadays turns 10 YEARS OLD TODAY! Back on July 22, 2011 when I hit “publish” for the first time, I never dreamed that this blog would quite literally change my life in ways I never expected. Here are just a few: Because I started writing regularly, I was able to publish a dang book, … Continue reading A Decade of Folkways Nowadays

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, friends. I know this year’s holiday isn’t the one we all wanted or planned for, but it’s the one we have. And that leads me to the next two lessons I’ve learned in 2020. First, things can’t stay the same forever even as much as we want them to. Even in “normal” years, … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving

Oh Well …

I missed a day.  You’re supposed to post every day in November for the #BlogLikeCrazy challenge, and I missed a day.  Oh well.  It is what it is. I could beat myself up over missing a day. I could throw in the towel and never write a blessed word ever again. Forget the last ten … Continue reading Oh Well …

Local Is As Local Does

Shocked and saddened. We hear those words a lot lately. But that’s about the best way to describe how I felt when one of my longtime favorite coffee shops in Birmingham, Urban Standard, announced this past June that they were closing for good.  Urban Standard was an essential downtown stop — a place to see … Continue reading Local Is As Local Does