I’m a Goal Drifter

I’ve never had many actual, concrete goals. I’m not a goal setter or a “goal digger” as my friend and See Jane Write founder Javacia would say. I’m more of a drifting drifter — whatever happens happens and whatever doesn’t happen doesn’t happen.  Goals were for people who were “driven” and “Type A” and said…

Living With Tragedy

The tenth lesson I’ve learned in 2020 is that I can live with Tragedy. And by “Tragedy” I mean my beloved husband. That’s what I call him because of his resting sad face as compared to my usual mule-eating-briars Comedy grin. Get it? Comedy and Tragedy. What many of you might not know is that…

When Social Distancing Ain’t All Bad

Way back in March when the words “social distancing” came into our vocabulary, I became fairly despondent. As an extrovert’s extrovert, I couldn’t really fathom the idea of not being around people. But as much as I love socializing with all sorts of people from all walks of life, over the last few months something has slowly begun to dawn on me.

We’re Speaking

This will be the shortest blog post ever in the history of Folkways Nowadays. This year for #BlogLikeCrazy, I’m talking about 30 lessons I’ve learned in 2020. (Read the other entries here). And on this auspicious Saturday in November, after days and days of counting and with Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes going today to Vice…

Lipstick is Life

Lipstick is life.  At least it’s my key to having something resembling a normal life these days.  I’ve always loved lipstick. When I was a small, small child, and we lived with my grandparents, I remember seeing all of Granny’s lipsticks laid out in a row on her small dressing table by the window. They…

From Writer to Teacher

Would you consider teaching a class? That question was posed to me about a year ago by the nice folks at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. They have a public arts education center called ArtPlay where they teach all sorts of arts-related classes to children and adults — everything from ballet to improv to photography.  Sure,…