Today I witnessed history

Today I witnessed history. On this misty, gray morning, I stood outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham and watched a bright rainbow flag wave as Alabama became the 37th state to allow same-sex marriages. I watched Jefferson County Probate judges uphold the law and defy bigotry, hate, and fear. I saw families embrace, relieved…

Praise the Lord, I saw the light…

I have seen the light. I have been converted. I have been shown the wicked ways of my traditional, jewel-toned, over-stuffed style and become a Mid-century Modern disciple. The preacher?  None other than the fabulous Barri Thompson, proprietress of Atmosphere Home Essentials in Birmingham, one of the nicest, funniest, down-home-in-the-big-city people I have ever met. Read…

The Walk — Part 1

Today I took a walk. A long walk. William Wordsworth told me to. As I sat in my office working through another lunch, answering calls, returning emails, problem-solving, trouble-shooting, I heard it, “The world is too much with us; late and soon, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers…”* Old Will was whispering to…

From Garden to Glass — The Ideal Southern Cocktail

The ideal Southern summer cocktail? Undoubtedly it is the gin and tonic. So cool. So refreshing. So restorative. And it doesn’t hurt that it might keep the mosquitos from carrying you away too. The ideal Southern summer cocktail? Undoubtedly it is the gin and tonic. So cool. So refreshing. So restorative. And it doesn’t hurt…

Roll Tide! Amen!

There comes a time in every man’s life when he is confronted by a crisis of faith. Faced with serious doubt, questions with no conceivable answers, and soul-deep introspection, he (or she) may find this burden too heavy to bear. What to do? What to do? Hopefully you will never be so conflicted, but many…