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…

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…