I just learned via a Facebook post that my late cousin Gayle Andrews Gay, the first African American cheerleader at Florida State University, is being honored by the Coconut Grove Sports Hall of Fame. Coconut Grove is the Miami community in which we were initially raised. It was partly settled by Bahamians and southern blacks… Continue reading so proud of my cousin Gayle
I liked how the pickles I made turned out. I love even more the relish I made today from some of them. They are so good on garlic crackers. It’s beginning to feel like summer in Tuscaloosa – finally.
This image is part of my journey inside academe. It is a snapshot of a video taken by a classmate at the 2005 premiere of “Makes You Happy,” a 21-minute choreopoem I wrote and directed that premiered at the Broach Theatre as part of the Greensboro, NC, 3rd Annual Fringe Festival. Linkages exist between this… Continue reading progress
Hope I have not watered this little fella too much. It’s been a week since I got it from my dear friend Lane McClelland. We toasted last week to her earning her doctorate and my earning tenure. It’s been moment after moment of smiles with good souls including one person to whom we wish… Continue reading musings
This arrived in the mail last week. It’s a booklet for a retrospective show featuring the work of Phoebe Beasley. The Ohio-born artist was a guest of the University of Alabama three years ago. As the note accompanying the booklet explains, the cover and back cover art represents her stepmother’s graduating class. It is entitled… Continue reading on phoebe and beyond
Summer break off to a great start. I so enjoyed seeing Sue Cavanaugh’s “corporations aren’t people” show at the (Not)Sheep Gallery in Columbus, GA. All of this was made possibly by my tagging along to this city with my better half. He was attending a military history conference. I was reenergized by seeing amazing art… Continue reading musings
Trashed picked art has history that blew us away. Meanwhile, reorganized my home office as I do at the end of every semester. Ancestors and Zora representing in front of old 45 of a Diana Ross tune. And lavender growing nicely for a second year. Life is good.
Even if my words end up on the cutting room floor, it was so wonderful spending part of this Sunday morning with my dear colleague Hilary Green as we discussed Alabama history since the state (and Tuscaloosa) were founded in 1819. Such sharing in Tuscaloosa’s Capital Park was made possible by a visit from Michael… Continue reading discoveries
Rainy night in Ttown. Jammin with Noname
Just proctored the final final exam for my American Civilization Since 1865 class. It is my FINAL final because I am tired of being assigned to the last day of final exams for several years now. The end of finals week is a time when the students want to get out of here and some… Continue reading space matters feedback