Suddenly Stamp Collector

I inherited a stamp collection. It was my father’s from when he was young. It’s been fourteen years since he passed, and probably forty+ years since the box has been in storage. I only came into it over Christmas, and now I don’t know what to do with it. It is weird. I mean, it’s […]

Wildflowers don’t care where they grow

Wildflowers growing in the fields behind Miss Frances’ house Sorry for the radio silence last week. If you follow me on facebook, you might already know that I left for Mississippi last Monday following the passing of my Uncle, “Big John.”   I wish so much that you would have had a chance to know […]

A Family Portrait, Coloring Book Style

Eat your heart out, Olan Mills! I’m a wee bit addicted to my new favorite iphone app: Sketch Me!  It converts digital photos into sketches. The black and white sketches are nifty enough on their own, but the fun really kicks in when you print them at home and break out the crayons. Hello custom […]

Aunt Izora’s Pink Flocking

Legend has it, my Great Aunt Izora was fond of pink flocking. Back in the late 1950’s she was kind enough to send her sister, my grandmother, Pumpkin, a pink flocked wreath to hang in the front window of what was my mother’s childhood home. Side Note 1: Those names are 100% real. I couldn’t […]

Tall Christmas

I am tall. My Aunt Cake is taller. She is married to my Uncle Bob, who is the tallest. They live in a tall house with tall ceilings. At Christmas time they get themselves a tall tree. How tall? This Tall: That was me, Christmas 1986.  Already displaying the signs of chronic bitchface. On the […]

It’s begining to look a lot like Christmas.

My Aunt Annie and Uncle Tom live on the edge of a river overlooking a small, school bus sized island covered with evergreens and marsh grass. Yup. It’s amazing. For years, my cousin John has talked about decorating one of the trees with Christmas lights. Great idea, right? But, as you can imagine, running electrical […]

Uncle Art: There’s a story here

So, when I was packing, I found this amazing triptych piece my Uncle painted back in the 70’s. Fierce, no? This bad boy hung above our kitchen table for most of the 80’s until one of the cats knocked it over into a cheese casserole and that was the end of that. It’s been in […]

Thoughts Upon Elmo and Existentialism

Earlier this week I was working on Abigail’s Halloween costume and couldn’t help but look back at last year’s flamingo costume. I know. It’s amazing. Isn’t she the cutest thing you ever did see? That’s a rhetorical question. Now she is a year older and a year bigger. All she wants is Elmo. I offered […]