Friends, I am on the host committee of GirlSpring's Winter Party. GirlSpring was founded by my friend Jane Stephens Comer in 2010, and its mission is to empower girls by giving them access to accurate information, inspiring events, and positive female role models. Their largest program is https://www.girlspring.com, an online magazine run and managed by … Continue reading Celebrating Girls with GirlSpring
Category: everything else
Back in mid-January, we got two weeks' worth of pasta, beans and canned tomatoes. For Valentine's Day, I gave my kids the usual heart-shaped box of chocolates along with some disinfecting wipes and their choice of lavender- or lemon-scented spray hand sanitizer. I thought I was prepared. But then masks. photo from WBAP.com It is … Continue reading Hand-sewn masks
National Poetry Month
I can always count on my poet friend Irene Latham to remind me of National Poetry Month. Musings of an Old Man by Nancy Milford Her postcard featuring a work from Baldwin County artist and writer Nancy Milford ("Musings of an Old Man") was a sweet reminder to live my poem. In happier times, whenever … Continue reading National Poetry Month
National Ferret Day
It is National Ferret Day. It truly is. It's also National Burrito Day, but I'd like to talk about ferrets. This from the National Day Calendar will get us started: "On April 2nd, Hob and Jill went up the hill with their little Kits to celebrate National Ferret Day because that’s some serious business." Ferret … Continue reading National Ferret Day
For years, I have wanted Wanda Sykes to be the voice on whatever app I'm using for driving directions. I might make wrong turns on purpose just to hear her go off. Actually, I would absolutely make wrong turns on purpose. photo from IMDb I was reminded of that when I saw a mention on … Continue reading Listen Up
National Crayon Day & ‘Amazing’ Coloring Pages
Got kids at home? Do they know it's National Crayon Day?Keep them entertained (and learning at the same time!) with some free sample coloring pages from Amazing Alabama and Amazing Georgia, the first installments in Laura Murray's "Amazing States" coloring book series. These books are published by New South Books, and the third, Amazing South Carolina, releases in May. All three books offer … Continue reading National Crayon Day & ‘Amazing’ Coloring Pages
I know we're all pretty much staying home, and that's what we're supposed to be doing. But exercise is allowed and encourage and vital to both our physical and mental health. Besides, "the mountain is calling." I'm talking about Ruffner Mountain, which has more than enough trails that you can practice social distancing while enjoying … Continue reading Fresh Air
While most of us are being advised to stay home, my deepest appreciation goes out to those who are essential to our society--the first responders, doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, pharmacists, gas station attendants, restaurant workers (who still are able to work) and so many more who are out there keeping things working and moving … Continue reading Give Blood
Au Revoir, Winter!
It's a Springalingadingdong! Go ahead. Say it out loud, because it's fun. Then make it part of your plans for Saturday, April 21 because that's even more fun. Springalingadingdong! is a European-style street carnival and giant puppet parade in Mountain Brook's English Village. It's a celebration born from another celebration. In 2009, Carole Griffin wanted … Continue reading Au Revoir, Winter!
A Few of my Favorite Things
My friend Christiana Roussel and I are members of the Birmingham chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International. This is a philanthropic organization of women leaders in food, wine and hospitality. We are a varied group of food writers and bloggers, chefs, restauranteurs, sommeliers, farmers, cookbook authors, cheese makers, educators, food photographers and stylists, nutritionists and … Continue reading A Few of my Favorite Things