For Father's Day: A Museum of One's Own Redux

In honor of Father's Day, I offer one of my favorite blog posts, A Museum of One's Own: Love Letter to The Nelson.  I do so because my father is the heart of that post and because he is visiting the Nelson today courtesy of my brother who is visiting from California.  My son will accompany them, so three generations of my family will stride the halls of that magnificent museum.  The v...more

Latest Trends in Noncompliant Church Garb

According to the major news outlets the other day, parents are up in arms about Ambercrombie and Fitch's new tween swimsuit featuring a padded bra.  I would be up in arms about this, too, if I was trying to outfit a tween in swimwear....more

Latest Trends in Noncompliant Church Garb

According to the major news outlets yesterday, parents are up in arms about Ambercrombie and Fitch's new tween swimsuit featuring a padded bra.  I would be up in arms about this, too, if I was trying to outfit a tween in swimwear....more

Before Her Time

Mrs. Jordan was our next door neighbor during my years of growing up in Edgevale.  She was also the mother of my childhood best friend.  Her daughter Jenny and I, though close, were as different as night and day in how we looked and behaved.  Jenny was tan and blonde and I was fair and brunette.  When we were out together, people frequently assumed I was Mrs....more

It's a Wonderful Life; Why, Yes, It Is

It's indeed a wonderful life.  In Flat Rock Creek, anyway.  How, you may ask, do I know this?  Well, let me recount for you the ways....more

Ahmad Alaadeen and All That Jazz

 To honor the passing of the great KC jazz legend Ahmad Aladeen, I am posting a piece I wrote in February.  Alaadeen was a member of the City Light Orchestra when I first heard him play in the 1980s.  That jazz band was featured in the post titled "The Christopher Hogwood Story or When Worlds Collide" which recounts a long night of the best live music I've ever heard in my life. Read this brief article in The KC Star to know more about Alaadeen's remarkable life an...more

Putting Your Best Foot Fashion Forward

Not to rain on anyone's parade, especially if they are lucky enough to attend BlogHer '10 in the fashion capital of the US, but you might think twice about the footwear you select for navigating the sidewalks of New York. Consider this Public Service Alert #1: Clogs Can Cause Harm to Self and Others.  If you are a clogger by trade or even a hobbyist clogger, disregard this entire post.  You have probably already taken out additional health insurance policies to protect you from what I am about to explain....more

Needlepoint and Sorting Out the Sixties

I took up needlepointing last summer.  I am not sure I can account for how I came to decide to do this.  If you knew me, you'd appreciate why even I am surprised.  My college-age son flinched when he first saw me needlepointing because it just didn't mesh with his image of me.  I'm not sure what his image of me actually is, or even what my own image of me is these days.  When he made a wry comment upon discovering me with threaded needle and canvas in hand, I was defensive but not apologetic, pointing him to the historical aspects of this art and t...more

Nothing But Blue Skies Not Anymore

Yeah, that's at least a double negative.  So sue me.  My defense?  The use of double negatives, while now a signal of syntactic poverty, was prevalent in Shakespeare's day and used at will, especially by Will....more

DIY Nirvana: Renovation-Inspiration

My parents used to say that situations or people could drive them to distraction.  I imagined this so-called distraction as some giant black hole they teetered on the edge of, some abyss they were free-falling into.  I think I finally know what it means and I have to say my initial perceptions were close to accurate.  You see, I survived a kitchen renovation last summer that unquestionably drove me to distraction.  In fact, it drove me to a number of distractions.  To wit, it took me 6 months to be able to talk about it....more

It sounds like we were in very similar time frames - we broke ground in June 2009 and were back ...more