The dogwoods are blooming – not where I live in coastal Houston, but farther north and east, in the woods throughout the South. They are the trees in my childhood memories. I was raised in Vestavia Hills, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. Every April, since 1964, the city has held a Dogwood Festival to commemorate…Continue
I recently had someone ask me what “high cotton” means. I was somewhat perplexed. I thought even folks outside of the South knew the George Gershwin song, “Summertime,” from Porgy and Bess:
And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high.”
I explained that the phrase “livin’ in high cotton” originated during the Antebellum-era in the Deep South. When cotton had grown high…Continue
Added by Catherine Fain on January 15, 2014 at 11:13am — No Comments
So, I just finished perusing People magazine’s annual “Sexiest Man Alive!” issue which has inspired me to reveal to you my celebrity crush. I’ll bet you a million trillion dollars that you won’t guess who it is. Are taking the bet? Good. I’ll give you three guesses. No, he’s not cover-boy Adam Levine. No, he’s not on page 114. He’s not on page 124, either - though that guy is mighty cute. Okay, I’ll be generous – one more guess. No, he wasn’t on last year’s cover, either. Please…Continue
Added by Leigh Ann Thornton on December 5, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
New Orleans is one of those magical places that oozes inspiration for all of the senses. Your ears will be treated to the rhythmic tunes of jazz and soulful blues in the Quarter. Your tastebuds will be tantilized by the mouthwatering flavors of beignets, seafood gumbo and crawfish etouffe′. But it is your eyes that are inspired the most as they feast upon the architectural and…
Added by Emma Tilton on November 3, 2013 at 9:53pm — No Comments
My 9-year-old daughter held my cell phone to her ear and spoke to her 18-year-old brother. “Brother.” She’s always called him that. And he bestowed “Pig” on her in the hospital right after she was born. “She looks like a pink piglet.” Even though I gave them fine, Christian names, I don’t complain. These nicknames speak of familiarity and affection. But more than that, they connect us to our roots. Southern roots.
Nothing indicates that a person is from the South more than a nickname.…Continue
Added by Leigh Ann Thornton on October 21, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Before I go to sleep, I read. In my bed, in the still quiet of the night, with a good book in hand, I hear the sound. I’ve been waiting for it, somewhat distracted from the story. And now I raise my eyes from the page and strain my ears to listen to the whistle of the passing train. The train tracks are…Continue
Added by Leigh Ann Thornton on October 17, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments
"What's that" is the first thing I said when I layed my eyes on this little nugget. The Grillmaster replied simply "An armadillo egg"...This appetizer is sure to be a game-day crowd pleaser! Score points with your friends and defeat hunger.
Cool weather means its time to heat up the grill. Get your game face on cause it's about to get serious! Rise-up and follow these simple instructions..
Core a jalapeno, stuff with cheese mixture, encase it in sausage, season and wrap it in…Continue
I was weaned on sweet tea. My Mama tells the story of how I, just a wee thing on a hot summer day in our hot car, asked, “Does you have any tea in your pocketbook?” She would make pitchers of the amber liquid to keep in our motel rooms when we traveled, because it was all that I would drink. Not water. Not soft…Continue
“Oh, yes!” she answered.
“There’s a Firefly Walk this Friday night at Armand Bayou Nature Center. I’ll sign us up.”
And so we went - me, her, and my mother. We arrived in the early evening of an early May day, before the Houston…Continue
Added by Leigh Ann Thornton on September 12, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
There's something about a wall covering that adds that extra element of color, energy and texture to a room. From smooth, suede walls in a study to a gingham wallpapered ceiling in a child's room, wall coverings provide a way to unite a space together and enhance its overall effect. Fort Worth's Emily Gilbert, of …Continue
Added by Interior Canvas on September 11, 2013 at 9:40am — No Comments
If you want to stop an interior designer in their tracks, ask them what their favorite fabric lines are. Although the textile industry competition is getting fiercer and fiercer, most people in the design business have their favorites. We thought it would be fun to get one designer to spill the beans on her top picks, and she was all too happy to do it! Former Nashvillian now…Continue
In an old house in Paris, that was covered in vines...Miss Clavel said, "...it's party time!". We celebrated my daughter's 8th birthday with a Madeline theme~ a party based on one of her favorite books!
Each guest received a beautiful invitation wrapped with a band and tucked inside a felt pouch~ made to resemble the cape that Madeline and her friends…Continue
I love Boston. My family and I always feel like we're at home in New England's first city even though we've never lived there. The historical city has always held a special place in our hearts. That love affair only got stronger last week.
For three centuries, Bostonians have had a tenacious,…Continue
After compiling a list of big screen classics for Mother’s Day, we upped the ante for this Father’s Day with our “favorites” list of a dozen television shows and a dozen movies depicting some famous and infamous fathers. No matter what their faults, most often…Continue
Added by whitney long on July 23, 2012 at 7:36pm — No Comments
By Emily LaBorde
“American roots music is at the center of this country’s soul. Without roots music, there would be no American music or modern pop culture today. No jazz, no rhythm and blues, no pop, no rock and roll, no Beatles, no Rolling Stones, no…Continue
Added by whitney long on July 23, 2012 at 7:29pm — No Comments
Added by whitney long on July 23, 2012 at 1:29pm — No Comments
by Mary Boyce Hicks I had the privilege last week of attending a naturalization ceremony at Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello. I have been there before for tours and such but this was a new experience—seated on the lawn, watching 84 people…Continue
Added by whitney long on July 23, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments
by Whitney Long
We have had movies and music on the mind with the recent Grammy Awards and Academy Awards. We started thinking about the Nashville connection and came up with a list of movies and songs every country lover should enjoy.
Added by whitney long on July 19, 2012 at 8:02pm — No Comments