Southern Baptist Part 4

Southern Baptist Part 4

I applied to two Baptist-affiliated colleges, Samford University in Birmingham, and Belmont University, in my hometown of Nashville. My parents, especially my father, felt strongly about me staying close to home. I am sure he was pleased when I found myself on the...

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Southern Baptist Part 3

Southern Baptist Part 3

My parents became members of First Baptist Church when we moved to Nashville in 1956. Like our church in Miami, First Baptist is located downtown and it’s congregation comes from all areas of the city. Until I left for college, I was expected to be at church Sunday...

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Southern Baptist Part 2

Southern Baptist Part 2

One of my most favorite people, from my days at First Baptist Church, was Miss Helen Conger. She was, what some people might describe as, an old maid. Because of a cleft lip, she had a distinctive nasal speaking voice plus a feisty personality that I came to...

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Southern Baptist Part 1

Southern Baptist Part 1

I have a church bulletin from Miami’s Central Baptist Church, dated September 19, 1952, with my mother’s photo on the front. It announces her resignation, after 7 years, as the church’s Educational Secretary. The reason given for her departure – to assume the position...

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Cinema Part 4

Cinema Part 4

Merriam-Webster defines selective memory as: “the tendency to remember only what one wants to remember.” Through the decades of my life, I have seen hundreds of films. There are only a handful of movies that standout. If I stop and think about it, or have my memory...

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Cinema Part 3

Cinema Part 3

Downtown Nashville, in the 1950s and 1960s, was much different than the landscape of today.  I remember residential being limited to only a few apartment buildings, however, some people chose to live in the aging hotels such as, the Sam Davis, Savoy and Hermitage....

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Cinema Part 2

Cinema Part 2

Walt Disney said: “Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.” My mother wrote to my father, on November 30, 1955, telling him that she took me to a movie. She...

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Cinema Part 1

Cinema Part 1

Cold Comfort Farm is a quirky British film from 1995. One of the older characters has not been able to move on with her life because, as a child, she saw “something nasty in the woodshed.” This is an ongoing line that many of the other characters say along with her...

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CHATTANOOGA  Part 3

CHATTANOOGA Part 3

I have visited Chattanooga twice in the past week. March weather has lived up to the lion and lamb thing as one day was warm with sunshine and the other cold and gray with the threat of snow. Approaching Chattanooga, I was reminded of a past trip as I glanced to my...

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CHATTANOOGA  Part 2

CHATTANOOGA Part 2

On Saturday, March 11, I will return to Chattanooga for a book signing hosted by the talented artists of Artists on the Loose in their studio space at 1401 Williams Street. Chattanooga has been a part of my adult life, especially in the field of art. I opened my first...

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CHATTANOOGA  Part 1

CHATTANOOGA Part 1

In 1920, my maternal grandmother was arrested in Chattanooga, Tennessee, because of her choice of apparel. She, and a friend, had decided to hitchhike from Nashville, Michigan, to Miami, Florida. For practicality they wore men’s clothing. That was enough to have them...

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