Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Our World, Highway 80 Sale

It was wet, and it was muddy.

But vendors came in trucks and trailers and vans 
and put their wares on tables and under tents.

This was part of the scene at the Angie's Auction site of the U.S. Highway 80
 World's Widest Yard Sale last weekend. It was the only site I visited,
 because I found so many bargains in such a short time,
 I had to leave before I took home MORE STUFF! 

Linking to Our World Tuesday

Monday, April 20, 2015

Library Week's Aspiring Writers

If you have ever chopped cotton, taken castor oil or eaten collard greens
 on special occasions, then you just might relate to Litric Mingo's poetry. 

The Gees Bend native and Selma resident recited poems about her childhood 
and culture at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library during 
National Library Week. She is one of several local aspiring writers
 who spent an hour presenting original works, published or not. 

Mingo recited poems from a collection she plans to self publish.While she
 has written many poems,  it was her very first one, "Freedom Movement," 
that propelled her to prominence at her school in Boykin.  
Eventually, because her writing expressed the emotions of young people
 so well during a time of social change, she was chosen as one
 of 17 minority youth for a two-week trip to France. 

Many of Mingo's poems are humorous, but others, such as "Morning Glory"
 and "Today," reflect her positive outlook. Still others convey determination
 to rise above the circumstances of her Civil Rights Era youth. 

More about Litric Mingo can be found HERE. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Good Fences, Sturdivant Hall

Here is a "low-level" look through the iron gates at Sturdivant Hall,
 an antebellum house museum that is open to the public and often the scene
 of many events such as weddings, receptions

Linking to Good Fences

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Signs, Signs (Let the Words of My Mouth)

Posted on a building on Martin Luther King Jr. Street:

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart
 be acceptable in they sight, oh God!" 

The verse is from Psalms 19:14 which ends, "...oh Lord, my strength and my redeemer."

Oh, if only!

Linking to Signs, Signs

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Gardens on Church Street

Most azaleas peaked last week ahead of this week's rain, and not many
 are more showy than the ones in this garden on Church Street. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Our World (Bulls at Play, or NOT!)

Give a little camera to your husband to take to the pasture,
 and you get action shots, sometimes!

He caught these bulls playing "King of the Hill" in the mud
 and atop a pile of gravel. That sideways glance from the bull on the left
 tells us he won the game, or at least he is warning the other bull 
to stay away.  That is what I think!

Linking to Our World Tuesday

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring in Fairoaks

Spring is always pretty in Fairoaks Square with plenty of foliage
 backed by charming Victorian cottages painted in pastels. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Skywatch (Partly Cloudy with Snowballs)

It's partly cloudy with snowballs!

Southern Living Magazine calls the snowball bush "spring's
 most elegant flowering shrub"  and all a yard needs "to make a statement."
 So I guess quite a few yards over in Old Town are making statements
 right now, because the snowballs are definitely showy!

Linking to Skywatch Friday

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Signs, Signs (150th Battle of Selma)

Signs promoting the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Selma are everywhere,
 even hanging from this balcony at the St. James Hotel
 during last week's Alabama River Chili Cookoff. 

Battle Weekend begins with living history tours for school children April 23 and 24
 and continues with a writers' forum, pre-battle skirmish, sutler settlement,
 Battle of Selma Ball and the main battle re-enactment on Sunday, the 25th.

Linking to Signs, Signs

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Moss at the Mausoleum

 Selma's Spanish MOSS is quite an attraction but nowhere better
 than the deep canopies it creates in Old Live Oak Cemetery, 

In Spring, it is even more beautiful as azalea blossoms are drenched 
with its tendrils. Here, the moss hangs over the MAUSOLEUM 

Linking to ABC Wednesday where the letter this week is "M," 



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