Cold Cream and Laughter: A Minick Mirror Speaks the Truth

Typically I like to be nose level drowning in a problem before I ever address it.  Often it is at the moment when I am cussing, “FAT FROG ON A LILLY PAD!” that I realize I have to get to work.  It is a rather sad state of affairs, this need to be knocked off my feet before I take…

Continue Reading...

Waiting. And Winning.

Know this: I love me some D. Mark Minick.  When it comes to walking into your dreams, Minick Interiors is my go to place.  I go in there for no other reason than to sit amongst the pretties.  I go to Mark’s just to hear the laughter of the folks who work there.  I go in there because every time…

Continue Reading...

Ramblers gonna Ramble

I’m sitting on my porch still trying to recuperate from all that was the Georgia Trust Fall Ramble.  The Ramble is basically a tour of homes thrown by a city in our fine state and this season the Ramble belonged to Americus.  I am writing about it after the final event was held some two weeks ago.  However, my ankles,…

Continue Reading...

How a Good Sofa Can Make You God’s Favorite Kid

Carolyn McNeill was one of the most graceful and stunning women I have ever met.  By the time I could really appreciate all she was I was in my 20’s and she most likely was in her late 60’s.  She and her husband Marvin, a man who found his strength as the kindness of a southern gentleman, sat behind my…

Continue Reading...

Good Company is Comin’

There is a new thing coming.  It is here,  in fact.  Has been for decades.  The steady march of those ladies who have found a special man they want to claim as husband.  It happens over and over again, this spectacle of women who come in and pick out the finest in what will suit them in their married life…

Continue Reading...

Getting Bubba Home

I recently read that “Forrest Gump” has celebrated its 20th anniversary.  The article wanted me to read all the quotes making the movie something great.  I don’t need their help.  We all know them, the simple wisdom of a simple man who had found a way to make our humanity the most profound thing about us.  He told our truth,…

Continue Reading...

Little Pieces of Awesome

Remember the game on The Price is Right with the little singing mountain yodeler who steadily climbs the massive Alp based on how bad you missed the price on Charmin Ultra Soft?  Sometimes they would use obscure products, like Polident or some Pepperidge Farm cookies; I don’t trust anything where each cookie comes in it’s own little cupcake wrapper, especially…

Continue Reading...

Pontifications Upon Foundation and Survival, for They Go Hand in Hand

There comes a day when you have to look at foundations.  As I have said before,the bones of my 601 were good.  I had them inspected and the ole gal was holding tight to the integrity in which she was built.  She still shined here and I was thankful because isn’t it just easy and rather dull to expect because of…

Continue Reading...

Wall Paper: The Best Therapist I Ever Had, Vol. 2

I went on toiling over wall paper for another day with minimal progress. I began to worry about how I would reach the ceiling, but I was just gonna see what happened. This was my journey to the promise land and I was gonna see how the provisions would come to me.  Finally my great good friends, and my neighbors, the Usreys…

Continue Reading...

Wallpaper: The Best Therapist I Ever Had, Vol. I

There is one major lesson Mark learned somewhere along the line and it is this: idle hands breed depression.  He also knew I am prone to it.  So on one very hot day, really early as I remember it, he told me to meet him at 601.  I did. He had a steam machine and a little plastic scrapper.  Mark was already there…

Continue Reading...