Nashville artist Susan Shockley, longtime curator of the Parthenon Museum, makes surrealist drawings that often incorporate images of strike plates. Yes, strike plates, the little metal thingies on door jambs, that door knob assemblies bump against and click into. Susan is delightfully secretive about the meanings of recurring shapes in her work, as you can … Continue reading Consider it Handled
If a man with a hammer sees the whole world as if it were a nail, you’d expect a remodeler to give you a thousand ways to remodel your house. Instead, Ridley Wills, lead designer at The Wills Company (where I work), asks a thousand questions: What do you love about your house? What do … Continue reading Homeowners Will Love (or List!) this Class
My dog is living her best life. According to @lulu_fox123 on Instagram, a terrier's life is equal parts snuggling and cuddling, with frequent interruptions to be adored and spoiled. Today, she emerged from under the duvet for just long enough to get a manicure. @lulu_fox123 is not much for getting her nails clipped, because she … Continue reading Crossroads Campus: A Day in a Dog’s Life
The egg holder on the window sill above my kitchen sink has been bleakly empty for the last few months. While my backyard hens molted and staged an egg strike, my family had to eat store-bought eggs, like regular schnooks. A few days ago, as we wrestled egg cartons in and out of the refrigerator, … Continue reading The Best Holiday Gift
Yesterday, for the first time in my new career, I parked in one of the Pro spaces at Home Depot. You know the ones, up front, reserved for contractors and professional builder types? It reminded me of the first time I filled in a bubble on a form declaring my occupation as Writer. That is … Continue reading Who Do You Think You Are?
Occasionally, you stumble across a straight-faced piece of journalism that reads straight-up like something out of The Onion. For example, I just read in a remodeling publication that the 2019 Color of the Year for a particular brand of residential roofing shingle is... drumroll please...Black Sable. The completely irony-free article explains that the "Color of … Continue reading Shingle All the Way
Julia Wilk, founder of Lovewood Custom Home Furnishings, is stronger with a chainsaw than she is with Instagram. That's probably because she's too busy in her workshop, shaping, sanding and otherwise coaxing the natural beauty out of ragged tree trunks to spend much time on social media. Plus, her work gloves make it hard to … Continue reading Who Wouldn’t Love a Gift from Lovewood?
I love the saying, "To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail." Known as Maslow's Law of the Hammer or the Law of the Instrument, the maxim says that we all rely on familiar tools to solve tasks at hand. It could also be expressed, "To a surgeon, every malady requires a … Continue reading Law of the Tape Measure
When I was in middle school, my parents came into possession of a giant blue sedan that had been orphaned upon the death of an octogenarian friend. The car, which probably hadn't been driven for a decade, was a vehicle that only a bootlegger could love. The trunk was higher than the nose, and the … Continue reading Life is a Glorious Patchwork
Remember when you were a kid and you drew pictures of houses? Each house had a triangular roof, square windows and a rectangular door—until some predictable spurt of brain development prompted you to add shutters to the windows and your parents declared you a savant. I'm guessing you probably never thought much more about shutters … Continue reading What’s It Gonna Take to Shutter Up?