The Iris Tectorum are exquisite this spring. Lilac and lush, with flat, fan-shaped leaves and intricate petals worthy of orchids, Tectorum are more petite than the great bearded specimens of the Tennessee state flower. The blooms in my yard look like they have been plucked from a minor Van Gogh. I suspect their current flamboyance comes courtesy … Continue reading The Flowery Language of Construction
Let me just say that starting a day at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is a rare treat and privilege. For about the last month, I have weaseled my way onto the exquisite grounds early in the morning, before crowds arrive, to glimpse progress of Cheekwood's Storybook Houses exhibit, which opens to the public today. For … Continue reading SOME TERRIFIC RADIANT Fun at Cheekwood
When I was growing up in Nashville, there was an iconic anti-littering commercial featuring an unsavory motorist chucking garbage out of a jalopy and a song about "Tennessee Trash" playing in the background. In today's inclusive world, I don't suspect you could air a public service announcement equating a human to trash--even as double-entendre. Even … Continue reading A Little on the Trashy Side
Once upon a time, when I was in technical college, I won a car. I'll tell you all about it some day, but for now let me just say I highly recommend winning a car. In fact, here's a chance to do just that: Nashville Tree Foundation is raffling off a 2019 Subaru Forester...get it? … Continue reading Forester for the Trees
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
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
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?
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?
I'm almost too tired to type this. After a day on a Habitat for Humanity build in Nashville, every fiber of my being aches. But I feel awesome. The day started with coffee, doughnuts, and a prayer for "mercies of safety and productivity," administered by a volunteer from First Presbyterian Church, which coordinated the build. … Continue reading Happy Day With Habitat for Humanity