Sunday, June 28, 2009

Never Can Say Goodbye

The Flip Wilson Show. If you never saw that television variety show, then you haven't seen anything at all. It was pure genius. To this day, Geraldine is my all-time favorite variety-show character.

Friday, June 26, 2009


This was my favorite song of his. I saw the movie when I was 4-years-old and still remember so many of the scenes.

Remembering Farrah

WHO didn't own this poster?

I'm still bowled over by this. I knew it was coming but it doesn't make it any easier.

I don't think we realized how revolutionary Charlie's Angels was until long after the last episode aired.

Her smile.

Who didn't want those teeth?

Her hair.

Every little Black girl I knew, and some of the boys, too, wanted the Farrah Flip. Hot combs and pressing irons got quite a workout in her heyday.

Her talent.

Did anyone see her remarkable work in Small Sacrifices in the role of sociopath Diane Downs, the woman who killed her children? Extremities was all that and then some, but Small Sacrifices was a giant performance. That she hoisted no major award for it remains a tragedy.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson Is Dead

FEEL as though the entire tapestry of my coming of age has been ripped from the walls in a single 48-hour period.

Ed, Farrah and Michael, all gone.

Have mercy.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunday With Luther - Dance With My Father Again

WISHING all the fathers out there a peaceful and blessed Father's Day.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The View From Here

FINALLY put together a slideshow of recent developments on the farm. Slideshow is best viewed in full screen mode by clicking on the icon at the lower right corner of the screen. For photo captions, click on "Show info" in the upper right menu list.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I'm Addicted To Growing Things

I CAN'T stop opening the earth.
Seeding, planting, pruning, weeding, watering.
Red beans, northern beans, green beans,
blackeye peas, soybeans, cucumbers
and squash. Cantaloupe, watermelon,
honeydew, gourds and pumpkin. Peppers,
almost all the varieties, tomatoes,
zucchini, okra, potatoes, sweet potatoes
and apples trees. Lemon, tangerine, mango,
Asian pear, and avocado, too.

Can't forget the spring garden,
either. Cauliflower, collards, fennel,
golden beets and carrots. Arugula,
asparagus, mescalin, mustards and turnips.
Swiss chard, spinach, mizuna, mache,
radish and red beets. Broccoli, peas,
cabbage, celery and parsley. Thyme,
tarragon, rosemary, sage, basil and
cilantro. Leeks, red onions, scallions,
vidalia and chives.

The pure humus, fine and soft
as brown sugar, around the
giant oaks at the southwest corner
of the field looks sweet enough to eat.
Finding composted horse,
goat, and cow manure,
like coffee grounds, black and
pungent and eye opening,
like dark chocolate, rich and
dense and rush inducing,
beneath weeds, rocks, rotted plywood
all over the barnyard makes
my heart skip a beat.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Thought For The Day

I'VE had to force myself to live without dread and accept there's nothing I can do except love.