The irony of my critique of the English language is not lost on me. Despite being a writer, I don't always show proper respect for English rules. I absolutely love dangling modifiers, split infinitives, and ending sentences with prepositions. The presence or absence of Oxford commas triggers no emotional response from me. Oh, and I … Continue reading When ‘You’ means ‘Y’all’: Recognizing Community in an Individualistic Culture
Photographers call the moments before the sun slips below the horizon the “golden hour.” The colors are brilliant oranges, pinks, reds, and purples. As much as I enjoy the beautiful colors, I also love to turn my back to the sunset and marvel at the long shadows. I encounter especially long shadows when I visit … Continue reading Leave a Long Shadow
I vividly remember Sept. 11, 2001. We were living in Waveland, Miss., at the time and was in my first year of study at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Kimberly taught first grade at Charles B. Murphy Elementary in Pearlington. Our son, Jonathan, was just 10 months old. At first it was a normal Tuesday. … Continue reading Remembering 9-11: A Personal Reflection
When I first noticed the lights of a lone car in the distance, fear washed over me. Headlights pierced the darkness of the moonless night as the car topped a small hill nearly a quarter of mile away. I watched across the open field as the car bounced down the bumpy dirt road until it … Continue reading Thirty Years Later, ‘I Miss All the Little Things’
This summer Kimberly and I will mark a significant milestone in our relationship. We met in May of 1991 – 20 years ago. Then in November we’ll celebrate 17 years of marriage. Both numbers seem impossible. Neither rolls easily off the tongue. How did so much time pass so quickly? The summer of 1991 was … Continue reading 20 Years Ago … Really?
30"X40" Acrylic and Paper on Stretched Canvas
HopeFourth-generation of the Street Signs collection.Mid 2008Acrylic on canvasI decided that the Street Signs could possibly say even more with fewer words.
NOLA Flag with SkylinesLate 2009Top: Acrylic on canvas panelBottom: Acrylic and newspaper on canvas panelThe background is a stylized version of the New Orleans flag. I personally like the newsprint version the best. I mean look at how I hand-selected each piece of newsprint for each specific spot in the painting. Most other people like … Continue reading Skyline
Faith, Hope, Love Fleur-de-lisMid 2008I began painting Fleur-de-lis painting in late 2007. I knew their was a market for the paintings. I was proud on the original fleur-de-lis design, but I only painted simple backgrounds at first. In mid 2008 I tried to work the words "Faith, Hope and Love" into the backgound. These took … Continue reading NOLA Collection
Arts, Music, MelodyThird-generation of the Street Signs collection.Early 2008Acrylic on canvas panelThese really capture all that I wanted to capture with the paintings. I used only primary colors and used street names that describe the city.I also painted one with "Faith, Hope, Joy"