My CommonCreativ Q&A with Carlton Hargro

Last month I had the opportunity to interview a guy I  have known for ages named Carlton Hargro. He has lived many lives since we first met from doing security in a homeless shelter to Editor of Creative Loafing in Charlotte, NC;  but we sat down to talk about all things creative, his love for the city of Atlanta and his African-American Superhero Anthology project. Read the article here


On the Soapbox. Off the Hook.

Sometimes I need to vent to large audiences who in my delusional state I feel need to hear what I have to say. Did that make sense? With that being said, I recently posted the following rant on Facebook. I put these things on there because I know that I have friends in the world of Facebook who are right wingers, left wingers, and in-betweeners like myself. Knowing that I hope to speak to them not in a political voice but in a common sense one. Please read my words and allow the remarks and comments to build in your head. I would love to hear if you agree with me. . .

So you cut food stamps; but you don’t also try to lower food costs. You don’t want to raise minimum wage; but you want to deny that folks are working 40 hour weeks and still qualify for welfare. You want people to be educated; but you don’t work to lower education costs. You don’t want to pay for healthcare; but you create an environment and grow food that makes people sick. Is this the world’s worst joke or are you simply the world’s biggest asshole?

This Week in Pictures

How was your week and your 4th? While my work week was short, it was busy and jam packed. Right now I am enjoying a quiet house as Joe is sleeping and Aaron is off at school.  Golden are the moments when you are both inspired and able to go where your inspiration takes you. 

Here are some shots of my past week. . . 

Old Fourth Ward Park and the O4W Arts Festival last weekend. 

Aaron wowing his classmates with his American flag painting. 

Me in my lovely Iram-Inal necklace from Beehive Atlanta
Sugar and carbs anyone? How I love Revolution Doughnuts! 

How will you spend time this weekend? I plan on eating some good food and drinking some even better beer. 

Summer Learning

Lesson I learned recently: You can never have too much bacon jam for noshing! 

As a child, the end of the traditional school year meant the beginning of my read-a-thon. “Read This Summer” was the rule that was given to us on the last day of school and I always dove into the task head first. I was a regular at the library, checking out the maximum number of books each visit and lusting over the Childcraft volumes which were in the reference section and sadly could not be borrowed. I spent my summer learning and it made the humid heat a little less painful. 

Now as an adult I try to learn new things, how to cook buttermilk biscuits and the easiest way to make a gusset in a purse I am sewing. I am no longer working within a school year so this learning occurs year-round; but somehow this summer I am once again diving headfirst into learning a few new tricks.

The first one is a Summer Dress E-Course offered by Whiptstich . Now through September I will be spending quite a bit of time behind my sewing machine praying to God I do not end up channeling my inner Denise Huxtable while trying to sew these three cute dresses. Gordon Gartrelle is not what I am going for here. (If you are drawing a blank on what in the world I am talking about watch this clip.)

The second opportunity to open my mind to knowledge will by sitting in a room with the beautifully blunt Hollis Gillespie once again. I have been wanting to gather up all of the pieces of my patchy blog/website and this will be the first step in making that dream a reality. The blogging workshops  are known for sending all of their participants in the right direction and if it is anything like the writing workshop I took last month, I know I will be more than pleased. 

Stay tuned for pictures of my (fingers crossed) dresses and a newer look to my website. 

Let the learning begin!