The Year of the Dog at the Pink Palace

Originally posted on The Pink Palace Family of Museums:
Loki and Katie Willis have spent 2014 working on a 52-week photography project that features Loki’s personality and Katie’s talents behind the camera. Loki is a schnauzer-poodle mix who Katie adopted from Memphis Animal Services in 2010. Each week, Katie has photographed Loki at iconic Memphis…

A Very Memphis Christmas

Originally posted on The Pink Palace Family of Museums:
Decorating the Pink Palace has been a longstanding Memphis Christmas tradition. In 1951, the Museum displayed a forest of live, imaginatively decorated Christmas trees. The exhibit promoted fire safety and was co-sponsored by the Memphis Fire Department. At the opening, Santa Claus arrived in a fire…

Enchanting the Pink Palace

Originally posted on The Pink Palace Family of Museums:
The Enchanted Forest began at the Goldsmith’s department store in Downtown Memphis. George Hettinger, designed the display, initially spreading out the characters throughout the store. The display grew each year, drawing visitors to walk through the ground floor displays. In the 1970s, Barry Hartzog, the store’s…

Looking East and Waiting

I have always loved advent; it is my favorite liturgical season. I like that it builds gradually but steadily, leading me on an outward journey while simultaneously causing me to reflect on what exactly it is that I am waiting for. Focusing on advent helps me remember that Christmas itself doesn’t start until the sunContinue reading “Looking East and Waiting”

Simplicity in Baking

It’s been a rough two hours. Apparently, I broke the baby’s heart when I decided to shred the chicken for the soup instead of picking him up. At least, that’s what his plaintive wails sounded like to my ears. The shrieking was compounded by the fact that he a) has learned how to pull himself upContinue reading “Simplicity in Baking”

Today, We Celebrate

My parents are amazing people. The word “amazing” gets overused, but the adjective suits them nicely. They gifted my brothers and me with enviable childhoods. There was food and laughter and discipline and dancing rainbows in the kitchen. They took us to interesting places like the beach and the mountains and the Alamo and the Rockies stadium.Continue reading “Today, We Celebrate”