Thoughts on taboos and watermelon on the back porch...


Mobile, Alabama, USA
November 22
Design Workshop, LLC
Place and community are what is ultimately important to me, and if the place that I am in presently has no sense of community, then I have two choices: Leave or change it for the better. Luckily for me, I've got more opportunity than most to do both.


APRIL 29, 2013 11:46AM

Another Notch on my Bedpost

I suppose that's not really an adequate title for what I feel right now, after having conquered yet another project and seduced it into submission, but it would be close. In the same way that only the lucky few get to admire the conquests of a loverboy after having awakened from… Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2011 11:28AM

What did I say? Where did everyone go?

I'm just imagining it of course, but I do think that my responses to the flame throwers on the local newspaper website have been consistent in one way: Everytime I post something thoughtful, it ends up being the last post.

Why is that? Why aren't there any people out there who… Read full post »

OCTOBER 15, 2011 7:42AM

Occupy Barton

Video Dr. Vom vs. African Diaspora

While I watch MSNBC give Michael Moore the honored position of being the one to thank the network and Lawrence O'Donnell for coming down to the protests to film (a miracle in and of itself, for some of us who have watched "Here Comes… Read full post »

OCTOBER 12, 2011 10:24PM

What a couple of months it's been - Wow!

No, actually I'm not talking about the crazy stuff going on in politics, or the occupy wall street stuff. I'm talking about having made the fifth move since 2009. I now live in a house that is owned by a friend's mother, while she recovers from a stroke. It's a nice… Read full post »

AUGUST 26, 2011 12:47PM

Kickstarter Project Goes Live!

My first kickstarter project has just gone live. I say first because the experience has unleashed all sorts of other ideas that I could put out there if this one takes off. And if it doesn't, well, that makes no sense at all.

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AUGUST 18, 2011 11:51AM

Travelling my Memories

Sitting in Atlanta airport with an antique laptop having purchased wifi access for almost seven bucks, I am in a totally different world.  Flying on frequent flyer miles my brother-in-law used to transport me to South Carolina for a wonderful gathering of her daughters and their families.

I… Read full post »

Barton PLACE stands for Barton Project for Learning and Community Engagement - it  is a virtual site where people can interact to create a virtual Timeline for the purpose of bringing together the friends, family and actual graduates of Barton Academy.

 Virtual places are those places that… Read full post »

My cousin John and I have been having conversations for a few weeks now, and I am starting to see that there might be something larger than either one of us going on here. I have only seen John a few times in 45 years, and spoken to him only recently,… Read full post »

AUGUST 11, 2011 7:11PM

An Education Summit at Barton PLACE?

Julia Cameron is the author of The Artist's Way. in which she stresses three important elements of creativity: a daily walk (or at the very least a weekly walk), daily Morning Pages and an Artist's Date.  My recent focus on Barton Academy has been strongly insp/Read full post »

AUGUST 8, 2011 2:40PM

Thoughts on an International School

A neighbor just stopped by to share with me the front page of today's paper, which had a feature on the current idea to turn Barton Academy into an international Magnet school. I'm a bit amused at that, considering how difficult it is to get people from other parts of the… Read full post »

AUGUST 7, 2011 3:18PM

Barton PLACE


Who quits their job in the midst of 11% unemployment? Well, I did - over a year ago.   I quit a job I loved at the University of South Alabama working for  the Program for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (PETAL).

This is what I wrote at the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2011 11:20AM

Jackhammer Valentine's Day

 note: The first versions of this were written in a state of mind that was dangerously close to working me into a serious meltdown. I'm very fortunate that I recognized the warning signs and started doing some things differently yesterday in preparation for the emotional evening. I did go to theRead full post »

AUGUST 6, 2010 1:08PM

Silence after the Bomb


Letters from my father
Marking the anniversary of Hiroshima has always been exceptionally difficult for me because of what it represents. For me, the day is not only the tragedy of that act of destruction of so many lives, but the mantle of silence that attended the act. The US Government instituted a…

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This morning, after having sat straight up in the bed for the fifth morning in a row at some hour other than five am which is when my day usually begins (that's when NPR comes on WHIL) I made coffee and crocheted a new project that has been part of what… Read full post »

The following article is from an old Cobb OnLine article which described the website that I created with my friend Dr. Stephen Goldfarb in 2000. We didn't expect to get any real traffic at all, but indeed we did. At the time I was really fearful of my nameRead full post »

Intentional learning. Critical thinking. Active, engaged students. If you are like most faculty these days, you have give up hope of finding students who fit these descriptions. But what if there was a way, a tool, to help students reach this level of self-awareness
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I've been fighting taboos all my life. Literally, since the day I was born and the black nurse brought me into my mother's room with a head full of black curls, and my mother said "That's not my baby!" because she had no idea there were so many curly… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2008 4:58PM

What's the matter with Alabama?

Okay, so we didn't turn blue. Rose colored is a step in the right direction, I think.  It seems that way from where I sit in the very deepest part of the deep south. It is progress.

An old boyfriend of mine always used to tell me my problem was… Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2008 5:12PM

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

Well, maybe it isn't as bleak as all that. In fact, I am beginning to get a sense that we may be in for the best years in some ways that we could have hoped for. Certainly not in terms of prosperity, but perhaps in other ways, the future is

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2008 10:30PM

Goodbye Ike!

From where I sit in my studio I can see the bands of clouds moving northward (I'm facing due west) so I'm probably looking at the final edge of Ike as it dealt us only a glancing blow from the standpoint of wind and clouds, but the storm surge is another… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 7, 2008 7:28PM

Trust me

Why today? by you.

It's not that I don't trust YOU GUYS, but I just switched my preferred choice from my name to my nickname. Given the fact that my car and all my identification was stolen this past week, I'm not all that comfortable with where my name might end up. So for … Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2008 8:31AM

Didn't lose my house, just my car...

Yesterday morning I hopped in the shower to get ready to head back to work and school after the Labor Day storm weekend during which we all waited, watched and ran from Gustav. My story you already know. I stayed here and whined to you about the insanity of asking so… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2008 10:12AM

So now what do we do?

Gustav left us in pretty good shape except for some local flooding, and yet already this morning I've seen cars being pushed because they're out of gas and many of the schools are not open so that situation might have been much worse if they had been. Many of the gas… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 1, 2008 10:22AM

Mobile is quiet this morning

Last night I slept in my upstairs room where I can see the trees on all four sides and I slept comfortably in bouts, awakened only by my brain reminding me that I was not supposed to be sleeping in the midst of a category 4 hurricane. I could hear the… Read full post »

AUGUST 31, 2008 10:04PM

More poetry from Rob Gray

poetry is nothing
but an attempt to capture
a moment
in time
a single moment
or object
everything is a reduction
poets try to break the laws
of prose
and essays
they eschew theses
and often logic
to get at a single object
one moment's not enough
or vice versa
no single object
or i… Read full post »