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Lesson on Southern Hospitality

16 Dec


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There was a time in my life where everything was simple. When I was a young child, still small enough to sit in a chair and be able to swing my feet; I would always sit on my Great Grandmother’s porch in one of her rocking chairs and read.  Each time, after only a few minutes, Ma (pronounced Mm-uh), would come out and join me. This one day I noticed that every time a car drove pass the house, she would wave. The person driving would blow their horn and if they had others in the car they all would wave. Every now and then one would yell out a greeting. I said, “Ma, do you really know all these people?” She looked at me as if she wanted to laugh. She said, “No, but it is polite to wave.” This was my first lesson on Southern Hospitality.

Over a decade later, at age 22, I moved to Maryland with one of my Aunts and her family. My first morning there I went for a walk. As I ran into people on the way I would greet them. Each one would hesitate first and then manage to greet me back. They looked shocked, perhaps astonished by my kindness. One thing was for sure, I wasn’t in North Carolina anymore.  Where I was from, everyone would chat with strangers, as if they had already known them for years or had run into an old friend.

This wasn’t my first time outside of the South. I was born in Maryland and raised in North Carolina. I spent many summers on Long Island, New York and in New York City. New York has its share of friendly people, but of course everyone is busy and rushing to get somewhere. Nevertheless, New York is still one of my favorite places to visit. Although, it’s nothing like living in the South; plenty of great food, cheap housing, beaches and lots of friendly folks.

I have been to many states in the South. Everything really is bigger in Texas, nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning, Georgia is the Empire State of the South, Tennessee is rich in history, and Alabama is really the Heart of Dixie!


Christmas in New York City

1 Dec


Some of the best photography of New York City during the holidays!

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting (

Rockefeller Center Tree (

Rockefeller Center Tree (

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting (

Wollman Rink Ice Skaters, Central Park (Andrew Prokos Photograpghy)

Radio City Music Hall

Central Park in Winter (

2011 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Remembering whats important!

29 Aug

Flag & Obelisk

Image by M.V. Jantzen via Flickr

While people are still relishing in the fact that Beyonce is pregnant, let’s take a moment to remember those who died because of Hurricane Irene. We’ve concerned ourselves more with Beyonce’s pregnancy than the fact the there was a new MLK memorial built in Washington, D.C. A memorial to a man who made it possible for Beyonce to even be on stage.  He fought for civil rights and equality for all. Also, September 11th is coming up, rest in peace to those who lost their lives on 09/11/2001. Thanks to those who have served and continue to serve in our United States military!

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