Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward was born in Thomasville, Georgia. She majored in drama at Louisiana State University. She won many awards for acting, but I remember her as Paul Newman’s wife. Their performance together in the movie, “The Long Hot Summer,” was wonderful. The chemistry or spark between the two seemed too natural, even for accomplished actors on the big … [Read more...] about The Story of an Iconic Southern Film
As Halloween grows near, nighttime lasts a little longer, and leaves from the trees and bushes float down to create a colorful, crunchy carpet that hides all sorts of creepy crawlers. Spiders work overtime, engineering those impressive webs of silk that cannot be avoided. Then there’s the awkward flailing dance each person must do to remove an imaginary spider the size of a … [Read more...] about A Halloween Tale; It’s Downright Eerie
In 1967 Catherine Marshall published the much-loved book Christy. It is based on her mother's experiences as a young teacher in the rural Appalachian Mountains. In 1970 I checked the book out from my high school library and read it simply because of the title. The book's name and the heroine's were spelled like mine, and I was curious about its content. It was my first … [Read more...] about Christy, the Favorite of Appalachia
While sitting in the waiting room of the doctor’s office this past week, an older couple came into the room. I usually don’t notice who walks in, but there was something different and almost familiar in how they interacted. The gentleman was a talker. He was about as wide as he was tall and very tall. His quiet little wife was just a little larger than one of Santa’s … [Read more...] about A Southern Belle, The Long Goodbye and Memories of a Mother
In the middle 1960s, I worked as a telephone operator on unit 4 at 51 Ivy in downtown Atlanta, GA. (The name of the street is different now.) Take a short trip back in time … it's 1965, no cell phones, no personal computers, no online directories, and the Atlanta printed directory was at least 3 ½" thick. I never thought about the possibility of a phone in the future that … [Read more...] about Hello, Operator?