04 March 2015

Snakes in the alley!

Longitude Lane, Charleston, S.C.
I've seen the Don't Tread on Me flag before but not this bright red and blue version. It was a dramatic pop of color on Longitude Lane.

I tried my hand at a Moroccan chicken stew this weekend and came home smiling knowing there was a pot of leftovers in the frig. I quickly took care of that. 

What a glorious day! It was painful sitting inside working all day. So many people have been off sick lately it was tempting to try to call in "too healthy to work" on such a pretty day. Rain tomorrow and cold the next so I hope everyone appreciated the sunshine.

03 March 2015

Violators will be dealt with

No Parking, Charleston, S.C.
 "Violators will be dealt with accordingly." 

What does that mean, do you think? It sure is polite but I bet it is going to hurt. 

02 March 2015

Art Walk - Blog Style

Spencer Art Gallery, Broad St., Charleston, S.C.
I friend mentioned at dinner that she had spotted me walking down Broad St. True. I walked past the series of galleries on Broad Street's Gallery Row and enjoyed capturing snippets of paintings in the windows - some with reflections, some with real flowers in the shots.

I am not sure I can do the art galleries justice by matching up the names and artists but I will go back through my camera card and see what I can do. Meanwhile, enjoy my quirky little art walk!

Cecil Byrne Gallery, Broad St., Charleston, S.C.
Edward Dare Gallery, Broad St., Charleston, S.C.
Coco Vovo Art for Living, Broad St., Charleston, S.C.

01 March 2015

My kind of Ninety

If these ladies are an example of ninety years old, sign me up.

I was invited up to Wando Woods Baptist Church yesterday afternoon for a ninety year old's birthday party. Ms. Betty turned ninety and her friend Ilene (below) is just behind her. They are amazing women - active, interested in others, taking classes and volunteering. Both ladies have thousands of hours of volunteer service at Roper and St. Francis Hospital under their belt. Happy birthday Betty!

Today, City Daily Photobloggers around the world are posting their take on our monthly theme of aging. Click HERE to see them.

27 February 2015

RIP Leonard Nimoy

Beth Elohim Cemetery,  Coming St., Charleston, S.C. 
Leonard Nimoy passed away today. Years ago wandering through a Jewish cemetery, I noticed the hands placed on tombs in the split fingered salute he made famous. It was interesting enough to backtrack to discover that he did it deliberately. Now I look for the hand prints on old tombs in Jewish cemeteries. This particular photo is in the Beth Elohim Cemetery on Coming St.

Leonard Nimoy: His religious upbringing also influenced the characterization of Spock. The character’s split-fingered salute, he often explained, had been his idea: He based it on the kohanic blessing, a manual approximation of the Hebrew letter shin, which is the first letter in Shaddai, one of the Hebrew names for God.
Edit to add: This post is getting some interest so I will add a few more cemetery pictures below and another link. Enjoy!

Kohanim or Cohanim Hands – Priestly Blessing: On Jewish tombstones you will sometimes see a symbol showing two hands arranged for the Priestly Blessing like the example here. This is a symbol of the Kohen or Cohen (Hebrew for priest). The plural form is Kohanim or Cohanim. Kohanim are assumed to be direct male descendants of Aaron, who was the first Kohen and the brother of Moses. Some Jewish surnames frequently associated with this symbol are Conn or Cohn (Kohn), Cahn (Kahn), and Cohen (Kohen), but you will find the symbol on the grave markers of people with other surnames. Today families can sometimes verify a priestly lineage from the tombstones of ancestors that have this symbol.

And yes, Star Trek fans… You’ve probably noticed the similarity between this symbol and the Vulcan hand greeting (“live long and prosper”) used in the TV show and movies. This was suggested by actor Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), who saw the Priestly Blessing in a synagogue when he was a child. He modified it as Vulcans use only one hand.

26 February 2015

Feelin' kinda green

Charleston, S.C.

My pets come to life in the warm weather.

Just kidding. This little green rascal was part of the Garden & Gun magazine display at the Southeastern Wildlife Festival booth.

Wow...I sure have been a slacker about walking lately. The nights have been either cold, dreary or rainy. I did row a few miles across my living room today but am looking forward to daylight savings time and longer, brighter evenings.

Fun evening last night at a bowling fundraiser for Water Missions International. My team of volunteers almost won! We didn't win but made a very good showing. I hadn't been inside The Alley on Columbus St. yet so had been looking forward to snooping around.

24 February 2015

Lowndes Grove Plantation

Lowndes Grove Plantation, Charleston, S.C.
Amazing to think that Lowndes Grove Plantation is right on the peninsula. I was walking around Hampton Park this past weekend and poked my camera through the front gate to get this shot. I've attended some lovely events on this property at sunset looking over the Ashley River and I know it is a popular wedding spot managed by Patrick Properties.
(The Grove; Grove Farm) Built ca. 1786, Lowndes Grove is a one and one-half story frame structure set upon a raised stucco-over-brick basement. Probably originally built in the Georgian mode, the structure has been altered through the years. Despite these alterations, the structure is valuable architecturally, chronicling various changes in architectural design. At one time the home of U.S. Congressmen William Lowndes, it later played an important role in the South Carolina Interstate and West Indies Exposition of 1901-02.

23 February 2015

Are you brave?

Hampton Park, Charleston, S.C.
Am I brave? I would have said, no, at least not physically brave and yet when I googled Brave Joan I found this lovely picture of me on a Cigar label. If it didn't cost $50, I'd buy it.