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.

22 February 2015

Bench with a view

Hampton Park Terrace, Charleston, S.C.
I did my walk around the Hampton Park are this morning. What a beautiful day. It won't be long before this marsh is lush and green but the gold and brown has it's own beauty. People are taking advantage of the sunshine running, biking and doing yoga in the park. Happy day!

In other news, the next big festival on the Charleston calendar is the Food & Wine Festival. Most of the events are above my budget but this time they are pairing up with the Pecha Kucha night and including the food with the presentation. Interested?This will be on Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. for $40.More info here:
From the team that brought you Pecha Kucha Night Charleston, for the first time ever, Charleston’s Creative Parliament is hosting a culinary-themed Pecha Kucha in partnership with BB&T Charleston Wine + Food. Join these culinary luminaries as they present a high-energy verbal display of all things gastronomic. Come experience (and taste) the fun!
Pecha Kucha is a mix of show-and-tell, open-mic night and happy hour that has become a forum for ideas on all forms of creativity. Devised in 2003 in Tokyo, Pecha Kucha has spread virally to over 135 cities around the world as an informal forum for creative people to meet, network and show their work. 20 images + 20 seconds = 6 minutes 40 seconds of food fame before the next presenter is up. Learn more about Pecha Kucha here www.pechakucha.org

21 February 2015

Ice in the fountain

Ice, Charleston, S.C.
We are such babies about weather in the lowcountry and it doesn't take much to send us into an Ice Storm tizzy. Our homes and roads simply aren't prepared to deal with cold and icy weather since we get it so infrequently. My azaleas were already starting to bud. Thursday night was our coldest and this was what the fountain in the courtyard at the hospital looked like.

I pulled all the protective blankets and sheets off my plants this morning because I understand it is supposed to be close to 70 degrees by tomorrow. That is enough of that!

19 February 2015

With the car or without?

Joseph Manigault House, Charleston, S.C.
I am torn about cars and people in my pictures. I usually wiggle around trying to get a shot without vehicles in it and yet I love to see them in old pictures. The vehicle style and period clothing help date photos. In my pictures people usually seem to be wearing baggy shorts and t-shirts and the cars don't seem to add any charm. Maybe they will matter years from now. What do y'all think?

This is the Joseph Manigault House which is one of the Charleston Museum tour homes. The web site gives a great pictoral tour of the mansion.
Charleston's Huguenot House: One of Charleston's most exquisite antebellum structures, the Joseph Manigault House, built in 1803, reflects the urban lifestyle of a wealthy, rice-planting family and the enslaved African Americans who lived there. An exceptional example of Federal period architecture, this elegant townhouse, a National Historic Landmark, was designed for Joseph Manigault by his brother Gabriel, who is also credited with designing Charleston’s current City Hall. A striking spiral staircase accents the impressive central hall, and many of the rooms are restored to their original color schemes.
G'night kids. It has been a busy day. I have my electric blanket turned on high for our coldest night of the year.