Tuesday, July 17, 2018


As I slipped out of the house this morning, I sneaked a peek into Chimo's room, and there was Ginger, hogging the fan.

Sunday, July 15, 2018


Went to see the Dazz Band concert, and had a pretty good time. Luckily it wasn't too hot, though there were a lot of gnats.

Sunday, July 8, 2018


Probably my favorite art museum in South Carolina, largely because it focuses on native artists, as well as a strong Wyeth collection. Chimo and I made a day trip up on whim. Nice collection of Anna Heyward Taylor, who was from Columbia. Awesome carved birds by Grainger McKoy. A nice collection of works by the grandson of N.C. Wyeth and son of Andrew Wyeth. They had some William H. Johnson works, many of which we had seen in Charleston not too long ago. I liked the Sidney Dickinson exhibit. Here are a few pictures of the art there. I highly recommend people check it out. It is free, by the way,a nd there are other museums in the same block, as well a nice shopping district that extends down to the park and falls. The last picture is an illustration by NC Weyth used in a book, I think:

Sunday, July 1, 2018


Chimo and several members of his troop hiked in north South Carolina this weekend. Herewith a few pictures stolen from their site.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018


Chimo and I took a road trip today up to Charlotte. We visited the Museum of the New South. I thought the permanent exhibit was pretty good, especially the recreations. I've seen better, but it wasn't bad. Was disappointed in the special exhibits. . . Text rich and artifact poor. Then we walked through the city, with Chimo gawking at the tall buildings. There was a cosplay convention going on, and some of the people were fun to look at. Then we checked out one floor of the Mint Museum of art. A really interesting and troubling collection of photographs by Mexican artists. Many good paintings. Saw a Warhol, Ansel Adams, Rockwell, and many others. Didn't like most of the modern stuff, especially the abstract. Walked back to the car. Freaking $21 for parking. Cost more than our dinner. The we attended a smooth jazz concert at the really excellent Freedom Park. We had a great time.

Friday, June 15, 2018


Ever since that summer 1977 while helping a DJ at The Governor's Club in Baltimore, when he played MOTHERSHIP CONNECTION, I have kept Funk in a special part of my heart. Have never seen a live performance by any of the P-Funk permutations, but have much of the music. Tonight, courtesy of Richland County Public Library, Bootzilla, Bootsy Collins, came for a visit and chatted a little about his life. We would have gladly listened for several more hours. The place was packed. But I managed to get a seat close. The after part was loud music and dancing folk, as people sought pictures and autographs. It was fun.