Random Pics for Kicks


Back to business!


So, if you’ve been following this blog for awhile then you know how much I love to post random pictures from my i-phone.


I love it!

Most of these are shots of food, but some are straight up selfies of The LadyG herself!


Narcissism is a helluva drug!

And so, without much more fanfare, here we GO!

Butterpeas with Okra and Bacon!  Good God YES!
Lady G is a proud Emory Mom!
Skagit Valley
Bestie at Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Seattle
Walking Owl
I love to collect stones and I get them from Eve!
BREAKFAST!  So necessary


Lady G giving FACE!
Members of Flowering VinePNG
Beautiful members of The Flowering Vine (My cousins)
Seared Salmon!  Lady G does not play!
Cut up Veggies
What to do with these veggies?
Me and Rods Grad
(L) My son graduating from Emory University (R) My son at my graduation -age 4.  That’s my Daddy in the background 🙂
Scallop and Garden Fresh Succotash
Those veggies became a Scallop and Garden Vegetable Succotash..Delicious!
Before the veggies were cut
Boiling Asparagus
Asparagus boiling like hell!
Good friends!
My son presenting his research project–Lady G don’t even understand it 🙂
Magic Stones
Gem stones that I got from The Walking Owl
Lady G…Yet again! LOL!!!
Goodies from the Sea
What I got from Your Dekalb International Farmer’s Market
What I DID with what I got from Your Dekalb International Farmer’s Market
Graying hair is really okay
Crab Louie-Trumans Tavern
Crab Louie from Truman Tavern in Downtown Decatur, GA
PreGrad Dinner
Prime Rib from Truman Tavern
Lady G and her tired toes!
LadyJ and the Cat
Lady J, my daughter, and the kitty cat!
Lazy Sunday at Bookstore
Lazy Sunday at the bookstore


Hope you enjoyed your peek into my life!

Have a magnificent week!

Love and light to you!

Lady G


A Study in Tenacity: My Son, the Graduate

With degree
My Son with his Degree from Emory University in Atlanta Georgia
When he left for college…

We prayed for him.

We encouraged him.

We guided him.

We supported him.

We cheered for him.

We consoled him.

We pushed him.

We pulled him.

We LOVED him…

But the one thing that we could not do was go to school for him.


Nevertheless, we did all that we could.

And now…

After enduring any number of set backs, this young man soldiered on and did the DAMN thang!

He NEVER gave up!

And we expected nothing less.

So, please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of my beloved son.

First, a word about his alma mater, Emory University.

Emory is a private university, nestled within the tony Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta, GA–actually it’s more so Decatur but anyway….. 🙂

The University was ranked by The Wall Street Journal as number 17 of 500 US national private and public universities.

It is the only University in Georgia to make the top 20.

Some notable alumni include, Robert W. Woodruff of Coca-Cola fame.  In fact, Mr. Woodruff’s family and charitable foundation remain huge supporters of the University.

Other notable alumni include:

Dr. Bernice King (Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Robert Jones (Professional Golfer and Father of The Masters Golf Tournament)

Kenneth Cole (Famous Designer)

Notable Faculty include:

39th U.S. President, James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr.

19th U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

It is also important to note that Emory University Hospital accepted and cared for American physician and Ebola patient, Dr. Kent Brantly back in 2014.


I’d say, this kid was in good company huh?

But seriously, I am so proud of my sweet boy—now young man!

That said, we don’t get to celebrate the accomplishments of African-American men very often, so please indulge me as I do that here.

Here is a short video and a collage of pics.

First, a 30 second video of the Graduation Processional.

The music was provided by Atlanta Pipe Band.

Bag Pipes!  YAAAAAYYY!!!


Additional program music was provided by The Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet.



Mama loves you Rod!  And in the words of the great Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss, “Oh the places you’ll go!”

Oh the places

Thanks for allowing me to share this with you.  Please be sure to comment and offer any words of advice to my son as he starts a new chapter in his life!

Love and light to you all!

Lady G