30 December, 2007

Direct Descendant


My childhood pet was Shadow, a wonderful Dachshund that came into my life in 1994, and suddenly left it in 1999. Shadow was my best friend, and I miss her dearly, I remember the day she died very clearly, I was in 9th grade and I lost my very best friend… just before I lost most of everything I held dear. Shadow had several puppies, and my Great Uncle Henry has the only one I know of that is still alive… and at 12 years old Minnie is a mirror for me of what her mother may have looked like had she survived. Minnie is a lot like her mother was, and I can still remember the day she was born, being with her carries me back to shadow, and I feel close to her anytime I am near her daughter.

22 December, 2007

Callie-Allie-Boo-Boo

Callie has her moments, and she can be a handful. While I was wrapping presents, it peaked her interest and she had to come play with the paper. Well I took a moment to get some extra tape and she decided to lie on the paper and prepare to be the next gift under the tree… I thought it was adorable.

On the first day of Christmas….

My true love gave to me, Electric Supplies in an Evergreen.

Really, You Shouldn’t Have… SERIOUSLY!!!!

But hey it was cute considering it was in an electrician’s office.

18 December, 2007

Sarcasm Tree


Christmas is definitely the holiday of lights, and the senseless murder of millions of evergreen trees. Their beautiful death shrouds consist of colorful ornaments, and a dazzling array of lights. These three beauties were found in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dallas, Texas over the weekend. Kind of gets you excited about the upcoming holiday doesn’t it?!!!!!

15 December, 2007

Port Gibson Ruins

Destruction can be devastating, ruining everything that people have built up over long periods of time. Through destruction there can also come unimaginable beauty... That most can not see initially. Volcanoes kill thousands and destroy large areas but through this come fertile land that can feed millions of people and creatures… When bad things happen, you have to find the beauty, otherwise the sorrow will take you to a place you really do not wish to be.

This home was in Port Gibson, Mississippi, all that is left are the ruins of the bottom floor and the bathroom on the second floor… through the destruction there is a eerie beauty that can not be missed.

13 December, 2007

In Darkness... Light

Sometimes the sky is dark and grey, and it seems that hope will forever be lost. Somehow when you least expect it, a little ray shines through.. And it all turns out better than you can ever have imagined. Keep pushing though the darkness, soon you will be in the wonderful glow of the light!

10 December, 2007

satURday

This photo was taken in Grenada, MS at Dixieland BBQ…. The food smelled great and the wonderful small town atmosphere was wonderful… I couldn’t help but notice something was wrong with the photo… when is Satday? Just curious… Is it after Moday? Or Weday?


My grade school English teachers… would all die.

27 November, 2007

Happy Holidays!


Christmas is starting to show up everywhere. And I could not resist showing my Yuletide findings either, this photo was taken in Tylertown, Mississippi at a Tylertown Florist, LLC. The tree was stunning, and the big white teddy bear just topped it off, it really got me excited about the upcoming Holiday!

26 November, 2007

Small Town Mississippi

I love small towns, and today I spent the day in Tylertown, Mississippi. A town full of happy people going about their happy lives. This is the main street of town called Beulah Ave, full of many great little shops and businesses to explore.

Pearl

Life is never perfect, and love is never what you want it to be. I don't know where we will end up, but I do know that we share a love. As we enter this new phase in our relationship, I feel a chance to begin again. Everyone knows how pearls are made, sand in an oysters mouth... Well our love has encountered and will continue to encounter "sand" and other trouble... But as we work the best we can, we can make our own pearls. Someday when we are old and grey, we both will stand hand in hand on a beach of pearls and watch the waves come in, and know that our love has conquered all that has attempted to shatter it, and together we will be victorious.

(I wrote this several months ago, someone took it off my LJ and ran with it... it has appeared in several places, along with another quote of mine... I feel honored that people are touched by my words.)

25 November, 2007

Creole Lifestyle

Louisiana Bayous are not the only places where there are homes In the middle of rural areas on stilts… there are many places in Mississippi that harkens back to the Cajun lifestyle. These homes in Hinds County are within a hundred feet from the Pearl River. They are homes for a group of people that I have personally grown to love for many reasons, one because I am related to them, and that I once also lived in one of the very river homes in this photo. My mother’s family is descended from the Creole people, and apparently that is a part of genetics that lives on in its descendants.

24 November, 2007

Pangea


This is my interpretation of a river scene on the great continent of Pangea during the Triassic Period.

The land was much different then, nothing like we know it today, a Cycad sits along the bank near a fallen Ginkgo tree, the seed ferns around it continue to grow nourished by the river that lazily flows into the Tethys sea. A lone male Cynognathus walks along the river bank, looking for small morsels that the current may wash ashore... or perhaps the scent of a female. A Brightly colored Ornithodira surveys the dead Ginkgo for insect life, unaware of the wonders the future and evolution holds instore for its decendants. In the distance the Foothills to the extensive Central Pangean Mountains(Proto-Appalachians Mountains) loom diviving the continent into North and South.

23 November, 2007

Barn




My entire life I would pass b this old barn on the way to and from my mother’s. Something about it would always catch my fancy; it always had a charm to it. Something about it reminded me of the Wizard of Oz, it had a beauty all its own.

The photo was originally taken in color, but I had to play with it a little… to give it my own personal touch.

22 November, 2007

Old Rosemary Bridge



These are the remains of a former bridge that once linked the Hinds County side of Rosemary Road to the Rankin County side. The current bridge is a one-lane ancient relic of a time when cars where big behemoths that they needed their own tracks on the bridge… this leaves me to believe that the bridge that presided the present Rosemary bridge was only strong enough for a horse and carriage. There are a few relics of the old bridge including old pilings, the remains of the railing in the water behind it… and some standing railing just off to the back. It is
surprisingly beautiful to the otherwise pristine Pearl River.

19 November, 2007

I'm Late, I'm Late, For a Very important Date...

The Pearl clock tower is a relatively new addition to the city at only two years old. It was exciting when they announced that it was going to be built, and it makes a wonderful addition to the Pearl City Hall/Library/Police Department/Community Room/ Former High school that is the “town square”. It is made up of bricks from a former wing of the high school that was demolished to build the Community Room, and contains plaques on the inside commemorating everyone who ever graduated from the old High School. It is Modern in appearance, and is lighted from the inside to be able to change colors with the season… or flash rainbow at night on someone’s whim. For the longest the Pearl Clock tower did flash rainbow colors at night, earning it a nickname with Pearl’s Gay community, and placing Pearl at the butt of many jokes… however the true beauty of the clock is often ignored…




View from the Inside looking up.

Dan Donovan 1935-1952

Dan Donovan is retired… he no longer exists. I guess I should somehow give some sort of proper goodbye to the character that I have given life to for the last few weeks. Dan wasn’t very smart, but what he lacked in intelligence he made up with athletics. He never quite understood the opposite sex… perhaps that was because he spent way too much time with the same sex, more time than any normal 17 year old boy. Perhaps Dan was gay, or maybe he was just an idiot… I guess no one but I can be certain on at least my incarnation of him. However one thing is for certain, he did not kill Aunt Caroline Endicott! But he was present during the events that led up to and preceded her death, including one regrettable tryst with a Detective over a red purse… as well as lying and throwing things across the Endicott’s house, but at least he did clean!

Today Who Killed Aunt Caroline has ended… and I am left with few mementos, wonderful memories, a bunch of photos, as well as a whole lotta new friends! I am glad that events led me into doing this, we really did have a dream cast… and it all came together for a wonderful experience, from the first dress rehearsal on… I loved it!

17 November, 2007

Holiday

It’s that time of year, when the homes of most Americans is filled with wonderful smells… the smells of large feasts being prepared. These feasts are prepared in honor of a group of religiously persecuted Christians and the Native-Americans that helped them through a tough winter. They had much to be thankful for, a new people to share customs, a place to worship however they chose, a great virgin land to mold and destroy into anything they hoped… People… What meaning does Thanksgiving hold for us in this modern age? We are one of the richest and healthiest countries in the world, and now as we embark on the 2007 holiday season, I wonder what lies ahead. A “Season” for giving… and Giving Thanks for what we have… perhaps we should end the “Season” and give to those less fortunate than us all year round… not just for a season. And for that matter, This Thanksgiving lets give thanks for what we don’t have disease, death, destruction, that some places experience on a day to day basis. Let’s not look at each other for what we believe or how we look… lets look at each other for who we really are, and we can take one another’s hand… and really give thanks that we live in a better world than we did yesterday!

15 November, 2007

Angel In Waiting

Angels have always been a source of fascination and interest for me. As a young child I was taught that people who die become angels, but as I grew older I came to realize that people do not become angels, angels existed long before men and have taken many different forms. They are protectors, spirits, messengers, but all in all beings of light, they bring positive things to all they encounter… So I guess some people can be angelic.

I took this photo at Repeat Street in Ridgeland… I felt Sepia was fitting.

Repeat Street
626 Ridgewood Road
Ridgeland, MS 39157-3906
Get Directions
(601) 605-9393

14 November, 2007

Washed Up Boat...

The famous SS Hurricane Camille that washed up during the infamous 1969 Hurricane that killed 269 people left this tugboat sitting 200 feet from its present location off Highway 90 in Gulfport, MS. The Boat survived many storms, and Katrina left it battered, and destroyed the gift shop that once sat at its rear. Now there is nothing saving it from possible demolition, the former owners have no intention of rebuilding, and the tug is in danger of disappearing... something needs to be done to save this piece of Mississippi History! For More Information Visit www.anniemayhem.com/cgi-bin/wordpress/?p=993

13 November, 2007

Who Killed Dan Donovan?

When I get bored things tend to happen, sometimes I can get creative. This is a glance at the creative side of me, including my love of graphic design. I did this movie poster and DVD cover for Who Killed Aunt Caroline, as I mentioned in an earlier post I play Dan Donovan. I love doing things like this, and I have learned my photoshop well… What can I say… there might be more stuff like this posted if I get bored enough.



10 November, 2007

You Might Be A Redneck If....

Have you ever been faced with one of those imponderable questions? One that just keeps you up for days on end? Well I have! Now the answer to my question has finally been answered, a question everyone has asked once in a while…. “What do I do if someone hits my mailbox and breaks it? Do I replace it? Fix it with new materials? Or use Duct Tape? Well my friends the people in good ‘ole Pearl, Mississippi have finally put the question down, once and for all! Duct Tape really does fix everything!

Oh where is Jeff Foxworthy when you need him? I smell a redneck joke somewhere…

Past Revisted

Very few places can cause such mixed emotions in me as this one photo. No this is not the house I grew up in; no this is not the home of a dear relative. Nothing like that, this home for me was part of a life changing event that transpired over the past summer. I lived in this house from March 2007- September 2007 and I learned a great deal about myself while here. I learned that I am stronger than I ever realized, and I also learned that I can be loved the way I always dreamed… but that that can go away in an instant. Sometimes things are not what they seem, and I know that while this may look like a nice house, believe me just a few months after this photo was taken, it went way downhill…. Sometimes it just takes a while for the true façade to come through.

08 November, 2007

The Circle of Life

Everything comes to an end, that is undisputable fact of life if we admit it or not, the sturdiest, prettiest, largest trees can fall and turn to dust. The greatest people if they have not will someday also pass from our lives. My life has been touched numerously by many people that have entered into my life, and then had to go on to what is beyond… and I know that I am better for having known them, and they will forever live in my heart.

06 November, 2007

Beautiful Couple

The Ross Barnett Reservoir is a great place to go and relax, and occasionally it can surprise you with beauty. These two trees stand in Lakeshore Park on the Rankin County Side of the Reservoir and provide shade in the summer, and a break from the cool wind like today. Oh and believe me the wind was strong and brisk today creating some wonderfully large waves that sent spray on anyone within a ten foot radius of the shore, it was a really nice albeit a cold experience.

video

Who Killed Aunt Caroline?


Acting is a passion of mine, I have been in several performances while in high school and now I am in my first post-school performance. This has been an experience that I have really enjoyed, everyone involved is absolutely wonderful, and as we gear up to perform, I know that it is going to be a great show. I personally have considered it an honor for being cast as "Dan Donovan" in Who Killed Aunt Caroline?, Dan is a quirky character that is very likable and rather goofy… and very much the classic dumb jock. The play itself revolves around the Murder of Caroline Endicott by poisoning, apparently something was in her tea, well the murder is someone in the play (could even be Dan), and that’s where the fun is! The play is full of very personable characters that are as great as the people that play them… I have had such a great time, and I have made some wonderful new friends.

05 November, 2007

Mind over Matter

The power of the mind is immeasurable, things that were thought to be impossible have come to pass through thoughts creating actions and then things become possible. And there are times where everything bad is mounting up around you and it seems that you can not break through. There in lies the trick, it is impossible to break through if you do not believe you can…. Your mind is working against you. Believe it… Know it… Feel it… and it will happen you will break through! Don’t focus on how it will happen, just know it will… and the “how” will fall into place, I think as a people we have forgotten this.

Mind and matter work in conjunction with one another, and if you focus on nothing but negative things then that is all you are going to attract. Be grateful for all the positive things that are in your life, thank the stars for every thing that is going right, and know that that the negative is on its way out… fill your being with positive energy, and light… and then you will attract nothing but positive things.

It will do good to remember this, it will make you feel better… and things will get better.


Brightest Blessings!

04 November, 2007

Beady Beautiful


When I was younger we called these “Mardi Gras” beads… hey I still call them that. My friend Lisa is planning to use them in her wedding, to decorate the trees, when she finishes it will be beautiful. I personally have many memories from my childhood revolving around these lovely colorful necklaces… I used them at Christmas to make ornaments, I used them to play dress up as a small tot, and I can still come up with crafty things to do with “Mardi Gras” beads... without showing any body parts!

03 November, 2007

Lucy Tyrannopisci Regina


This is my dear Lucifer (aka Lucy)… She is an Oscar Astronotus ocellatus, and believe me she has attitude like you would not believe. She is known to throw hissy fits, and attempt to attack people through the glass of the aquarium. She responds when I walk by and talk to her, she really is a great fish. I have had Lucy since October 23, 2004 and she has followed me everywhere I have gone. She is a great companion and is so much fun to watch, not to mention she is very beautiful.

Nature Henge



Occasionally I get the urge to go be by myself and converse with nature, and occasionally when I do this I channel the druids that built Stonehenge I guess, because I create circular designs out of bricks or rocks. I’m not sure why I do this, perhaps it is just the creative side of me, and I can’t help but wonder what other people that come along after me think.

The Top Henge was created at Bonita Lakes in Meridian, The Bottom was created at the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

El Wal-Brero

Today we went and had lunch with John and Cynthia at El Sombrero that just opened up in Brandon in between the Fred’s and Hancock Fabrics in what was once a Wal-Mart. I was shocked when I walked in at how awesome the place looked compared to some of the other restaurants in town, and the fact that it was located in a former Wal-Mart was even more shocking for me. Anytime I walk into a place that I knew in it’s former existence I look for little nuances of what once was, and the only way that I could tell that this had been a Wal-Mart was the painted “shopping center” ceiling, but the transformation was wonderful… kinda felt like I was in a resort in some odd Mexican town. The food was average compared to other Mexican restaurants, but it was not bad, I hope to return soon!

El Sombrero
5746 U.S. 80
Pearl, MS 39208-8930
(601) 664-6764




Royal Castles


Every now and again you come across a place that sparks your interest, and more often than not… your imagination. Meridian, Mississippi is full of such places that spark your imagination, and Royal Land is one of those places. From what I was able to gather, this was a small local theme park adjacent to the fairgrounds, however they are both now defunct, and this entrance is all that remains of Royal Land.

Uncertain Horizon


I have been inspired by a dear friend to create a photo blog, one I that I hope will help me to express myself and help others to see things the way that I see them. I know that this will be the start of a new adventure… one that I can be proud of. Join me as I face the uncertain horizon with a curious heart, and open eyes.

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