Near downtown Boise, The Old Lady discovered the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.
This memorial is much more than a remembrance of a murdered child and her dreams.
Quotes from people as diverse as Dr. Seuss, Frederick Douglass, and Elie Wiesel adorn the stone walls, speaking louder to the world as the years progress.The exhortations of sages throughout the ages are immortalized in stone to remind us NOW, in the year 2017, of our true purpose on this planet.The Old Lady wept, not with tears of sadness but with tears of joy, at the hope and LOVE etched here that speak to us all today and forever.Best. Memorial. EVER!
MAMA’s Club officially opens in Gainesville FL on August 1!
Owner Faye Williams is a Gainesville native who spent years in Washington DC establishing Sisterspace and Books, a feminist and African-American culture oriented bookstore and community center. After the powers-that-be in the nation’s capitol managed to evict Sisterspace and take over the building for their own purposes Faye returned to the city of her birth.
“And I found the same crap going on here as when I left so many years ago, only it’s getting worse,” stated Faye, “the racism, discrimination against women, homophobia… it’s all gotten worse.”
So she is doing something about all that.
MAMA’s Club is on the south end of Main Street in the neighborhood known as Porter’s Quarters, one of the pockets of poverty that remain neglected in this university-focused town. In 2007, Gainesville was ranked as one of the “best places to live and play” in the United States by National Geographic Adventure[ … and yet a decade later, in 2017, Porter’s Quarters and other majority-black neighborhoods remain underserved by city government.
“MAMA’s Club is now the ONLY black-owned business on Main Street,” Faye explained, “and we have had to fight the city every step of the way just to get started.”
MAMA stands for Music, Art, Movement, ACTION. MAMA’s Club offers evenings of live performances ranging from Faye’s beloved jazz to hip-hop, punk, and all musical genres (the Club served as one of the venues for the recent Gainesville Underground Theatre Festival) as well as comedy, poetry, and other spoken-word arts.
During the day Faye plans to offer dance classes, GED classes, chess classes… “Whatever the community tells me it needs,” Faye says.
August 16 will officially kick off regular Wednesday Grab ‘Da Mike nights. Karaoke singers and performers of all types are welcome, according to host Cheryl Floyd-Lucas, to come by and GRAB ‘DA MIKE!
Longtime readers will know that The Old Lady loves her some Dirty Bird!
Tonight at Red Door Records in Valdosta GA, Dirty Bird and the Flu celebrated the release of their new album, #suavetone, a compilation of rockin’ downhome bluesy tunes that had The Old Lady patting her feet and nodding her head.
“¡Sí, y son maravillosos!” exclaimed The Old Lady.
tHe FuNkY tAco, housed in the coolest airstream ever, feeds the masses every Saturday at the Boise Farmers Market (downtown Boise on Grove Street between 10th and 11th Streets).
The Old Lady chose the Chicken Thaico Taco and was presented with a plate of food so big she did not think she could eat it all and so delicious that she ate every bite anyway.
Sorry, no photo… did I just SAY she ate the whole thing???
The charming couple who make tHe FuNkY tAco happen use locally-sourced ingredients – hence the motto “From Farm to Taco” – and their own culinary creativity to offer a uniquely delicious taco experience. The menu changes constantly according to what local foods are in season. All tacos are prepared fresh when you order, so be prepared to wait patiently. These tacos are worth the wait!
If you can’t get to the Boise Farmers Market you can also find tHe FuNkY tAco at Boise’s annual Treefort Music Fest… and you can find BOTH on Facebook!“¡Conseguir su taco!” (loosely translated: Get your taco on!)
Boise, the capitol of Idaho, is a city that cares about all the things that make life worthwhile, and residents express that caring in their yard signs… even the ones that remind drivers to SLOW DOWN.One homeowner cared enough about this tree to memorialize the date of its planting.
But the yard sign seen in the most yards around Boise, and by far The Old Lady’s favorite, is this one:
The Old Lady stood beside her truck in a shady parking spot, munching a leftover rib from her cooler.
Then she saw her.
She seemed shy, almost afraid, but obviously very interested in The Old Lady’s food.
Maybe she was homeless, or maybe she actually lived in a nearby house and was well fed… The Old Lady didn’t ask.
When the partially-gnawed rib bone landed in the grass near her, Miss Kitty grabbed it and ran a safe distance away before settling down to gnaw off the remaining meat.
Did that story give you a warm fuzzy feeling?
Was it because the beggar was a cat?
“I hope,” mused The Old Lady, “that you remember that warm fuzzy feeling next time you are approached by a human being who asks and that you give that person something good to eat or at least some money so that they can buy what they need. It is not up to us to judge who deserves our help; it is up to us to provide some help when we are asked.”