About a decade ago I had a brother in-law that lived in Franklin County and at the Quik Mart near him sold these cool Glo-in the dark t-shirts. Back then I was pretty much Joe 6-pack so I had really no interest in any other new drinking hobbies, so I never tried the stuff. Last New Years I quit drinking altogether so this post is my dry toast to all my fond memories of drinking beer and to wish all my friends that are still in the saddle to be safe this Blue Moon New Years.
A still on Shooting Creek Franklin County, in 1915.
Despite popular perceptions, moonsiners’ customers were usually not heavy drinkers. As Horace Kephart wrote in Our Southern Highlanders (1913). “In drinking as in everything else, this is the Land of Do Without.” Moreover, although alcohol- induced violence regularly occurred, “comparatively few highlanders see liquor oftener than once or twice a month.” In fact, “lumberjacks and townspeople” bought most of the output as they could “pay the price.”
“The photograph Mujer Ángel [Angel Woman] was taken in the Sonoran desert; she is a Seri Indian. I called it Mujer Ángel because in some way it represents the change that this community had. Until 80 years ago they were nomads and abruptly entered into the capitalist system of the US. They trade their folk art for electronic equipment like radios, videos, etc., and the use of this equipment within their culture is very interesting to me.
The photo Mujer Ángel was taken casually and when I saw the contact sheets I didn’t remember the moment in which I taken the photo. In this case, I feel that it is an image that the desert gave to me.
There are images in the history of photography as much as in the history of painting that one can’t forget. For example, I will never forget the Madonna del parto by Piero della Francesca nor La Piedad by Eugene Smith. What has intensity is what reaches and stays with us.”
“WPIX, Channel 11 in New York, began the tradition of a televised Yule Log back in 1966. Fred Thrower, the station’s general manager at the time, had a real flair for Christmas. Fireplaces, a symbol of warmth and holiday cheer, were hard to come by in the city. Since NYC was crowded with apartments, he thought about the many people who wouldn’t be able to cherish the joyful experience that a Christmas fireplace brings.”
As the Dsrriber blog tells it, the winter solstice has been marked since the pre-Christian days about 4,500 years ago. The word “solstice” comes from the Latin “sun stands still,” and the rock monument Stonehenge is believed to be one of the ancient sites for the winter ritual. The Guardian reports that archeologists have dug up what looks like the remains of a really big barbeque that could have been a winter solstice fete, shedding more light on the purpose of the mysterious stone structure. But as National Geographic points out, celebrations of the solstice soon got switched out for Christmas, once the Christian religion spread to the West.