the pointy kind of good luck

The women on my mom’s side of the family are, at the beach, inveterate shell collectors. As soon as I was old enough to tell the difference between the shells, I learned to pick up the unusual, the beautiful, the ugly. Above (top) is my haul from this week at Holden Beach. It’s the best…

a photo series, abandoned beach style

If I was giving a pretentious interview to a pretentious arts journal, I would say, of these shots, “I’m just really into chairs right now.”

you can’t not be on a boat

ROSENCRANTZ: I’ve frequently not been on boats. GUILDENSTERN: No, what you’ve been is not on boats. — Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

life list: 100 foods in 100 counties

This mini-roadtrip with Mama had three purposes: look at art on barns; hang out with Mama; and eat at a few more places on the Our State list of 100 things in eat in North Carolina’s 100 counties. We hit three in two days, and they were all interesting. From top to bottom, the Hot…

cameron, nc: painted barns

On a tiny roadtrip with the Maternal Unit, we stopped in Cameron, NC (a small town between Sanford and Southern Pines) to check out the crazy painted barns in the area; they were originally commissioned by David Ellis, a Cameron native and artist who brought street artists from New York and Japan to his hometown…