Category Archives: Events

A Man Said to the Universe

When I was in the 11th grade, I read a poem in my English class that has always stayed with me – Stephen Crane’s “A Man Said the Universe.”  The poem has stayed with me because of its simplicity in stressing how there is more to the world than us and we are only a small part of what happens in this world.

Today, I was able to experience the total solar eclipse here in Nashville and that experience was the perfect manifestation of the poem for me!  The phenomenon of what happened with the interplay between the moon and the sun gives such an incredible appreciation for nature and the universe.

Kaleya and I went to Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage to view it with friends and it was amazing! I did not get good pictures, but viewing the corona was so cool, I saw Baily beads, and the diamond ring as the moon receded was spectacular!

Before the day, I learned of a coloring page for the eclipse from Skip to My Lou.  I totally got my inner child on and colored it to document the experience. I don’t color often, but it was fun to do to pass time as we waited.

Had such a great time! Now I’m ready to plan my travel for the next one in 2024; I’m not as fortunate to have it happen in the city where I live 🙂

Could I Be Any Happier?!!!

This weekend, we went to Lexington ComicCon and I could not have been happier? Why? Becuase I was able to meet Lee Majors and get his signature! This was exciting for me because my name came from an episode of the Six Million Dollar Man.  In the episode “Taneha” he chased a wild cougar (the namesake) and my mother saw this episode shortly before I was born. She like the name, and chose it for me (though misremembering the exact spelling). I was able to tell Lee about my story and he told me I had a nice name 🙂 total fangirl moment! This is one picture that I am definitely printing out!

In addition to this, Kaleya was able to meet the author of My Little Pony (MLP), Christina Rice. Kaleya is a big fan of MLP.  I’ve watched several episodes with her and find it absolutely charming. Kaleya told me I’m like the pony Twilight because Twilight likes to read, does family history, is organized, and loves the color purple. Check, check, check, and check!  Christina is a librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library and was very sweet and kind to talk to. She signed an MLP book for Kaleya too.

Kalonji was eager to meet Brian O’Hallaran and Marilyn Ghigliotti – stars of Kevin Smith’s movie Clerks. Kalonji loves their roles in the movie and Brian’s character Dante’s signature line “I’m not even supposed to be here today.”  They were very personable and even took a joint picture with Kalonji. My personal favorite movie of Kevin Smith’s is Dogma so I’d love to meet Kevin himself one day.

On top of this, there we so many great cosplayers! We took many pictures. We also joined friends there for the day so that made it even more enjoyable.

StayPuft and a Ghostbuster

Kalonji and Rocky Doll – a well-known cosplayer
Red Queen and the Mad Hatter
I was all about the Jack Sparrow cosplay!

We took many more pictures than I can put here so you can see them online in our photo album.  This was by far the largest comic convention we’ve been to and it was so cool! Next year, I want to dress up. I need to start working on plans now…

Black History Month Program

Friday night, we attended a Black History Month program at Masjid Al-Islam and it was great!  The program included short talks by several members in the community, including Thaxton Abshalom Watersan artist who’s recently opened an Art Lifestyle Lounge & Gallery, and Edward Kendall – a local lawyer and long-term school board member who’s written a book about historic Jefferson Street.

I wish the pictures I took came out better, but here is a group photo of all the speakers and several people officially recognized during the program.

Kaleya and her classmates put on a play based on the life of Malcolm X.  Kaleya had two roles – one as “Shorty” and one as Narrator at the end of the play. We are so proud of her and all her school mates.  🙂

 

Celebrating a Birthday

Yesterday, Kaleya and Q and I took a trip over to Fannie Mae Dees Park (aka Dragon Park b/c there is a big dragon sculpture on the playground to play on) to celebrate the 7th birthday of a family friend. We are a single car family and since Kalonji had to report for reserve duty this weekend, we took the bus. I had not realized it, but this was Kaleya’s first time riding the bus – she was so excited about it!  We had a fun day!

the bday girl opens presents
lining up at for the egg race
the finish line is ready for them
the bday celebration crew
Q in the mouth of the dragon sculpture
Kaleya in the mouth of the dragon
more play on the dragon sculpture
I also captured a video of Q rolling down a hill – loved hearing his giggle as he came down. 🙂

A Childhood Dream Realized

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is one of my favorite rap groups. When Thugggish Ruggish Bone came out, I bought the EP and listened to that song over and over and over again in my college dorm room for 3 hours straight. Good times 🙂  Along the way in my fandom, I passed the love onto my sister and she too is an avid Bone fan. Last night, she was able to go see two of the members, Krayzie & Wish, perform in downtown Nashville at 12th & Porter.  Kelli was SO excited and had a great time!

Krazyie, Kelli & Wish
BTNH T-Shirt w/ Krazyie & Wish signatures

To hear Kelli tell it, it was great music and great fun! I sent a Tweet to Krayzie to let him know she’d enjoyed it, and then Krazyie tweeted me back! How cool is that???

and he tweeted me back 🙂

Maybe next time they come through I’ll be able to go. 🙂