Returning from the mountains after Thanksgiving with family, I could hardly wait for daughter Claire to turn on my street knowing my neighbors on either side would have finished their Christmas decorating. Absolutely beautiful, AGAIN! My autumn wreath still on the door looked finished for the season. The cull-de-sac street is short, no traffic, tucked … Continue reading The Christmas Lights of Rocky Mount Are Turning On
Stepheny's Danish Pine Wardrobe I have a beautiful Danish pine wardrobe that has been converted to hold a TV behind its simple doors. I wonder from time to time whose clothes it held before turning up in an antique shop in Chicago. “Do you know the C.S. Lewis’ book, The Lion, The Witch, and the … Continue reading Rocky Mount, NC: A Version of C.S. Lewis – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
TALKING MAIN STREET WITH STEPHENY CLICK ON: https://anchor.fm/stepheny-houghtlin If you live in Rocky Mount NC or care about preservation, want to stay caught up with Main Street success stories, you'll want to listen to Stepheny's take on things. This latest podcast links Charing Cross Road in London with the revitalization of Main Street and beyond. … Continue reading Wednesday – Podcast Day – Storytelling, Preservation, Restoration, Repurposing – City Council – Main Street and Beyond
The end of this lovely afternoon gave us a full moon. I stood looking up and could hear Tony Bennett and KJ Lang singing a duet: It Must Have Been Moon-Glow. (Click on link) With small screens propped below partially opened windows, I could hear the birds in full chorus. I didn't venture out until … Continue reading It Must Have Been Moon-glow
The backstory to this post is The Robert E. Lee Monument; the historic statue dedicated to Confederate General Robert E. Lee by noted American sculptor Alexander Doyle. It was removed (intact) by official order and moved to an unknown location on May 19, 2017. The monument was listed on the National Register of Historic Places … Continue reading Another Reason To Save Rocky Mount’s Boarded Homes
I found a quote of Alfred Lord Tennyson that I used on the Main Street Facebook page, "Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier." The word threshold holds a deeper meaning after I … Continue reading Pausing at the Threshold of a New Year: A Reflection From Stepheny’s Bench On Main Street