Hoppin’ New Year

Black-eyed peas and collard greens have always been a staple in our household, and my mom being a true southerner served them throughout the year…… especially on New Year’s Day. The custom of serving the peas and greens on the first day of the year stems from the belief they will bring good luck to whoever eats them. There are many recipes for cooking these beans, more popularly known as “Hoppin’ John”. My aunts and uncles each had their own style of preparing the dish.

My Aunt Glenn and my mother both would have the pots on the stove early on New Year’s Day as the meal must be eaten before midnight. Their menu was simple: black-eyed peas, ham-hocks, smoked neck-bones with ribs as a side dish and rice.

The stories and theories as to the origins of this meal is something I’m still researching and hope to share next year. But in the meantime, stay safe and have a most prosperous New Year!!!


Retrospective in Minimalism

It was an experience to be first in line at the Museum of Modern Art [MoMA] Saturday before last to see exhibitions and having the museum to ourselves. Many in line were members who had not been in a gallery for months and couldn’t wait to see art.

The Judd Retrospective explored the remarkable vision of the artist who expressed a commitment to basic forms free of metaphorical or expressive intent …. Minimalism at its finest!!!

Untitled 1963, Red paint on aluminum and Untitled 1966, Turquoise paint on aluminum

Untitled 1965, Galvanized iron

This is the artist first “stack” format consisting of boxes hung vertically along the wall.


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