The Stuff We Wrote for

Here’s the stuff we wrote about in our last incarnation. Some of the stuff is still valid. Some of it – not so much…

So Long, Bele Chere…

Some folks are lamenting the loss of Bele Chere as the loss of something that is Asheville. I see it this way: Asheville is better than Bele Chere every damned day of the year. Bele Chere had a way of condensing a few of the good parts of Asheville along with a lot of the […]

New Launch for New Life…

We were approached by New Life, Inc. of Asheville to build a website for their recovery programs. New Life operates a group of homes that promote sober living through 12 step programs, healthy community and personalized recovery programs. We’re happy to help out by building a good looking and easily updatable website. Built using WordPress […]

Colors. Oh, the Colors.

Color is such a broad and difficult story – because everyone sees and “feels” color differently. There are some constants, but the only real constant with color is that it’s totally inconsistent, because people are pretty inconsistent. The way people interact with or react to color is reasonably predictable – it’s why pink walls in […]

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My maternal grandfather, otherwise known as Pawpaw or GP, ran a couple of truck stops, "Southland," in Columbia and Santee, SC in the 50's until the 80's. While cleaning out, I ran across the very few things that I have that were his. These were the stamps for the freezer paper that he used to wrap the meat and such, prior to freezing and cooking and serving. He took pride that he was a butcher, and that his restaurants served only the best meats. I remember the smell of the fat and bone meal that he'd scrape out of the band saws and flick on the floor to the terriers that he raised in his "spare time." Salty, unctuous, gross - but I can still smell it on these stamps. It's faded - but it's still here. Pawpaw has faded, but he's still here. Memories don't go anywhere. They never, ever leave. Soon, that's all any of us will have left. That makes them the most important things we can hold on to. Not the stamps, not even the images - but the memories. Mementos are great, but they can be a burden. They can be heavy. They can take up too much space. But memories are free, and they're huge and they can take up as much space as we want - or need - them to. So, I'm getting rid of 1 square foot of the physical and embracing an endless sea of memory of my grandfather. He was a good, short and fat man. He told jokes and gave me sips of beer on the sly. He loved us, and he loved us well.

Today, as my son turns four, I see Pawpaw in him. In his eyes, in his crooked smile, in his round face. Pawpaw and Southland will live on, even if in a tiny way, in my sons and daughters - and in me. And I know that the memories of country ham fat, the smell of the butchering shed, the flavor of the burgers cooked on the giant grill, will live on in perpetuity - long after the stamps are gone, long after I'm gone, long after we're all gone. There are memories in star dust, and one day, our memories will reach the shores of planets not yet born.
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