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A trip to Cincinnati in February of 1988 has absolutely nothing to do with gardening, but I like the photos, and here they are.  I went with significant other, Chris, to see his best friend’s new “Hillbilly Gothic” play:  Clear Liquor and Coal Black Nights by Thom Atkinson.

streetcorner

street corner

tower

tower

window

window

entrance

entrance

house

house

house (again)

house (again)

Bay Horse Cafe

Bay Horse Cafe

Skyline Chili

Skyline Chili

Gumbo's Cafe

Gumbo’s Cafe

Chili is a big deal in Cincinnati.  Chris, back in Seattle, had made me Cincinnati chili which is pasta and chili with chocolate and cinnamon in it.  We had some at Skyline Chili and it was amazing.

As we went on a drive around town, I saw this and took what is one of my favourite photos ever:

Mary Told Me

Mary Told Me

“Mary told me They Pushed Me.  Mary did not destroy herself.  Law did nothing about what they did.  Taken to river Pushed in.  3/28/81”

Postscript:   Chris, the friend with whom I went to Cincy has become a well-reviewed mystery writer, well worth reading.

me

me in Cincy 88

We went into an old, old bookstore called something like “Aisles of Books”.  I discovered a shelf of interesting looking books by an author named E.M. Delafield (1890-1943).  I bought several, and wish I had bought all because I loved them.  She’s most famous for her Provincial Lady series but I think all of her novels are wonderful insights into human nature.  One of them dealt painfully with how a young woman’s reputation could be destroyed by a simple kiss at a party.  Another with the fast pace hectic nature of “modern life” of her time.  I have read more of them through interlibrary loan and this memory has inspired me to search for the ones I have not read:  Challenge to Clarissa, Nothing is Safe, and No One Will Know.

wedding

wedding bouquet from my spring garden

(As for Chris: Reader, I married him, and if we had been wiser it probably would have worked out.)

Years later when organizing my photos in 2010, my now-spouse Allan reminded me that not only had he attended our wedding but he had taken the photo below.

wedding

our wedding at the Two Bells Tavern with Wilum as my matron of honour.

 

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