Vanishing Memphis Landmarks

Three things that Memphis known for are being the home of Elvis Presley, being the city in which Martin Luther King, Jr died. and being one of the nation’s top three roughest cities.

Remembering from whence it came, Neighborhood Preservation, Inc. strives to reclaim Memphis’s world-changing heritage before it vanishes, one building at a time.

It is beginning with Clayborn Temple. Clayborn Temple is not only one of the oldest buildings in Memphis but it also carries the historical significance of being the gathering point of the last Civil Rights march Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ever led.


Beginning in February 1968, each day at noon, sanitation workers would gather at Clayborn Temple to march downtown in protest to working conditions and salaries.



Original stained glass window that graces the front of the church. 




It is during one of those marches to downtown Memphis,  Rev. James Lawson proclaimed, “For at the heart of racism is the idea that a man is not a man, that a person is not a person. You are human beings. You are men. You deserve dignity.”


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                  Gathering of sanitation workers and supporters outside of Clayborn Temple.                           Photo credit: Abandoned Southeast 



This banner which hangs from the balcony expresses the legacy of Clayborn Temple, to worship and to save 





Clayborn Temple is a piece of heritage that Memphis cannot allow to vanish.

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Look Up


These photos do not necessarily show what is happening above us, but when one happens to be in Texas during a streak of good weather with only clear blue skies to photograph, one must take inspiration to “look up” from a variety of sources.


Canopy at DFW Airport, Dallas



Founder’s Plaza, DFW, Grapvine, TX



Flags of Ft. Worth, Dallas, State of Texas, and the United States of America flown over Founder’s Plaza, Dallas Airport



Sweet Pear Fruit Slices, Hey, Sugar! Roanoke, TX

Whether following the lines of a canopy, pretending to fly, admiring patriotism, or getting your hopes up for something delicious, there is always a reason to look up!


Strawberry Moon and Summer Solstice

On June 20, 2016, something very historic happened. June’s full moon (dubbed the Strawberry Moon by the Algonquin tribe because it signaled when to harvest the wonderfully red, juicy fruit) appeared on the same day as summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

This hasn’t happened in over 70 years.

This will not happen again until 2094.

This most definitely was a once in a lifetime chance for both my kids and me, and we got to experience it together.

It started out hiding behind the clouds.

From time to time over the next 15 minutes the silvery devil would peek through.

The kids and their friends joined me on the curb. They will not experience this again until they are in their 80s and with their grandchildren.

And then there it was, big and beautiful and historic!

I love my life in Tennessee.

Making Laundry Detergent


Looks like it’s time to make more laundry detergent!

Preparation is a little time-consuming, but making my own laundry detergent saves me a ton of money.  The recipe for dry detergent that I use can be found on found on TipNut (#9).


Start with 8 cups grated bar soap. I typically use two bars Fels-Naptha for stain removal and one bar Ivory soap.


12 cups Borax 20 Mule Team, which comes out to be a little more than a one 4 lb box.


8 cups Washing Soda. Make sure you buy both Washing Soda and Baking Soda. There is a difference,  and yes, you need both.


8 cups Baking Soda. Again, make sure you buy both Washing Soda and Baking Soda.


One hefty size container to mix the ingredients and one hefty spoon to do the mixing.  I use a slotted spoon for easier mixing, and I mix and store in the same container. Less mess.

Adding one cup of each ingredient at a time, mix well to combine.


It looks so pretty in the glass container.


1/8th of a cup is all you need to do one load of laundry!

Needless to say, that huge container lasts me a very long time.  =)

Happy Laundry Day!!