Emphasis on the happy, damn it.
I have decided to declare independence from stereotype and negativity. Not denying that the Southern United States–my South–is at a strange, volatile tipping point right now, with black churches burning again, arguments about the Confederate flag going to far in either direction (erasing it from 1970’s tv like it never existed? Editing history is very unDollopy.)…
So I thought today I would celebrate and declare a brief independence from all of that, and celebrate my home, the first permanent settlement in these United States, Virginia. It’s a beautiful, quirky, goofy place (really!), and it deserves to be celebrated! Why?
We have an alternative history museum, where dinosaurs fought the Civil War. Yes, really. It’s badass. We are home to the first First Lady who dared to dance in public. (I was married at her plantation.) It can be really, really lovely here.
Note both our road and Mount Pleasant are obstructed from view. I love it. #snow #snowday #virginia #spring #2014 #amherstcounty A photo posted by Carla Hufstedler (@claradoxical) on
This is one of my favorite old homes in our entire area. I’m happy just knowing it’s there, like a sentinel out of a storybook. #architecture #virginia #lynchburg #history #boonsboro A photo posted by Carla Hufstedler (@claradoxical) on
We are one of the homes of Edgar Allan Poe.
A photo posted by Carla Hufstedler (@claradoxical) on
More later, with more of my own photography of Colonial Williamsburg, Appomattox (which we see as a place of healing, not as the South’s last hurrah/obscene gesture to the North), George Washington’s home, Norfolk, etc. And our beautiful mountains. How I love our mountains.
See, don’t you feel a little better already? Don’t read the news today. Find something awesome, something Dollopy, out about where you live, and dig on it.