The Devoted Classicist offers belated but sincere thanks to Helen Young of the Whitehaven blog, http://whitehaveninteriors.blogspot.com/ for recognition with the Stylish Blogger Award. Along with her business partner Jane Douglas Reynolds, Helen owns an Atlanta interior design firm called Whitehaven. Both live in a white clapboard house that was either renovated or built in the past few years, hence the name. My favorite feature of the blog is the House of the Week; every Monday, an interesting home, usually an Atlanta classic, is presented. Like all of my blog followers, with the exception of two, I have never met Helen or Jane Douglas. But it is fulfilling to have regular readers of the blog, people with similar interests, from around the world.
With the honor comes the request to provide personal facts that few people know. My second post covers a lot about my background that would possibly interest readers, but here is a bit more:
- A character on the long-running Soap "Guiding Light" was created, based on me and even given my name, to be the architect for a new house for the second-richest couple in fictional Springfield. Unfortunately for the actor cast in the role, it was only a two day job.
- My wonderful, found-long-abandoned-on-the-street, dog adopted an orphaned,sick, feral kitten with a broken leg and, literally, nursed her back to health. The dog produced milk for the cat. A veternarian taped the leg and it healed with no complications. Today, after a number of years, the dog and cat are still loving Mother and Daughter.
- A tree was planted and tagged in my name as thanks for my volunteer work in a conservation district to further education and appreciation of historic architecture. The location of the tree is significant, and on a particularly beautiful residential boulevard.
- I once had a brief conversation with a woman in an almost deserted, just open for the day, Nashville restaurant who looked very familiar but otherwise was a mystery. Her hair and dress were very conservative, but not unattractive. In fact, she was very beautiful in a quiet way, despite wearing almost no make-up. We exchanged pleasantries and as hard as I tried to hide it, she seemed to know that I was absolutely clueless to her identity. It was the next day before I realized I had a one-on-one with Dolly Parton.