Southern Squared’s Summer Reading List

School started this week in Georgia, and like quite a few students this year, this 42-year old is learning outside of the classroom from her home. Okay, so my reading assignments aren’t quite Catcher in the Rye, the Great Gatsby and Madame Bovary like in Mrs. Tomblin’ 10th grade American Literature or Mrs. Epperson’s AP…

Championing Juneteenth in Changing Times

I didn’t learn about Juneteenth in elementary school, middle school, high school, or college. It wasn’t taught in American history classes which included the Revolutionary War, the Louisiana Purchase, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Transcontinental Railroad, both World Wars, the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, and even the Cold War. Our textbooks didn’t include anything about…

Summer Streaming Series

Let me tell you from previous experience… having a few months off with no income (aka, unemployed) is NO FUN. But, I did get to catch up on tv shows that I always wanted to binge, but never had time (Golden Girls, Designing Women, The Wonder Years). I heard Scandal was leaving Netflix May 19,…

The 80s Movie Bracket

March is all about brackets, but for us, it was all about quarantine this year. I was looking forward to Atlanta hosting the Final Four this year, but instead, I enjoyed looking at all of the brackets our friends created. I saw brackets for candy, kids tv shows and board games, but what about movies?…

Quarantine Stream

UPDATE (4/29): Tonight, I watched The Namesake in honor of Irrfhan Khan, who passed away today at the age of 53 of cancer. Khan was a celebrated Indian actor, but I have only seen him in his English speaking parts, Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire and The Namesake. I wrote a little something about The…

Southern Squared Watches

Last week, I finally finished my marathon binge of Designing Women, and I thought, what should I watch next? I had a stack of DVDs, and some shows and movies to stream on various services. Friends have given lots of suggestions on social media, including Sex Education, Self Made, the Madam C.J. Walker Story, and…

Southern Squared Learns

While we are confined to our homes and practicing social distancing 6 feet away from each other, I hope everyone has taken time to learn something new between work assignments and home schooling their children. Most of the things I have been learning can be shared with children and can be a learning experience for…

Southern Squared Reads

Many of my friends and family know that I am a voracious reader. As a child, I could usually be found reading a book, even when it was bedtime, and I hid under the covers with a flashlight. No meal was complete without a book in front of my plate. No road trip could begin…

Atlanta’s turbulent relationship with historic preservation

If you’re from Atlanta, you’ve heard the jokes. Atlanta loves to tear down history and build new or just make everything parking. In 1959, Atlanta literally razed a 80 year old, 7 story building to build a parking deck which still stands today, 61 years later. The Kimball House was built in 1885 to replace…

I want to be Julia Sugarbaker when I grow up

My latest binge-fest has been Designing Women. I’m making my way through the 80’s – Golden Girls was last month’s infatuation. I never got to watch these shows when I was a kid because we were limited to one tv show per week, and we picked The Cosby Show. Needless to say, I just don’t…