I’m the living poet on this program…thanks to the Greenville Jazz Collective for inviting me!
In celebration of Poetry Month I’ve been invited by the Greenville Library and the Greenville Jazz Collective to combine my poetic lines and rhymes with the musical lines and rhythms of Shannon Hoover on bass and Matt Dingledine on guitar.
We’ll be having all this fun on:
Thursday April 18 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Five Forks branch in Simpsonville.
Greenville County Library – Five Forks
104 Sunnydale Dr, Simpsonville, SC 29681, United States
I’ll be heading down to the jam session tonight at Chicora Alley to dip my toes in the flow of music and work out some of my kinks…
Tony Mims speaks at the unveiling of the Little Texas historical marker at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville SC during the Little Texas Reunion on August 12, 2017.
by Tony Mims
If you don’t honor your history,
you won’t respect your future.
If you only live in the now
you can get lost in the many illusions
that will only feed the pitfalls
of your own personal confusion.
That’s why the memories of your home
should be a force of the positive and the strong.
It’s the roots of positive experience of growing up
that help your vision stay focused on what is real
and gives you solid meaning to how you should feel
in a world that sometimes gives life very little meaning.
The history of Little Texas goes way back.
About twenty years after they had to let the slaves free
this black downtown neighborhood
was Greenville’s first black working class community. Continue reading
and we see her divided the same way.
She pulls night from our day and plays with our emotions
shining reflected rays on our slumbering notions.
There is a spring bubbling up in the privacy of a wooded area on our property. Except for a path through the woods that makes it possible to walk all the way around the pond created by the spring, we leave the woods to be wild. Sometimes we find evidence of creatures who likely come there to drink.
Last July I was walking on the path back there and saw a flower, two of them, that I had never seen before. They were blooming in the shade among the ferns, and prickly vines that made it hard for me to get close. I took some pictures with my phone, and when I went back there about a week later, the flowers were gone.
They were fleeting and beautiful, and now in the middle of winter, sitting by the fireplace, I’m wondering if I will see them again next July. I will certainly be looking for them.
In the meantime, I am going to try to find out what flower it is. I’m thinking that someone at Clemson might be able to help me, or if I’m lucky, someone will see the picture and just tell me what it is. While you’re at it, you could tell me what kind of forest mushroom this is…
Gardening and writing a novel go hand in hand, each providing me with relief from the other. The novel isn’t ready to share yet, but in the spirit of sharing the pleasure of flowers, here are some pictures from my spring garden…
When I drive around Greenville, I love to listen to WPCI Radio, 1490 AM, because there is continuously great music, a great variety of music, and no commercials. What more could you ask for? Unfortunately, for the last week, I’ve gotten nothing but static. Hoping that this wasn’t permanent, I sent an e-mail to Randy Mathena, the generous spirit who hosts the radio station, to ask him what was going on.
Unfortunately for him, the cold weather has taken a toll on his transmitter, but the station should be heard on the airwaves again next week. In the meantime, you can search for WPCI at tunein.com, and listen to it on your computer or smartphone. He told me that he hooks up his smartphone in his car to listen because of the “CD quality sound.”
I just listen the old fashioned way, so I’m looking forward to when he gets that transmitter working again, and I’m sending my appreciative thoughts in his direction. So, happy listening! And, if you appreciate the station as much as I do, then don’t be shy about it. Spread the love around!