A Study In Black & White

August 21, 2014

My great-great-grandmother was able to come to the United States thanks to fashion.

She was a dress maker. And through her craft, she cobbled together enough money to bring herself and three young daughters to Boston after her husband died.

Even though they were poor and lived in Roxbury, the girls always looked stunning. 

What they wore, the dresses they made with their own hands, was an advertisement for their business.

I never knew why I cared so much about each outfit I put on. Or why my mother always dressed to the nines and pored over glossy fashion magazines to keep up on the latest trends.

Sometimes I felt ashamed that I cared about something many consider frivolous and vain.

But when I recently learned that it was because of fashion that my ancestors were able to come to America, a huge weight lifted from my shoulders. 

Fashion is in my blood. It's officially part of my DNA. And it's now a source of pride because the female line of my family fed their children by using their hands to turn fabric into art.

So when photographer Kevin Richards asked me to pose for his portrait series, I was flattered.

The series is shot in black and white film, showing different types of people, from different walks of life. 

I wanted my photo to capture my heritage.

My outfit wasn't expensive: $12 for the dress, $10 for the hat. But fashion doesn't have to cost a lot to scream "style."

So I dedicate this photo to my great-great-grandmother. Thank you, Mary McKinnon Gillis, for bringing your daughters to the U.S., and for passing on your passion for style.

I wear my red lipstick with pride.


Be Still

June 28, 2014

This morning I woke at first light. 
Couldn't wait to get out to the garden.

To me, mornings are the best time to garden.

There is a stillness, a quietness, that only morning owns.

As I walked out to the community garden, the dew clung to my flip-flopped feet,
making it slippery.

It was so early the garden gate was still chained shut, so I sat still and just took in the minutes.

Soon I noticed the hushed buzz of a honey bee on a white lily.

I watched, childlike, as it dilligently worked from one bloo...
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First Tomato Of 2014!

June 26, 2014

The day has finally come. My first vine ripened tomato of 2014 has arrived!

I walked out to the garden this morning to check on how all this rain is treating my plot, and sitting right there, waiting to greet me, was this big fat red beauty.

Honestly, it happened overnight.
When I checked my plot Monday this guy was only orange and still hanging on the vine.

But 12 hours later he was ripe red and sitting on the ground.

I picked him up, snipped a bit of basil, and headed back to the house.
Went over...

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Simple Pleasures

June 11, 2014

One of my favorite parts of being a member of the Rocky River Community Garden is the communal herb garden.

Volunteers plant the herb garden in early spring, and all the gardeners are welcome to take a sprig or two as needed through-out the growing season.

Today, my daughter and I grabbed a sprig of mint and a small stem of chamomile. 

We brought them home, washed the leaves, flower and stem and then poured a bit of boiling water over them.

Immediately the house filled with a sweet comforting sme...

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Sage Advice From A Twice Wed Bride

May 29, 2014

My first wedding was perfect. And a nightmare!
I was asked to guest blog about it for the marriage website www.LaughStaff.com.
Read why my perfect first wedding went horribly, horribly wrong.

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I Love To Garden Because I Love To Eat

May 3, 2014

There are few things more thrilling than growing your own food, harvesting it, and then eating it.

There is sweet reward in all that hard work.

Today, I made soup. My daughter and I headed off to the North Union Farmer's Market this morning and bought fresh Ohio-grown ramps and potatoes.

We brought them home and searched the internet for the perfect recipe.

I found an old Irish potato soup recipe and adapted it just a tad.

Used the potatoes and ramps from the market, then went outside to my herb g...

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Good News Gossip, April 11, 2014

April 18, 2014

The Westlake High School tennis teams put down their racquets and pick up Easter baskets for local foster kids. And for the second year in a row, a Lee Burneson seventh grader will represent Ohio at the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C. This and so much more in this week's Good News Gossip!
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Good News Gossip April 7, 2014

April 18, 2014

More proof spring is here! The Crocker Park Farmer's Market is about to head back outside! Get all the details in this week's Good News Gossip column! 
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Good News Gossip March 28, 2014

March 29, 2014

April is almost here! Time to get out of the house and enjoy spring. 
Read some fun suggestions in my latest Sun News column.

Read it here.  
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Good News Gossip Column: March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014

Hot off the press! My latest Good News Gossip column on Cleveland.com.
It will also be published in the West Shore Sun on Thursday, March 20.

Read it here.

Great gossiping with you!

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Blog photos and entries ¬©Katherine Boyd 2014


About Me

Katherine Boyd Ah, Cleveland. Wasn't born here, but I chose to move here and stay. For 15 years now, I've called Cleveland home. And every day I find some new yummy tidbit. Some hidden gem. Some reason to rave that Cleveland rocks.