From the category archives:

Photography

I found these photos in boxes and books sent me by my father and his sisters. Here are two stunning, if not haunting pictures of my Great Grandfather E. B. Bourland (top), and my Grandfather, Roger Bourland, Sr. (bottom photo) as children. (Although I cannot verify this is E.B., it was among the other photos […]

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My paternal grandfather, Roger, Sr. was in a combo that played for silent films called “Slim Bourland and the Jazz Hounds.” My father’s sister, Sally, just sent me an old family photo album and I found a picture of him playing the piano. Like me, he learned to play by ear. This picture isn’t of […]

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Fun in Hawaii

September 8, 2010

We are enjoying the last few days of a well-deserved vacation in Hawaii. This time, we are staying on the big island, near the old Parker Ranch–which is ranch country. Much drier and cooler than the more plush parts of the island. Sadly, this area is undergoing a horrible drought. It breaks our hearts to […]

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Study in yellow

July 29, 2010

STUDY IN YELLOW Giacometti Looking at the Dirty yellow Rubber ball on the Round brass Table with the Dying yellow Roses in a Square yellow Box. Photo by Roger Bourland

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My grandmother, Nancy Arnold Rhodes, gave me this photo album when she moved out of her home. It was originally given to her by her mother’s mother as a Christmas present in 1905, which is odd in that Nancy would have only been 3 years old. Perhaps it was an heirloom type present given to […]

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As the son who was gay and didn’t have kids to raise, I’m making some of my familial contributions by tending to our family tree. It’s not that I’m desperate to make new friends or make contact with lost relatives, I just find it a satisfying hobby. As in my previous post, I’ve assembled a […]

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One of my four Great-Grandfathers was Ernest Bobbitt Bourland (1875-1949). E.B. was a minister from various cities around Lexington, Kentucky. He and his wife had one child: my father’s father. My parents recently gave me this book and I decided to scan it and make it available. The music is from my FOUR PAINTERS: Thomas […]

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Uzesian cuisine

November 10, 2009

Mmm, I’m having a summer flashback. In our trip to southern France, we ate at home several times. One of the highlights of those meals was Jenny and Daniel searing a demi-lobe of foie gras, with salad, a lovely Gigondas wine, stinky cheese, French bread, and ham. That was lunch. Jenny was perpetually photogenic as […]

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Yahara River Valley Boys

January 28, 2009

OMG! Greg Brown (the fiddle player in this photo) just sent me this picture. It is the Yahara River Valley Boys, a bluegrass group I played with from 1972-4 in Madison Wisconsin. The photo looks vaguely like the Flying Burrito Brothers. Are these wholesome lads or what? L-R: Roger Bourland, Ed Fyffe, Jamie Shelton, and […]

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Winter pic

January 4, 2009

We spent a week in North Andover, MA last week. The day before we left we got socked by a big snow storm. As the snow began falling, I raced out and snapped this Christmas card picture of the back yard. The beauty of the snow was beautiful. I don’t miss the 2 degree weather.

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