Declaring What She Sees: Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman

Spoiler Alert – but this is good!!

A Peculiar Prophet

Jemson was Methodist of the whole cloth: he was notoriously short on theology and a mile long on good works. — Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman

One of the many strokes of genius of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird – our greatest American novel – is to make a child, Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, the narrator. We see the South, that is, 1930s Maycomb (Monroeville), Alabama, through a child’s penetrating stare. In Harper Lee’s much heralded and equally maligned second novel Go Set a Watchman, twenty-six-year-old Scout returns home from her sojourn in New York to visit her aging father, small town lawyer Atticus.

Many have condemned the publication of Go Set a Watchman as a brutal defamation of our beloved Atticus Finch or as an unedited, sloppy novel that detracts from the reputation of Harper Lee. While Go Set a Watchman lacks the literary perfection of her…

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I Want to Stay Soft

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Cotton Fields – Nov. 2013

In speaking of a man on the move, E.B. White says,

…he leaves something vital, it seems to me, and starts his new life, somewhat less encrusted, like a lobster that has shed its skin and is for a time soft and vulnerable.

I’d like to think I shed myself of few things when we moved and that in some ways I am softer. I don’t want to grow old and crusty again.

Target and Beyond

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Talk about Southern Hospitality! I experienced this first hand in Target, of all places. I’m used to Publix, my fav grocery store, being full of friendly and helpful employees. But Target? I had no less than six people ask me how I was doing and if I was finding everything okay. One young girl even came back a second time to check on me. But, it wasn’t just Target. When I entered Kohl’s I was greeted my three pleasant workers. And at Babies R Us – same thing.

It could just be that these particular stores had excellent managers and good training procedures. But, I never got this kind of service in Jacksonville, except, of course, at Publix. It sure makes transitioning easier!

The Egg & I

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4741 Chace Circle

Across from Plaza at Riverchase in Hoover

205-982-8477

M-F 6am-2pm

Sat-Sun. 7am-2:30pm

We ate here on our trip to Birmingham in early March and it was fantastic! I got the Strawberry Banana & Walnut Waffle – it was delicious! It is made with fresh strawberries, bananas and walnuts topped with powdered sugar and whipped cream. There is so much on the menu that I wanted to try, so I definitely plan to return as soon as possible. The service was good and the staff was friendly.

Other Plusses:

  • 10% Senior discount on food
  • 15% Military discount on food
  • Kids’ Menu
  • Free meeting room available

Next time I want to try: The Cambridge Skillet (Diced ham, bacon and hollandaise sauce on a bed of ranch potatoes with melted cheese and two eggs any style. Served with an English muffin.)

You can read more here: 

http://www.theeggandirestaurants.com/locations/hoover.html