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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

You don't have to be Roy Black or Gerry Spence, you just have to care: Barney for the defense, your Honor

Barney for the defense

Rafe Hollister (Jack Prince) sings Lonesome Road, Andy Griffith on guitar (1963)


A Mayberry State of Mind/AMSOM is the online chapter of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club





Not surprisingly, The Andy Griffith Show was my favorite TV show as a small kid growing-up in mid-1960's Memphis, which was far, far away from a Mayberry existence before we left in 1968 for South Florida, three months after the MLK assassination there, and the subsequent riots and curfews, which I still remember.

The Tennessee National Guard drove their Army tanks right past our apt. complex at night on their way downtown as everyone in our neighborhood, young and old, watched quietly from the sidewalk, utterly transfixed, almost breathless, unsure of what the next day would bring.

Dr. King Is Slain By Sniper headline in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, April 6, 1968

Dr. King Is Slain By Sniper headline in the Memphis Commercial Appeal,
April 6, 1968.

Because I was a very precocious kid and early reader, and was easily bored with kids books, just as
Andy Griffith's hugely-popular TV show helped instill in me a certain moral compass about the right way you treat people, The Memphis Commercial Appeal was the newspaper that helped me learn to read and make sense of the wider world beyond the Mississippi River's banks.


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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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