"One of my sisters passed last year, and it hit us so hard. She was in Mississippi, on her way to the church where her son pastored, when the accident happened. It's been hard on all of us, but especially on my mom. It hurt so much to hear her in the house, just grieving over her baby every day and every night. The only way we've gotten through is by keeping busy, praying, and staying in the word of God."
Aserlean "Lynn" Dotson is the owner/proprietor of Lynn's Salon at 1119 Springdale St. 38108.
"I wish I could be off these streets and in my own place."
"When I ripped out the carpets in this house, it looked like a gallery, so that's what I turned it into, since there aren't many spaces in Memphis for young artists to show their work. The biggest area is what would typically be the living room, but instead of a couch and TV, I wanted it to really be a 'living' room. I wanted it to be about bringing life, about bringing people in and giving them a place."
Adam Farmer's Glitch gallery is located at 2180 Cowden in Midtown. Shows are held on the next to last Friday night of every month.
"I'm 8, about to be 9."
"What's the best thing about turning 9?"
"It's almost double digits! I can't wait to be in double digits!"
"I'm majoring in music at the University of Memphis. When I get out of class, I come downtown and play for a while to keep from doing homework. It soothes me."
"What do you care about most?"
"Continuing my life in Jesus Christ. God has been merciful to me."
"My dad and I were estranged when I was in my twenties. The rift was my fault. I eventually apologized for my part in it, and over a long period of time made the effort to reconnect with him. We've revisited the issue a couple of times to talk over what happened. I'm not really sure he ever understood, but you get to a point with your parents where you just accept what happened in the past, get over it, and move on. You forgive them for what they've done, probably because you realize you screwed up your own kids just as much, only in a different way. My dad and I have gotten to know each other as people, and we're close now. He's 81 years old. We can talk about anything, disagree, and say to each other, 'I'll think about that.' We talk at least a couple of times a week. When I go see him, we play a lot of Scrabble. He has the board ready before I get up, and we play until we go to bed. Once we did that for 5 straight days. I think it was 5 days, but I lost count at some point."
"What advice would you want to pass on to the next generation?"
"I would tell young people, 'Take advantage of every privilege offered by residing in this country, but realize that every privilege comes with a responsibility.'"
"My son’s Kindergarten teacher is one of those people who was born to do what she's doing. She knows how to keep the students under control and help them enjoy learning at the same time. She’s a magical combination. And there are a lot of teachers out there like her. We had thought at first that we would try to send our children to private schools, but we looked into it and discovered that our neighborhood school was offering an excellent program. We enrolled our children there and have been very pleased. That's why I started the Memphis School Guide: to help other parents navigate their choices and find a school that's a good fit for their child and for their family. I've worked closely with all sorts of schools---public, private, and charter---and have put together a great deal of information on what is offered in Memphis. We'll be at the Charter School Enrollment Fair at the Fairgrounds (Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 10 am - 2 pm) and will be available to assist parents with their school selections."
Ginger Spickler's new website, Memphis School Guide, is designed to help parents navigate the often daunting task of choosing a quality school that is a good fit for their child. She is familiar with the city's educational landscape (public, private, and charter) and values parents' input on the schools their children attend. Her own two children attend Shelby County Schools.
"I have two dogs and a cat. When I wake up in the morning snuggled up with all my babies with the sun coming in the window, it's good. It's one of the few things that brings me hope and peace right now. I try to be grateful for the blessings I have and let them take the weight of the hardships and struggles."