Camcorder, The Natchez Woman...


Today I finally bought the camcorder I have been contemplating for almost a year now:

Canon HF 10
I's alot like my little work camera (the Canon G9) allowing manual control in White Balance, Focus, Exposure, Aperture, Shutter Priority..and takes converter lenses, and lens adapters (like the Letus35)etc..

So excited about this.

Going through my Vimeo account today and remembered I had password protected the video from our Jan. 31, 2009 weekend trip to visit friends in Natchez..so I just took the password off (watch it below).

I came across a book from 1950 entitled The Natchez Woman by Alice Walworth Graham this week and had to have it out of pure curiosity. I opened it to the second page and found the second paragraph so eerily perfect:
The time before nineteen fourteen seems as set and changeless as a picture in a frame. It rolled slowly and evenly, I suppose because I was young, and when you're young time doesn't show itself quick and rushing as it does when you're older and you feel that it hurtles you along. My life followed a routine. I did the same things, saw the same people-I never thought they would change or grow older or move away or die. Our town seemed forever shut off in its groove of thinking and believing and living-a good deal different from the rest of the world. With its kinship to the rest of the South, of course. Yet it wasn't the South of New Orleans, or Charleston, it had its peculiar flavor. It was Natchez, and nothing else.

Lots of overly-shaky G9 video clips of mine and my daughter's...

Natchez Visit 01/09-02/09 from Amy Shutt on Vimeo.

**On the author Alice Walworth Graham:
Alice Walworth Graham was born February 24, 1905, in Natchez, Mississippi, to John Periander and Marian Alice (Lela) Gordon Walworth. She had two sisters, Mary and Madeleine, and a brother, Gordon. Madeline and Gordon both died of yellow fever before Alice was born. Her grandfather, Douglas Walworth, served as a major in the Confederate army and later became editor of the Natchez newspaper, The Natchez Democrat. His second wife, Jeanette Hadermann, was a journalist and novelist.

Alice graduated from Natchez High School and St. Joseph’s Convent. From 1922-1925, Graham attended Mississippi State College for Women and wrote for the school paper, The Spectator. She later attended a writing class by Robert Penn Warren at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. In 1936, she married Richard Norwood Graham, a civil engineer. They had one child, Richard Norwood, Jr, also known as Dick.

The Grahams lived in Natchez and New Orleans. From 1936-1939 and 1962 on, they resided at the Walworth family home near The Burn , a Greek revival mansion, on Union Street in Natchez, Miss. The Grahams lived in New Orleans from 1939-1962. Alice frequently visited her sister, Mary Walworth Whitaker, who lived in Baton Rouge, La. She gave several book reviews for the Baton Rouge Women’s Club there.

Graham was a member of several literary societies including the Authors’ League of America and the English-Speaking Society, and the National League of American Pen Women. She was also a member of the Natchez Historical Society and the Natchez Garden Club.

Graham died in 1994.

Special Collections
LSU Libraries
(Mss. 4295)


Saw the first Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male) of the season today in the yard.
I can't wait until April...

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