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About the Author.
In his seafaring days.
PAUL HAMPTON CROCKETT is an artist and attorney (you figure it out!) living in his crazed but wonderful hometown of Miami, FL. He practices with The Crockett Law Firm there, focusing on probate and estate planning, as well as the representation of the legal rights of sexual minorities and the growing number of people affected by HIV. He has been HIV-positive for at least double as many years as he has fingers, and remains active in community-based organizations, public education, and advocacy as he is able.
He has also had published numerous newspaper and magazine columns dealing with the legal concerns of sexual minorities and people with HIV, articles for the Florida Bar, and self-published, along with his late companion Scott Gillen, Gay Law 101, a book on the subject of gay and lesbian legal rights. His second book, HIV Law: A Survival Guide to the Legal System for People Living with HIV, was published by Random House in 1997 and widely acclaimed.
Crockett’s journey as an always-learning, self-taught artist was fueled into fully inspired madness following his HIV diagnosis. Something about having a “fatal disease” wiped away all obstacles to an innate need, always carried within, to make as huge a mess as possible, with color. His work has remained driven by that sense of urgency and a hunger to see and express, given fresh impetus from time to time by the reliable occasional trauma. The paintings have been well-loved, locally and beyond, and the general consensus is that they appear to be art. Some of his work is occasionally showcased right here!
His partner in life is the famed brilliant eccentric, Alan Langdon. They live with their wondrous cat Hoppers and (from time to time) numerous guests from around the world in their extraordinarily green little Havana compound, viewable at http://lostreefcottage.net/ and http://www.welcometothemission.net/ They often feel fortunate to have found one another, and to call home such a rare and beautiful slice of the only planet they (despite some conversation to the contrary) have ever seriously considered living upon.
He has also posted online several chapters from his book chronicling his own personal experience of the immediacy of the angels and love after death, titled Death is an Impostor. They can be read at http://deathisanimpostor.com
He wishes to express his profound gratitude for the constant love and support of his family through the sweet and the unthinkable, is more proud than he can say of his 5 nephews and most singular niece, and the friendships that are his treasure.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, usually!
Thank you for stopping by.
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Author Archives: PHC
I RECENTLY chanced upon the photograph above, in a 1922 book called The Anthropology of Florida, published by the State’s Historical Association. It was one of a few gems within the book that were all the more delightful … Continue reading
CONSIDER the view toward Key Biscayne as, say, my 11 year-old Dad once knew it, and day before yesterday. In 1941, there was no bridge, and foot or bike would take you only as far as the seawall. Thereafter, … Continue reading
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HERE is an apparently (quite skillfully) hand-colored vintage image, undated, of the mouth of the Miami River. It is amazing! The view is facing south, toward Brickell Point, and (further) Coconut Grove. There is plenty of room to imagine. … Continue reading
THERE is magic in the moonlight, and always has been. It quite possibly exists only in the fleeting moment, yet abides outside of time. One night about 10 years ago, the moon hung so full, yellow, and close to … Continue reading
My Mom Because they choose the hardest and most blessed of paths. They choose us Because they give up so very much, in so many ways, to set upon that path, Yet see our births much more as … Continue reading
I LOVE the experience of painting at night, in so many ways. I learned some time ago that the real thrill of creating with colors, and textures, the true treasure of the experience, that almost always unexpected, “Oh, WOW!” … Continue reading
I wanted to share a family photograph, taken (probably) in 1915, in West Palm Beach, so we might say a quick “Hello” to my paternal grandmother, Annelise Petersen. She’s the little girl to the right of her Mother Mathilde, … Continue reading
"’Where Humans are Caged and Monkeys Run Wild!’” My Aunt Bettina Lives Dangerously, Takes Job at Monkey Jungle, 1950’s
Dateline: Money Jungle!, 1950’s “Paul’s Safari Into Miami’s History” My Aunt Bettina McMakin Erdman was a lovely and unusual personality, and the first-born of my father’s family. After her passing last year, her son (my cousin) Patrick McMakin bestowed upon … Continue reading