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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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This was years before even John Collins’ wooden bridge connected the sandbar to the mainland.
Palm Song Nocturne, Detail P. Crockett The curious will never be able to understand the first thing about Miami (if indeed the place may be truly understood, at all) until they realize that the relevant focus has never been … Continue reading
“The Lucerne: Mid-Century Satanic,” late 1950’s It is generally agreed that this distinctive example of the rare and diabolical sub-genre was situated at 4101 Collins Avenue in fabulous Miami Beach, but a lingering sense of confusion prevails about what might … Continue reading
It was an impulse to share the earliest photograph of Coral Way Elementary School that I’ve yet come across, that prompted me to write this post. Here it is. Of course, I wound up getting carried away as usual, … Continue reading
What becomes of a grove of hardy mangoes when the trees, not knowing any different, keep on bearing fine fruit even many years after they have outlived those who first planted, nourished, and tended them? It changes a little … Continue reading
Dateline: South Miami Beach, 1930. “Paul’s Safari Into Miami History” ______________________ The Miami Beach Kennel Club and its Environs,” 1930. It fronted Ocean Drive, at First Street. From 1926 until its final demise in 1980, the Miami Beach Kennel … Continue reading
One interesting aspect of this image is its caption, An Ocean Drive. It suggests the origin of its present name, and how it came to be. Unlike many of the newer roads laid down in such a hurry in … Continue reading
Sheeps Meadow (Central Park) P. Crockett NEW YORK CITY is a national treasure in so many ways. It is where the dreamers and visionaries, the immigrants from the world over, and everybody else are drawn, and always have been. My … Continue reading
On the Great Storm of 1926, the Enduring Power of Opera, and One Italian News Report of the Event, Act I.
As unforgettable as our experiences of hurricanes may be, the newspaper reports always to follow seem somehow “flat” and (despite the pure power of the event) heavily formulaic. Such accounts reliably blend the following ingredients together into one great … Continue reading