“Life is short. We do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel the way with us.
So, be quick to love; make haste to be kind.” ~ Henri Amiel
Uncle Greg walked on this evening. I’m blessed, as is the family, to have spent such a good time with him at Charlene and Tony’s wedding two months ago (pictured here after he gave her away). He was always, always, always kind to me, even more so in the last decade or so, and I will deeply miss his jolly soul.
“Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home…
it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.” ~ Chuck Palahniu
Pam and Barb are in town for Scarefest. They brought friends and family, and they’re taking me along, too. I’ve never experienced Scarefest before, or anything else like it (such as Comicon). I got a great deal of entertainment from folks crossing the street as ghostbusters, and the man with the steampunk top hat was cool. We attended a Q&A with Amy Allen from The Dead Files. She’s pretty funny, and I learned a few new terms. My favorite part of all was spending time with the Oklahoma delegates. They’re just what the doctor ordered.
“To be kind is more important than to be right.
Many times people need not a brilliant mind that speaks but a patient heart that listens.”
Little did we know that we were warming up for the Mary Chapin Carpenter finale. I wonder how many shots like this I’ve taken of Crystal over the years? More than I remember, that’s for sure. I trust there will be many more to come.
“Don’t let the stuff of life obscure the radiant light that shines from within you.” ~ Terry A. Gordon
Rebecca Campbell is one of the most gifted artists I know. She makes exquisite dolls and assorted figures in a really unique, soft, inviting style. Over the years, you’ve seen me stalk her husband, David, with my camera, but he was ill during the Sorghum Festival. That meant poor Becs caught the lens. She said, “I thought it was some hunched over old woman sneaking up on me.” “It was!” I replied. Thanks for playing, Rebecca. You’re always a joy to run into.
“Act in an uplifting manner, and the Law of Life will never repay you in a negative way.”
~ Harold Klemp
My cousin Missy, Aunt Lois, and I went to the Sorghum Festival last Saturday for about five minutes. It was longer than that really, but we were on a mission separate from the festival, so our time was limited. I kept trying to catch Missy walking behind me, but despite some funny shots, I just wasn’t satisfied. I thought I’d catch her in a selfie, and I did, but not like I expected. Did I mention that Missy is the queen of the photo bomb?
“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” ~ Stephen Covey
Last week was insanely busy and I nearly missed seeing Kiya as a result. But Stacy and I managed to find fifteen minutes, give or take, to drop in on her and violinist Sarah Stollak at Common Grounds. I’m so glad I did. Sarah is a wonderful addition to the sound, and she’s hilarious: a personal favorite trait. It was my first time seeing Kiya in person with her new do, too. She continues to look much younger than she is, and I continue trying not to hate her for it (kidding, of course – I could never hate her). She played several new songs, and as usual, they are sublimely beautiful. It did my heart so good to spend a few minutes with her. I sure needed it. Hopefully, it did her some good, too. Better living through music.
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ~ Ayn Rand
The sky was gorgeous last night. The sky was beautiful today. The sky was beautiful tonight. I am completely exhausted. Goodnight, Moon. Goodnight, Venus, small dot in the dirty orange light. Such beauty.
“Take some time to hear the heartbeats around you. Ground. Be happy.
Enjoy yourselves and be kind to each other.” ~ Bree Chapman
The last time I was at Equus Run I saw Mary Chapin Carpenter. That was many years ago. The next time I was at Equus Run, guess what? I saw Mary Chapin Carpenter! And this time, she saw me, too. She looked right at me and gave me a very sincere smile (as you can see). Stacy, Crystal, and I went to see her tonight. It was perfect weather. She had a full band, and as a bonus, Don Dixon was on bass. He’s a solo artist, but I know him best as a producer for the likes of R.E.M. and the Smithereens. Not only did we get Dixon, but John Paul White of the Civil Wars opened the show. I’ve not heard a voice like his since Dan Fogelberg. I really, really loved his set. MCC was in great form as well; looking great, sounding great, and having an obvious blast with her band. Stacy, Crystal, and I had a wonderful night, and it was pretty dang funny when Crystal and I rushed the stage with our twin Canons. That might be why MCC was smiling so big. Something tickled her that’s for sure. I snapped the shots then mouthed the words, ‘Thank you.’ She replied, ‘You’re welcome,’ with a nod and another smile. Life is so much better with good music and kind musicians in it.
“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” ~ George Addair
Judy Sackett and I wrote an article in 2016 that was featured in the journal, Kentucky Libraries. Lo and behold, it was awarded Most Outstanding Feature Article, and today, we accepted our prize at the annual Kentucky Libraries Association (KLA) conference luncheon. Judy called it our “major award,” then asked to see the leg lamp (if you’re not familiar with Christmas Story that joke will make no sense). Henceforth, it is known as our major award with complete respect. Though we didn’t get leg lamps, we got very nice personalized plaques, and Robin Harris, who introduced us, gave us a glowing introduction. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Judy. We have so much fun together. It’s really fantastic to share this professional acknowledgement with her. As we say in the band, “We do not suck.”