october 31, 2017

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“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” ~ Alan Cohen


always dad


Dad helped with Halloween. He was so excited about it, too. He waited patiently by the door until he just couldn’t stand it anymore. He bundled up and sat outside until he couldn’t stand that anymore, and then he went back inside and watched from the warmth of the recliner.


one soldier to another


He loved those kids all dressed up and running up and down the street. They were mostly neighbor children. When I first moved here 10 years ago there were no children. Now there are nearly 10 in a few houses around me. It’s absolutely delightful, and it tickled all of us to see their sweet little faces all dressed up. 


Halloween Cat


Even Lilly, perpetual Halloween cat, got in on the action. Aunts Lois and Barb, cousins Missy, Mike and Macie came over to help, too. And a good time was had by all. I’m so grateful to everyone for making this holiday one to remember.



october 30, 2017

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“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” ~ Johnny Cash


Frankenstein’s bourbon


I loved the Chihuly exhibit, as you know, but my favorite shots of the night came from the distillery. They really get me in the Halloween mood. I hope you have your costumes trimmed, candy bowl full, and dry ice at the ready because the tiny ghouls and goblins will be about tomorrow. Let the fun begin.


100 proof night

october 29, 2017

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“Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.” ~ Nikos Kazantzakis


friends everywhere


We’d just arrived at Maker’s Mark after having a lovely dinner, so naturally, a bathroom was the first order of business, so to speak. I’d walked out of the ladies room beside this bright mosaic when I heard my name. It’s pretty dark in the room away from the light on the mosaic, and despite squinting, I saw only silhouettes. Then, he stepped into the light. There stood John Hynes, bright smiling, speaking my name. Hugs ensued. John is one of the funniest, most kind people I know.


before the sun went down


John had seen his BFF Crystal Heis just the day before. He mentioned visiting Maker’s Mark for the Chihuly Night festivities, and she told him I was going to be there as well. Our timing was pretty remarkable from the start, and we kept running into each other throughout the night. The last time I saw John was when he and his friend Lisa were asked to get off the landscaping as they were taking a selfie in front of Chihuly’s most prominent piece Summer Sun. Stacy and I had just done the same thing, along with a host of people before us, but poor John and Lisa were the unfortunates to get the wrist slap. I think he’ll agree that it was worth it. Running into John made my day all the more awesome. 

october 28, 2017

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“Embrace the inner teacher and know you have something very valuable to offer everyone.” ~ David Bennett




The rental sisters and I traveled to Loretto and Maker’s Mark distillery to see the incredible Dale Chihuly outdoor exhibit. Adding to the special event was the opportunity to view the work in the dark. 




In addition to the outdoor exhibit, Chihuly has a permanent piece leading to the gift shop. Pam is a huge, huge fan of Chihuly, so catching her in awe of his work was special. The whole evening was special. The artwork was exquisite, the company delightful. I couldn’t ask for a better day.


from the deck

october 27, 2017

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“If you focus on the hurt, you will continue to suffer.
If you focus on the lesson, you will continue to grow.”
~ Unknown


just…no (snapseed)


No. Just, no. It’s not even Halloween yet, but these men’s Christmas sweaters are front and center at Kroger. I suspect they’re hideous on purpose. Nevertheless, the sloth Christmas tree sweater made me laugh out loud. Who thought of sloths in a Christmas tree? Whoever it was I love their sense of humor. And the angry cat? Hilarious! 


Llama for the win (snapseed)

october 26, 2017

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“The power is entirely in your hands. You can stay on the same course or you can find a better way that will support who you really are. You have the ability to change your future.” ~ Anastasia Chopelas


southern comfort (snapseed)


Mom told me she was bringing a surprise for supper. I pulled this vaguely familiar pot from the box, placed it on the stove, and opened the lid. “Do you know who made this?” she asked. “Mary Vance,” I replied without hesitation. “I’d know her beef stew anywhere.” I was right on both counts, of course. It was Mary Vance’s beef stew and I would know it anywhere. When I was a little girl, Mary’s beef stew feed me more times than I can remember. It’s unlike anyone’s beef stew, and it is one of the most delicious, comforting foods I’ve ever known. Being extraordinarily thoughtful, she remembered the pot as something I might like, so she sent word for me to keep it. When I first left home, Mary gave me an incredible ceramic mixing bowl. All these years later, after moving untold times from one end of the country to the other, I still use it. Now, I’ve started my Mary Vance Collection in ernest, and every time I make delicious food using a piece, I will think of her. All these decades later she still treats me like one of her own. There are no words to convey the level of love I have for her.

october 25, 2017

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“When the past calls let it go straight to voicemail, because it has nothing new to say.” ~ Unknown




Meet Faith Harders. Faith is a Librarian in the Design Library. About a year ago she discovered that Don Galloway was a graduate of UK’s Theater program and a native of Brooksville, KY. If you don’t know his name, you might recognize his face (those of a certain age won’t recognize either). Galloway is best known as Sgt. Ed Brown on Ironside. He went on to do two Perry Mason movies with Ironside star Raymond Burr. He also had roles on TV, in particular General Hospital as Buzz Stryker, and he played husband to JoBeth Williams’ character in the hit movie The Big Chill, one of my all-time favorites. 


success #2


Faith was so excited by the Galloway discovery that she wanted to pursue an oral history project about him. Galloway died in 2009 at the age of 71, but there were still plenty of fellow actors and family members to talk to. She deposited 14 interviews with us a couple of months ago. She then petitioned the university to erect a flag in his honor. These flags are common around campus except they usually depict successful businessmen, engineers, or doctors. There are very few commemorating arts graduates. In fact, this is the only one I know of. Yesterday, we made the Don Galloway Oral History Project interviews accessible online. I sent Faith an email saying as much, and I offered congratulations on the flag. It turned out that she didn’t know her petition for the flag had been successful, and this morning I received an enthusiastic, “I’m going to look at it right now,” email. I grabbed my camera in hopes of catching her at the flag, and sure enough, I did. Faith is a perfect example of what can happen when you have a great idea and follow it through. I’m so proud of her, and I’m really pleased to see the arts getting some UK love.


success #3

october 24, 2017

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“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.” ~ Maya Angelou


another tall drink of water


I live just a few miles from Waveland State Historic Site, but I’d never been there until Sharon visited last month. Waveland is an antebellum estate that had about 2,000 acres at one time. The owners migrated here with Daniel Boone and settled Waveland in the late 1700’s. It grew to be the nation’s top hemp and rope producer. In many ways it was exactly what I expected: a slave-holding, audacious space with garish wallpaper. Thanks to a son of Waveland’s master entrepreneur, Joseph Bryan, the estate was lost to debt. With just a fraction of the acreage remaining, the state bought Waveland in 1956 and turned it into a museum. They’ve done a pretty good job refurnishing the house with some of the original Bryan pieces, but more impressive, they’ve preserved the large kitchen which also sheltered the house slaves. That’s actually the part I liked the best. Until I went to Waveland I didn’t realize that many large plantation houses such as this put the kitchen in an entirely separate building because it was hot, and it caused everything in the house to smell of cooked food. God forbid. Meanwhile, the locals swear it’s haunted, and the museum plays up that little tidbit. Sharon should come back for Halloween so we can go again and listen for the mysterious music.

october 23, 2017

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“Train your mind to see the good in every situation.” ~ Unknown




Every once in a while I take a picture that I really, really like. This is one of them. Maggie’s horse was on some large plate contraption that vibrates the feet and legs. One of the ways they coerced the horse to stand still was with a bucket of food. This horse could have cared less about anything but the food. So, he stood patiently during his treatment and ate to his heart’s content. When the bucket was empty, he splay-legged off the vibrating plate, and began to eat what had dropped to the ground. That’s when I caught him. It was my lucky day.

october 22, 2017

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“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”
~ Henry Miller


evening sun


I finally found time to go through the pictures I took when Sharon was here. I came across this image. It is exactly what I think of when I think of Sharon. Well, this plus her love of high-heel shoes and big, dangly earrings, but I didn’t photograph those.