may 31, 2018

“Be selective with your battles. Sometimes peace is better than being right.” ~ Unknown     Dad has taken to sunbathing. He’s so not a sunbathing kind of guy, but there he is. He just sits in the sun. If he doesn’t have a chair, he’ll sit in the grass. I suspect that, if he didn’t have grass, he’d sit in the dirt or gravel or blacktop or whatever there

may 30, 2018

“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” ~ Rumi     The church building where Connor and Corinne were married no longer functions as a church. It was converted to an event site for things like weddings where one can hold the ceremony and reception in one location. Before that, it was the St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church. Though it did not align

may 29, 2018

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” ~ Aristotle      A very kind man approached me at Connor and Corinne’s wedding and asked, “Are you Kopana?” I thought, “Oh Lord. What have I done?” It turns out I hadn’t done anything wrong at all (whew). Quite the opposite. Robert Horine, said very kind man, is Craig Barnes’ best friend. I’ve heard

may 28, 2018

“You’re always one decision away from a totally different life.” ~ Unknown     Dad hasn’t been able to participate in DAV activities the way he used to, but this year, despite having pneumonia, he was able to lay the wreath at the DAV Memorial Day Event in West Liberty. It was hot, too. Real hot. While he did his thing, with Jill standing in the wings watching over him,

may 27, 2018

“It’s okay to not be okay all the time.” ~ Unknown     It’s not just that I have ancestors buried at South Fork in Malone, it’s also that the land surrounding the hillside cemetery used to belong to my great, great grandparents, Patrick H. and Rebecca Patrick Risner. I talked about them just last year. Their house sat near the curve at the far end of the straight stretch

may 26, 2018

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo     Today, Mom and I decorated ancestral graves in South Fork Cemetery at Malone. This enormous tree – I’m not sure what it was, perhaps an oak – has overlooked the graves for as long as I can remember. Last year it wasn’t looking very good. This year revealed its end. It’s

may 25, 2018

“We do not have to improve ourselves; we just have to let go of what blocks our heart.” ~ Jack Kornfield     While the newlyweds were off being photographed by the professionals, a much shorter and younger couple was being photographed by everyone else. Remember I said Lucy loved everyone? She may have loved her cousin Jackson Bick a little more than the others during the wedding reception, Gigi

may 24, 2018

“Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don’t have to sit on it.” ~ Joyce Meyer     Lucy Barnes-Gilbert loves her grandmother Kelly “Gigi” something fierce. She loves everyone else, too, but she really, really loves Kelly and hardly leaves her side when they’re together. I think this bodes well for Lucy as an adult. Virtually every woman I

may 23, 2018

“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” ~ Tony Robbins     Even though there was plenty of daylight during the ceremony, the church was dark at last weekend’s wedding. Jackson Bick, Stacy’s oldest great-nephew, son of Brett

may 22, 2018

“Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul.” ~ Unknown     Cassie dropped me a note asking if I’d snapped any pix of her and hubby Jeff at the wedding. She was having so much fun that she forgot to take a pic of them on their night out. They’ve got a toddler and an infant now, and date nights