july 31, 2018

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” ~ Mother Teresa      Back in 2014 I wrote about Antioch Christian Church on Fourth Street. Its windows were boarded up and operating as an appointment only antique shop. I was by there a couple of weeks ago. Its windows remain boarded shut. I assume it’s still an antique shop, but I don’t really know.

july 30, 2018

“If you don’t want to burn out, stop living like you’re on fire.” ~ Unknown     I’m walking along the alley when I see them dog-eared above the fence. It’s not that banana trees don’t grow in Kentucky, it’s that they don’t naturally grow in Kentucky. And for the few hearty souls who transplant the poor things year after year, because one has to or they’ll up and die

july 29, 2018

“If your theology causes you to treat other people as less worthy of a home or love or care or safety than yourself, it isn’t worth keeping. Religion at its best will always welcome the stranger, mend wounds, share blessings, remove barriers, and expand the table.” ~ John Pavlovitz      In November 2012, the first year of the outhouse, I posted a photo of this same house. Earlier this

july 28, 2018

“Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.” ~ William Arthur Ward     I worked a great deal in the yard today. The winter lasted so long, and frosts came so late, that I didn’t have many blossoms on my apple and peach trees. As the months have marched on, even less fruit survived. But today I found this baby. I guess the squirrels haven’t

july 27, 2018

“My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.” ~ Thornton Wilder     There’s a small chunk of chain link fence downtown between Lowell’s and Third Street Stuff. Dozens of locks have been fastened to it. Most are ordinary, but some have been adorned with paints and other accessories. I’m sure it has a name and

july 26, 2018

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” ~ Joseph Campbell     It’s not out of the ordinary to find a volunteer pansy peeping through a sidewalk crack around campus. It’s far less ordinary to find a stalk of corn growing in an ivy bed at Transy. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what I found. You gotta hand it to Mother Nature’s tenacity. She

July 25, 2018

“Smile baby. You’re alive. You’ve got options.” ~ Sonya Teclai     It was a busy day and by 6p I needed sustenance. Real sustenance. Ramsey’s has the best veggies in town, and their fried chicken means I get leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. That’s a win/win. 

july 24, 2018

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain” ~ Henry Ford     Jeff Suchanek and his sweet wife Jeanne made my day. I was feeling a little down this morning when suddenly Jeff sprang into my office with a totally unexpected gift. They’d gone to a reading by poet F. Keith Wahle at Brier Books. They thought I would enjoy his work. They were right! It’s hilarious and

july 23, 2018

“Stop criticizing yourself for everything you aren’t and start appreciating yourself for everything you are.” ~ Unknown     This old house, somewhat restored at least on the outside, sits between Upper Street and Morris Ally. Its closest neighbor is the old Antioch Christian Church that I talked about back in 2014. I’d love to know some history on this place. It’s on a large lot that clearly once had a

july 22, 2018

“I’m laughing because I know the secret of life. And the secret of life is that I have validated my existence. I know that I am worth more than my house, my bank account, or any physical thing.” ~ Carlos Santana     We were giddy about our recent showing at the Lexington Farmer’s Market and Brier Books so we put a little t-shirt design together for ourselves. They arrived