july 31, 2018

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“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” ~ Mother Teresa 

 

to the sky

 

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. I would love to see inside the building because I find it a very compelling structure. In its simplicity I find it beautiful. 

july 30, 2018

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“If you don’t want to burn out, stop living like you’re on fire.” ~ Unknown

 

not like the other one

 

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 the first winter, it must be a labour of love. It would have to be to go through the routine year after year. But hey, it just goes to show ya that you can grow a banana tree this far north if you’re willing to do the work. Although, there’s a cold variety called a Musa Basjoo Banana Tree that can grow even further north than Kentucky. Maybe this is one of them. I’d love to know if it bears fruit.

july 29, 2018

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“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 the morning

 

In November 2012, the first year of the outhouse, I posted a photo of this same house. Earlier this month I walked by it again. Unlike before, it looks empty now. The posted notices indicate it might be condemned (though I don’t know that for sure as I did not read them). From the outside it didn’t look any worse than it did before. In any case, I love the little place, and I hope, whatever may be wrong, someone loves it back to health. Sipping coffee from it’s little front porch would be delightful.

 

straight on

july 28, 2018

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“Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.” ~ William Arthur Ward

 

nearly (snapseed)

 

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 seen it yet. This will be my first Jonathan Apple from my Grandmother Terry tree. A few more days and I’m going to sink my teeth into its juicy flesh and enjoy every single chew. I will think fondly of my grandmother as I do so, and I will be ever grateful to my co-workers for the gift of this tree in her honor.

july 27, 2018

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“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

 

love locked

 

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 significance though I don’t really know what they are. I do, however, suspect it’s a take off on the Love Locks made popular in Paris. As this article from 2015 states, the trend apparently started in Rome ten years prior but it really took off in Paris. Some of the city’s bridges, particularly the Pont Des Arts bridge, began to suffer structural strain from the weight of hundreds of thousands of locks. Our Lexington nod to Love Locks isn’t near as fatal, at least not yet. Love the World: my favorite message. 

 

locked

july 26, 2018

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“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” ~ Joseph Campbell

 

summer crop

 

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 inspires me every day.

July 25, 2018

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“Smile baby. You’re alive. You’ve got options.” ~ Sonya Teclai

 

End of the day

 

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

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“Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain” ~ Henry Ford

 

funny (snapseed)

 

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 just what the doctor ordered. I don’t know what I did to deserve having thoughtful friends, but I’m sure glad I did it, whatever it was. 

 

still funny (snapseed)

july 23, 2018

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“Stop criticizing yourself for everything you aren’t and start appreciating yourself for everything you are.” ~ Unknown

 

to Upper Street

 

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 larger building on it. Or perhaps this is what’s left of a larger building. Whatever the case, I hope to learn more about it eventually. I love these old places.

 

from the front

july 22, 2018

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“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

 

a little sumpin’ sumpin’ (snapseed)

 

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 last week, and squees were heard round the world. Well, okay, we three editors squeed and heard each other, and that was about it. Still, we’re pleased with the t’s. Onward and upward.

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