september 30, 2018

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” ~ William James     Dad turns 80 tomorrow, but since that’s a Monday – I have to work and they have appointments all day – we started the festivities today. We did what we often do when we’re looking for an adventure: we took off with no particular destination. Ya

september 29, 2018

“What flatterers say, try to make true.” ~ German proverb     After a day of adventuring, we found our way to Maysville. There, we came across a great restaurant situated beside the railroad tracks and the river. The restaurant sits beside the Amtrak station that isn’t actually open anymore which is pretty sad. The tracks, the station, and the restaurant are on the outside of the flood wall like

september 28, 2018

“If cats could talk, they wouldn’t.” ~ Nan Porter     The Rental Sisters and I, plus sobrinas Cassie and Lisa, spent the day strolling around tiny Augusta, Kentucky. If you’re not familiar with this Ohio River town, you’re  probably familiar with its most famous citizens, The Clooneys, as in Rosemary, Nick, and George. In fact, unbeknownst to us at first, we ambled into Nina Clooney’s delightful antique shop. Nina

september 27, 2018

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.” Thich Nhat Hahn     Look at this face! This little guy greets me everyday when I get home from work. He’s a good boy. I got lucky. I really must be living right.

september 26, 2018

“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can what others can’t.” ~ Jerry Rice     Jen and Jon Reynolds continue to spoil me with kindness. Knowing I adore books and postcards and photographs, they shower me constantly with all three. Just this week I received this cool postcard from their recent trip to the United Kingdom. If you’ve never been to London (England not Kentucky) you

september 25, 2018

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” ~ TinyBuddha     They’re construction a building across from Rupp Arena that’s butt up against a six-story parking structure. That alone isn’t anything to write about, but I’ve never seen a wall this tall that didn’t have support beams. When I saw it from the corner of Maxwell and Broadway (top) I thought there must be support on

september 24, 2018

“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” ~ Fred Rogers     Yesterday I rose before dawn, even though it was a rainy Sunday, perfect sleeping weather. Nevertheless, I snuggled into my armchair with hot coffee and a book. Wally was the first to appear. Over the last few

september 23, 2018

“It’s easy to judge. It’s more difficult to understand…Through judging we separate. Through understanding we grow.” ~ Doe Zantamata     I’ve had the best weekend I could possibly imagine with my little brother Greg Gross. We couldn’t be closer if we were actual siblings, and that’s a fact. He knows all the Kopana’s that have existed and loves me still. I know all the Greg’s, too. We have talked

september 22, 2018

“You learn nothing from your life if you think you are right all the time.” ~ Unknown     I spent a wonderful day with Greg, talking, talking, talking. We solved all the world’s problems, and, yet, not a single picture was taken. And since neither of us cleaned up until way late in the day, that’s a good thing. I continue to process the photos from last week’s Scarefest.

september 21, 2018

“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh     Greg met Judy. Judy met Greg. We ate. We laughed. The original plan was to go to a UK men’s soccer game after dinner, but none of us were keen on sitting in the rain. We opted for Graeter’s ice