january 30, 2019

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“You don’t have a right to the cards you believe you should have been dealt. You have an obligation to play the hell out of the ones you’re holding.” ~ Cheryl Stayed


RR Xing


You’ve heard me mention The Burl Arcade, but in a separate building just across the parking lot, The Burl also offers live music. That building – seen here with this really cool mural by an unknown (to me) artist – sits beside the railroad tracks and just across the street from the old Pepper Distillery that, today, houses Goodfella’s Pizza, Crank and Boom Ice Cream, and a host of other eateries in the Distillery District of Lexington on Manchester Street. I especially liked the outdoor fire pit surrounded by what looked to be beach chairs. I look forward to seeing some live music at The Burl. I’ve threatened to go before. I think I’ll make that come true in 2019.


Artie Johnson would hang out here

january 29, 2019

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“Read more books than status updates. Look into more eyes than screens. Hold more hands than devices. Love more than you judge.” ~ Dulce Ruby⠀




I promised a photo of the Birthday Girl and here are two with one of her two beloved (and adorable) nephews, Josh. Annie loves her nephews beyond all telling and I was really glad to finally meet at least one of them (I missed her nephew Jessie by minutes, unfortunately). I believe she had a real good birthday.


auntie smiling

january 28, 2019

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“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” ~ Jane Goodall


old friends


Reinette Jones has a heart of pure gold and she can light up the darkest room even on a bad day. When Stacy hugged her, and I snapped the top pic, I said something about being at a bad angle causing me to shoot up Reinette’s nose. Well, that’s when the hilarity started. I’m pretty sure I speak for Stacy and a whole lot of other people when I say I got lucky the day I met Reinette Jones and she became my friend. Never a dull moment.

january 27, 2019

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“Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts out excellent.” ~ Unknown




I had a great day and it wasn’t even my birthday. But it was Annie Bassoni’s birthday and she gathered a ton of friends at The Burl Arcade. The plan was hatched last week over Cards Against Humanity and today she pulled it off. Many of us arrived not long after they opened, and before long, the place was a sea of middle aged women playing vintage pinball and arcade games like Tetrus and Pac Man. My favorite of all, though, was the wall of TVs. If the rest of the place had been crap, which it wasn’t, I would have been thrilled with the TVs. They were also hooked up to vintage games (you can see the player near Reinette’s right hand). To top the day, Stacy, Reinette, Kathy, and I headed to Ranada’s Bistro + Bar, a relatively new restaurant where Wines on Vine used to be on Old Vine Street (Ranada was the original owner of Lexington Diner). There, I proceeded to have the best cheeseburger I’ve ever eaten in my life bar none. It’s called the Bourbon Bacon Burger (1/3 lb burger, Bulleit Bourbon BBQ, house made bacon jam, habanero jack, fried Shufflebean Coffee dusted onion straws, toasted brioche bun). I don’t like Bourbon (slightly sacrilege in Kentucky, but there you have it) or bacon on hamburgers, but it didn’t matter. This thing was good enough to make ya wanna slap yer granny three times over. So, for today, there was a lot of fun, a lot of laughs, a lot of talks, a lot of hugs, a lot of great food, and a whole lot of what the doctor ordered. There will be many more photos to come. A few might even include the birthday girl. Happy Birthday, Annie! You sure know how to throw a party.

january 25, 2019

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“Never be a prisoner of your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.” ~ Unknown




Birthday surprises from HRB Crystal Heis. What, indeed, would Dolly do? Just cracks me up. In case you can’t make out the socks, they have bread and milk on them. They also crack me up. Crystal knows me so well.

january 24, 2019

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“One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” ~ Jack Penn


Alice Allison Dunnigan


I made my way to Young Library on Tuesday and saw for the first time the beautiful sculpture of Alice Allison Dunnigan. Created by Amanda Matthews from here in Lexington, the statue was first displayed in the Newseum in Washington, D.C. before coming to UK. It will eventually land in Dunnigan’s hometown of Russellville, KY. In 1906, Dunnigan was born to a sharecropper in Logan County, Kentucky. There were few prospects for a woman of color in America during those times, but she managed to get herself an education, write columns in various area newspapers including Hopkinsville and Louisville, and she taught school. When that school closed, she headed to Washington, D.C. where she landed a job writing for the Associated Negro Press. One thing led to another until she became “the first African-American female correspondent for the White House and first African-American woman to be a member of the Senate and House of Representatives press galleries.” If you didn’t know who Alice Allison Dunnigan was before now, I hope you’ll take the time to read more about her here and here. And if you’re on UK’s campus anytime soon, by all means see her sculpture in W.T. Young Library’s lobby. The artist did a great job and Alice Allison Dunnigan is a star of American history. 

january 23, 2019

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“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” ~ A.A. Milne


birthday nails


Marie Dale’s birthday is July 4. We’re never at work for her birthday, so I’m lucky if I even remember to wish her happy birthday let alone do something for her. I’m absolutely terrible remembering important dates like that. So, tonight, I fixed that when she took mom with her to get her nails done. And after the ladies had themselves a little spa time, they joined me and dad for a birthday dinner because tomorrow is mom’s 77th birthday. Bless ’em both for dealing with my forgetful self. Happy birthday to two of my favorite people!

january 22, 2019

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“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” ~ Roy T. Bennet


long distance grandparents


When your grandchild can’t make it to the party, facetime to the rescue. Aren’t they adorable? These two: I love them so. They create love and harmony everywhere they go. 

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