“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” ~ John Milton File this one under “I love my job.” Today I met Chuck Perry. He’s been photographing the UK Cheerleaders for nearly 40 years. Though I didn’t conduct his formal interview, we had a great talk about photography beforehand. He’s just the nicest man,
“The days I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, I have really good days.” ~ Ray Wiley Hubbard Andrew Jones (right) and Dan Prater (left) are old friends who have never lost their fondness for one another or their love for Cannel City. Both men know a lot of the hamlet’s history and they’re excellent with the genealogy of area families. Cannel City’s greatness will live on as long
“I water you, you water me; we grow together.” ~ Brandon Nemhbard
“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were really meant to be in the first place.” ~ Paulo Coehlo Now here’s a fella you haven’t met yet but don’t take that to mean he’s any less important. Eddie Barker is just elusive. He always has been and he’s one of my all-time favorite
“Soul work is not a high road. It’s a deep fall into an unforgiving darkness that won’t let you go until you find the song that sings you home.” ~ McCall Erickson Minnie Adkins is salt of the Earth and just as sweet as can be. She was at Pickin’ in the Park last weekend. Pam and I had a lovely visit with her, and she insisted we three have
“Don’t wait to reach your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take.” ~ Karen Salmansohn It’s so much fun to watch people meet in person for the first after they’ve discovered they’re kindred spirits via social media. That whole idea is still just so foreign feeling to me, and yet I have connected with some of the finest people because of it. Laverne Fallen
“You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people you choose to be around.” ~ Tiny Buddha Whom better to introduce the fabulous Gurney Norman than his old hilarious buddy Ed McClanahan. It pleases me so much that their friendship has endured through all these many decades. I’m sure it pleases them, too. A good time was had by all.
“Smiling is mouth yoga.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh I know Harold through music. Over the decades he has played in many bands, and I had the great pleasure to play with him when one of his drummers couldn’t make the gig. Meanwhile, he’s also a writer and had great support for our literary journal, Solidago. We had the chance to catch up a little at Gurney’s reading last week and
“Be teachable. You’re not always right.” ~ Unknown You’ve met Jim Bob Meade but this time you really get to see the man in action. He’s a hoot.
“There are a lot of people who are doing wonderful things, quietly, with no motive of greed, or hostility toward other people, or delusions of superiority.” ~ Charles Kuralt This is where Kennedy’s Bookstore used to be. This is where I snapped one of my favorite photos of downtown. I couldn’t take that same shot now and Kennedy’s is never coming back. The University is constructing a long-overdue and much