“A brilliant young poet asked me once, ‘But how am I supposed to keep living with a broken heart?’ I laughed, not meaning to be cruel in any way, but answered, ‘How do any of us do it, son? If our hearts are open, they’re going to be broken. That’s the beauty of it… We cherish what is and go on.'”
~ Mary Carroll-Hackett

 

new friends
new friends

 

Elaine Heis is a glass artist. Here, you may know her better as my friend and Crystal Heis’ mom. Today, for the first time, she bravely showed her wares in a booth across the street from the Woodland Arts Fair. I met up with Annie Bassoni at Elaine’s booth. Unbeknownst to me, the two had never met. They recognized each other from pictures on facebook and here in the outhouse. By the time I showed up they were old friends, as you can see. One of the things I adore about both women is the ease with which they open their hearts. They remind me to stay open, and to ask the universe for goodness so that goodness will find me. There’s nothing but goodness every time I’m with these women, and it warms my heart that they’ve become friends. Goodness draws goodness.

 

art love
art love

 

There was more goodness to be had in my day. I ran into Rebecca and David Campbell at their booth at the main fair. And who should be shopping with them but long-time co-worker Tari Keller (bottom right). “Don’t believe a word she tells you,” I whispered to Tari from behind. Then, I snapped a picture of Rebecca and me just to make her laugh. Soon, David appeared with a great big hug, and off we went down the rabbit hole of photo-talk (he’s an awesome photographer). It was a delightful afternoon filled with fellowship, food, music (Louisville’s Bridge 19 was really good), and awesome art, although I was bummed to miss Deb Chenault, but she was too busy with her fans. (Ah, the life of a rock star!) The weather was perfect. The dogs, and babies, and whatever that white rat-looking thing was that one girl had, were all well behaved. I couldn’t have asked for a much better day. If you’re in Lexington tomorrow, go. I promise you’ll enjoy yourself!

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