march 24, 2019

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“All you need is love…but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” ~ Charles M. Shulz




This is Shorty, not to be confused with my dad, Shorty. Shorty the cat belongs to David Hurst and Melissa Snow-Groves. He met me at the door and ushered me in for our six month shoot with little miss Rory. Apparently, Shorty has had an identity crisis for some years. Everyone, including the vet, thought Shorty was a she and the family, naturally, called her Miss Shorty (or Miss Short Tail, something like that). Recently Shorty needed an operation and that’s when the truth came out. She’s a he. No Miss necessary. I have a feeling Shorty’s been secure in his manhood all along even if the rest of us got it wrong. 

march 23, 2019

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“You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do them.” ~ Unknown


band #2


And this was my office today, taking a seat at the skins with this incredible group of players known as Four Leonards and a Fifth (not pictured is Melissa Snow Groves). I was beyond thrilled that they let me play with them (really, I wore them down), and I was able to finally meet Billy (in green) and wife Becky Rudd. I’d only seen Becky play with Andrew Perkins (guitar), David Hurst (long hair), and Melissa at the first Leonard Cohen Tribute show way back in 2017. I loved Billy and Becky the second they walked in; gifted players both. I can’t tell you how much fun I had today. We played for two hours and actually got through about six songs; from Stevie Wonder’s Superstition to Cheap Trick’s Surrender. Not bad for a first time. This is going to be a super fun band and I’m in love with it already. They’re challenging me in the best way and this Stella is ready to get her groove back. They win Saturday (although I’m the real winner here). 

march 22, 2019

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“Out with the old
In with the new.
Winds of change
I welcome you.”
~ Unknown


does anyone really know what time it is?


When the calendar turned over to 2019 I knew I was going to change some things. The most immediate thing I changed was cutting back on the outhouse. Now, I’m reading more, listening to a lot more music, and I’m not sitting in front of my computer very much at night. The most recent change is paying attention to my physical health. For the first time in my life my blood pressure is on the cusp of being high, and coincidentally, I’ve developed a nasty case of plantar fasciitis so I walk like an old woman. Both of these are unacceptable. UK recently revamped the old Alumni Gym into an incredible workout facility, so I joined and started walking 30 minutes a day on the treadmill. I just started this week – thanks to Crystal Heis for being my gym buddy – and I’m easing into the routine. Strangely, I’m loving it. Already I feel better. My foot doesn’t, but the rest of me does. Baby steps. I’ll take it.

march 21, 2019

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“The Elimination Diet: Remove anger, regret, worry, resentment, guilt, and blame. Then watch your health and life improve.” ~ Charles F. Glassman 


ultimate photo bomb


Josh Monroe totally wins the photo bomb of the year. He’s the sweetest guy, but he has won my undying gratitude after this brilliant moment.

march 20, 2019

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“She wore her yellow sun-bonnet, she wore her greenest gown; she turned to the south wind and curtsied up and down. She turned to the sunlight and shook her yellow head, and whispered to her neighbour: ‘Winter is dead.’” ~ A.A. Milne


Lake Michigan from above

march 17, 2019

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“As you slide down the bannister of life may the splinters never point in the wrong direction.” ~ Irish Blessing (highly questionable attribute)


opening day


This was FC Cincinnati’s opening day as a Major League Soccer team and they did not disappoint with a solid 3-0 win over Portland. That’s a fabulous highlight in its own right, but on St. Patrick’s Day? Bonus awesomeness. The only bad part of this day was not being there in person. Thanks to Stacy for hosting a 2-person, 1-dog party for the event. I cannot wait to go to a game. Such fun.

march 16, 2019

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“Never trust someone who isn’t kind to animals.” ~ Unknown


KY Market


1. Annie Bassoni and sweet, sweet artist friend Katie Swartz from Mason, Ohio.
2. Artist and BFF Deb Chenault selling her wares as Annie and Jeanne Marie Hibberd (and my forehead) look on
3. The totally awesome maker of the coolest crows ever, artist Steve Heartsill
4. Longtime BFFs and artists David and Rebecca Miller Campbell were surprised that I didn’t have the large camera. I like to keep them guessing!
5. The Morgan County Corner of Kentucky Market was more than well represented with photographer Dean Hill next door to David and Rebecca. They make Morgan County proud.
6. Mary Barber, whom I had not seen in easily 40+ years, recognized my name as Annie yelled “Kopana, I’m going to the restroom.” I grew up and went through school with Mary’s youngest sisters, and graduated with the baby of the Barber Clan, Cynthia. It was absolutely wonderful to catch up with her.
7. Yours truly entered these photos in the KY Arts Council’s Veterans traveling exhibit. This is the second time I’ve had work in an exhibit that ended up at The Market. #proud
8. Annie and an adorable cup made by Katie. It was a gorgeous day in the Bluegrass, a perfect day to see beautiful art and wonderful friends. I call this day a win.

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