september 17, 2018

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“It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.” ~ Jillian Michaels

 

photo booth

 

Ya’ll first met Leeza Gordon way back in January of 2017. She was in town this past weekend and I couldn’t let that happen without a visit, even if it was a quick one. As you can see, we made the most of our time together. Leeza can make me snort unlike anybody I know. After we did our impromptu photo booth, seen above, I snorted so hard I’m pretty sure I swallowed my tonsils. I haven’t belly laughed like that in years. But it isn’t just Leeza’s funny bone that makes her awesome. She also does massage, accutonics, and cupping. Let me tell you, I’d never had cupping before, but I will happily endorse it’s miraculous properties. I’d woken with my usual Saturday headache, and spent all day with it. Nothing could make it stop. Then Leeza said, “Let me try something.” She put three cups that looked like breast pumps on my back, sucked my hide up into them with some sucking gun thing, and instantly my headache was gone. I’ve never experienced relief like that, and I’ve felt great ever since. As if Leeza wasn’t already my shero, she has my undying love forever more. Ya’ll go find someone that does cupping. It’ll cure what ails you (mostly).

september 16, 2018

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“A man who limits his interests limits his life.” ~ Vincent Price

 

Ally at Scarefest

 

This is, without a doubt, the best photo of the weekend and it’s fitting that it comes at the end of the best thing at Scarefest, besides my Okie peeps of course, and that was a lecture by Victoria Price. If her name doesn’t ring a bell, take a look at today’s quote. That’s Victoria’s dad, the totally awesome Vincent Price. Pam had met Vincent many years ago when she was working for American Airlines. It’s her story to tell, so I’ll simply say that he made a positive impression on her. Pam heard Victoria speak once before, so when I learned she was closing the event today, I went along. Just as Pam promised, her story did not disappoint. Even though the lecture is billed as a talk about her dad, it’s really much more, and that’s where it got really interesting for me. 

 

new friends
Ally’s a good dog

 

Before today, I didn’t know anything at all about Victoria Price other than being he father’s daughter. Her presentation was about her dad. However, I found it to be as much about finding joy in the every day as it was about Vincent. The two are very connected. I’ve since learned that, several years ago, Victoria started a blog called Daily Practice of Joy. She has also authored a book called The Way of Being Lost: A Road Map to Your Truest Self as well as a biography on her dad. For those of you who’ve been following the outhouse for some time, you’ll know immediately why I enjoyed Victoria’s talk so much. I really appreciate how she’s using her relationship with her dad and his philosophy of life to spread a little love and joy through the world. I can’t think of a much better way to honor a loved one. He found joy in most everything he did throughout his life and encouraged his daughter to do the same. That’s a philosophy right up my alley! It was a lovely presentation, and meeting her with Pam was just a great way to end the weekend. May we all find joy in our every day.

 

note to self: haircut soon

september 15, 2018

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“Keep going, and don’t worry about your speed. You’re making progress, even if it doesn’t seem like it. Forward is forward, no matter how slow.” ~ Lori Deschene

 

meter readers

 

Pat and I were virgins. Piqued your interest yet? We were virgin ghost walkers. Tonight, we joined the Okie crew for our first ever ghost walk. It was a huge group, a crowd really, investigating a local warehouse-turned-education center. We spent over two hours roaming through this large warehouse in the dark. This was no ordinary ghost walk. This was a celebrity ghost walk with the Ghost Brothers: Dalen, Juwan, Marcus (they are hilarious) & the Tennessee Wraith Chasers: Chris, Mike, Doogie & Brannon. We emerged with hilarious stories but no paranormal evidence. Pat and I are no longer virgins.

 

september 14, 2018

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“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” ~ Joseph Campbell

 

glowing

 

I’ve had the best day! It started with my Okie peeps Pam Thurman. We started with a big breakfast at Winchell’s (of course), then I took them to Waveland for some southern plantation spooky, then we trucked over the Ashland, Henry Clay’s crib. Finally, we met friends Pat Novak, above, and Deb and Virgil Alcorn for dinner. Heros and sheros one and all. I’ve had great conversations all day, and I look forward to a weekend filled with more joy and laughter. Plus, doesn’t Pat just look great? She was beaming all evening, and it wasn’t because of the sunlight. She’s just got that kind of heart. Pam introduced us this time last year and I’m so glad she did. 

september 13, 2018

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“To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~ Bessie Anderson Stanley

 

when they don’t know you’re looking

 

Jimmy Darrell Easterling is a life member of Morgan County DAV Chapter 132. He’s also the jailer in Morgan County and one of mom and dad’s best friends. I got several good shots of Jimmy Darrell when I photographed the DAV during the Sorghum Parade in 2014. This is my favorite. He was busy waving to the kids lining the road and had no idea I could see him. Those are my favorite shots. Serving one’s country doesn’t have to end after discharge, and I really admire DAV members like Jimmy Darrell for their continued service. They do a lot of good things for their fellow vets and their local communities. 

september 12, 2018

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“Start doing something good. It could be just cleaning out your old closet, or calling your Mom and give her a pep talk. Just anything you can do that is outside of yourself. It will make you feel a bit better.” ~ Yoko Ono

 

get a leg up (Hipstagram)

 

Stacy’s helping Big Boy get a leg up after Frisch’s on Harrodsburg Road got a major facelift. Tonight was their grand re-opening, so naturally, we stopped in to help celebrate because we love our local Frisch’s, and who doesn’t love Big Boy, the mascot or the sandwich? I like what they’ve done with the place and they’ve got a mostly new wait-staff as well. We had great food, great conversation, and a great celebration of a restaurant Mamaw would have eaten at. Today was her birthday. Celebrate your people with more of your people and a Big Boy.

september 11, 2018

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“It’s all about love.
Love for the people in your life,
Love for the people you don’t know.
Love for the people you don’t understand,
Love for the people that don’t understand you.
If you treat others with love – that means kindness, gentleness, patience, sincerity, equity, edification – then you will be a positive force for change in a world that is starving for it.”  ~ Andrew Perkins

 

names (snapseed)

 

Every September 11 the University of Kentucky outlines with American flags an enormous 9/11 symbol on the front lawn. The Kentucky state and American flags fly at half staff. Military members take turn marching in a precise square around the flag pole while other members of the student body read the 3000+ victim names. This is the routine every September 11. Meanwhile, on social media, it’s meme after meme of ‘never forget,’ as if anyone alive that day ever could. There was a guy on facebook recently ranting about a politician’s lack of service that day, or rather, what he thought she should have been doing instead of what she was doing. Ironically, what she was actually doing was sitting in a Marine fighter jet on a tarmac awaiting orders to shoot down more civilian planes should they be hijacked. I don’t know how much more she could have done, frankly. That was a helluva lot more than most of America. Still, everyone I knew that day wanted to help in some way. Some joined the military. Some went back into active service. Some were in NYC or DC to help with cleanup. Some just baked cakes for their neighbors because that’s all they could do, but everybody tried to find some way to help. Shoot, I was ready to enlist myself until Angie Bliss Fanning reminded me that I was too old and cranky. FYI, the cut-off is 35 for Army enlistment, which, naturally, would be my branch of choice. When you’re under attack you want to do something to ease the pain and suffering, stop being scared, exact revenge, insert your feelings here. That’s natural. But sometimes, particularly after this attack, continuing to be live life to its fullest is the best course of action. There’s still plenty for everyone to do to keep us safe, keep us going. I’d recommend voting in every election as a start. 

september 10, 2018

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“Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.” ~ Tinybuddha

 

cross bearer

 

Over the last two days I’ve had several conversations concerning evangelical and mainline denominations of the Christian faith. So it was with those talks in mind that I found it oddly coincidental when, tonight, I came across this photo from the 2014 Sorghum Festival parade. It was near the end of the shoot and it is just about as random as can be. There are no other photos associated with him. There’s no pictures of the float in front of him or behind. There’s a picture of a friend, then the friend’s son watching the ROTC march by, and in between is just a guy carrying a cross down the middle of the street as if he was invisible to everybody but me and one little kid. “Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth,” is a pretty fitting quote I’d say. And you don’t have to carry a cross, literal or otherwise, to prove it. Just go do your thing.

september 9, 2018

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“Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, magical, person that you are.” ~ Mandy Hale

 

flashback

 

I’ve been working on my backlog of photos this last week. Today, I found this gem from the 2014 Sorghum Festival (yea, I’m that far behind). That year, cousin Missy and her catering partner Tammy had a potato tent set up by the flea market at Index. She was plum whooped by the time we got there Saturday afternoon after mom and dad were in the parade. I think she’s probably rested up by now. Good memories for sure. I’m always grateful to be on hand with a camera for such times. 

september 8, 2018

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ~ Melody Beattie

 

the walk

 

A peaceful shot of our Hero and Shero at McConnell Springs. They walked hand in hand the whole time. Mom’s breathing issues coupled with multiple hip replacements usually prevents her from walking at much length. On this day, however, it was dad who needed to sit down first. A real testament to her mettle. They’re very cute, these two, and I hope they take many more walks. 

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