may 22, 2019

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“Some days you eat salads and go to the gym. Some days you eat cupcakes and refuse to put on pants. It’s called balance.” ~ TinyBuddha


Iris (snapseed)


Danielle, being one of the most thoughtful people I know, gave me my first orchid. It was one of the most awesome gifts she could have given me. Secretly I have wanted an orchid for a very long time, but with cats and a fear of killing it, I abstained. I love this orchid so much I had to name her. I call her…..wait for it….Iris. Probably only the truly weird will see the humor in that. Everybody else will roll their eyes. But you know what they say, “You’re not going to be everybody’s cup of tea.” I’m totally good with that. Sadly, I can’t bring her home because the cats would have a field day and Iris would be no more. Instead she brightens my office and greets me every morning. I love my orchid, Iris. Thank you for being so kind to me, Danielle!

may 21, 2019

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“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning. ” ~ Louis L’Amour


temporary view (Snapseed)


I’ve had to remove everything from the second story and condense it all into particular, small spaces to prep for the first phase of remodeling. Frankly, I like my drum set by the TV. But, then, drums go with everything, kind of like black or wine. That said, I long for the days when everything I owned could fit in a pickup truck. Life was so much simpler in those days.

may 19, 2019

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“The hardest battle is between what you know in your head and what you feel in your heart.” ~ Unknown




The ever lovely Rebecca Brereton-Farr graduated from Northern Kentucky University last week (pictured here with mom Catherine Brereton). She went straight to work on Monday, and today, her family threw a party to celebrate her many accomplishments. I’m super excited to see what Rebecca accomplishes next. She has a great head on her shoulders, so whatever it will be, will be awesome just like her.

may 18, 2019

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“Spend less time in “I was” and “I will be”. The only place where you can make a change is in the “I AM”. It doesn’t matter what you did in the past or what you want to do in the future. All that really matters is what you choose to do NOW.” ~ Gordana Biernat


cool dude 2


Last week, at JC’s graduation, I felt somebody tap my shoulder. I turned and he grabbed me into a big bear hug. I bet it had been nearly 35 years since I last saw Terry Van Cleve. We grew up in church together and played a lot of music there. We played a lot of secular music, too. I had a big crush on him back then, but he was a little older so he moved on while I was still coming up. We talked a good while at the graduation. He hasn’t changed at all, just a little more grey. He’s just as sweet as he ever was; and he’s always been one of the nicest guys I know. He’s still playing music. It would be a load of fun to play with him again just to see what we could remember after all this time. I remain forever grateful for his friendship. Running into him made my day.


cool dude 2 and me

may 17, 2019

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“Try to remember: the greener grass across the fence may be due to a septic tank issue.” ~ Unknown


the best


Sweetest dude ever, Mark Cornelison, was the official photog once more at the Library’s annual Spring Gala last night. I snapped this selfie with him in between shots as we talked about his baby, who actually isn’t a baby anymore. If she turns out to be as kind as her dad her life is going to be nothing but roses. Let me just reiterate what a fantastic photographer Mark is, too. UK is so lucky to have him on staff, and I’m thankful to run into him from time to time. He always brightens my day. 

may 16, 2019

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“There is no greater wealth in this world than the peace of mind.” ~ Unknown


And the winner is….


Tonight was the Library’s Spring Gala where yearly awards are presented. I’ve been privileged to work closely with almost everyone who took home an award. How lucky am I? Danielle Gabbard was one of those awardees. I work with her every day and she is amazing. She took home one of three Dean’s Award for Outstanding Performance for the work she does. I couldn’t be more proud. Congratulations, Danielle! You deserve it. 

may 15, 2019

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“Joy does not come from what you do, it flows into what you do and thus into this world from deep within you.” ~ Eckhart Tolle


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The Stacys (minus Travis here) have treated dad like family for as long as I can remember, even before he started working at CK’s bank. Mom and Vicki worked together at the welfare office when I was a child. I’ve probably told this story before, but I’m going to tell it again. One of my most vivid memories is Vicki stopping by Mamaw’s one afternoon just after she’d come home from the hospital with Jodi. I was nine or ten years old. Mom went to the car to talk with her and I followed. There was tiny, tiny Jodi all wrapped up in baby blankets with her signature white tuft of hair. Vicki has always smiled, but her smile that day was different than I’ve ever seen it before or since. She was so in love with Jodi. We fell in love with Jodi that day, too. Now here we all are nearly forty-five years later and there’s still love and respect, Vicki’s sweet smile, and the whole Stacy clan flocking to mom and dad. Warms my heart so much.


old friends 2

may 14, 2019

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“Call me crazy but I like to see other people happy and succeeding. Life is a journey, not a competition.” ~ Unknown


entry (snapseed)


I don’t get out of the office very often – I get off campus even less – but today was a great day to do both. I had the opportunity to visit the Scott County Public Library with whom we have a partnership to produce oral histories. Their assistant director Kathy Vaughn-Lloyd, adult librarian Mike Key, and I all went through graduate school together. I hadn’t seen them since graduation over a decade ago. They, along with librarian extraordinaire Julia Taylor, gave me the five-dollar tour, and what a tour it was. Few public libraries are as well run as SCPL. I can’t say enough great things about the programs they have or the facilities they’ve put together for the community; from a recording studio to the awesome faux barn and trees in the children’s section. They’ve got it all. Plus, because Kathy went through Bill Marshall’s archives course, she had a good foundation to provide a processing area for their local records and ephemera. Bill would be proud. Shoot, I’m proud and I’m not even from Scott County! I didn’t think to do a photo while I was there, but I managed to snap their entrance on my way out. Awesome day with awesome people.

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