january 17, 2019

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“Sit, walk, or run, but don’t wobble.” ~ Zen Proverb

 

the great grands

 

One of the great blessings of life is knowing and hanging out with older folks. Bill and Janet Bick are two of my favorites. At (I think) 93 and 87 respectively, they are as engaged, and engaging, as anyone I know. Perhaps both having been educators explains why they remain as in-the-game as people half their ages. In case you haven’t connected the dots yet, they are the in-laws of rental sister Pam Bick, grandparents to rental niece Cassie, and great-grandparents to Ellie Rose who just turned one. And, just like the rentals, Bill and Janet are as kind and warm as they look. At Ellie’s birthday, where I photographed them, Bill and I learned we’re both only children. We waxed poetic the ways we learned to entertain ourselves from a very early age, which builds a certain kind resourcefulness that folks with siblings may not find. I enjoyed our exchange very much, and I really enjoyed watching them with their great-grandchildren. It made for a very sweet day. Plus, they’re just so darn cute together.

 

young at heart

january 15, 2019

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“Sometimes all that matters is that you’re still trying.” ~ Wilder

 

handsome

 

Yea, so, I’m totally loving my macro lens, and I’m totally proud of Leo. It will soon be a year since he lost his eye to cancer. He adjusted really quickly like the champ he is. He’s a babe. Plus, he’s super photogenic. 

 

still handsome

january 14, 2019

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“If you’re not kind to unkind people, you’re one of them. Unconditional kindness is not a declaration of who deserves it. It’s a declaration of who you are.” ~ Timber Hawkeye

 

Rare find

 

I saw David Hurst Saturday. He showed me a recent vinyl discovery he’d made. I took a little trip down memory lane with his find; a signed promotional copy of our first LP. It was signed by the most experienced lineup of the band; Kiya, Jon Durno, Gregg Fulkerson, and yours truly. We did a lot of touring after the album’s release in May 1988. Our first guitarist during the southern and part of the east coast tours was Brian Bonham. Gregg came aboard sometime during that east coast tour (I think) and through the Midwest and west coast tours which would have probably been July through December of ’88. It would be really interesting to know the life of David’s album because the lives we four shared during our time together was some of the best times I had in music. We were a really good combo that didn’t really get to finish what we started. Unfinished or not, I wouldn’t trade my life with them for anything.

january 12, 2019

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“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” ~ J. K. Rowling

 

blue passies

 

Melissa Snow-Groves makes me howl with laughter. We did Rory’s three-month shots today and she did not disappoint (neither did Rory). It takes someone confident in themselves to makes such faces in front of a camera knowing they’re liable to be seen by lots of people. It’s so refreshing to be in the company of someone as confident and free and creative and spontaneous as Melissa. No wonder she’s got an incredible husband and two equally incredible kids. I can’t think of a better way to spend a snowy January Saturday than in the midst of such a sweet family, funny faces a bonus. 

 

blue eyes

january 11, 2019

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“The beginning is always today.” ~ Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

 

the worst

 

I had to share so you can laugh with me at the world’s worst camera angle on two people at once (wide angle lens helps with that). By the way, this was not the look, or the picture, I was going for. I don’t remember what I was going for, but this wasn’t it, though I can see a nose job as a real possibility now. And all these years I thought it would be a facelift that compelled me to the surgeon’s knife. I’m kidding, of course. I would never get a facelift. I wear my saggy jowls with pride. 

january 10, 2019

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“The grass is greener where you water it.” ~ Neil Barringham

 

behind the veil

 

I really must be living right because every year I am showered with kindness from friends near and far as my birthday comes and goes. Plus, many of my friends also share Capricorn status with me, so we celebrate their trip around the sun as well. It all makes my heart swell with happiness. 

january 8, 2019

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“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck someplace you don’t belong.” ~ Unknown

 

birthday stash

 

Elvis didn’t make it. David Bowie didn’t make it. I made it! Today marked another revolution around the sun for yours truly. I took a cue from Crystal Heis and took the afternoon off (she’s takes the whole day on her birthday, but I couldn’t do that). I have to say I like the way she thinks. First thing this morning I got a delightful phone call replete with the harmonizing parent’s rendition of Happy Birthday. Sweet birthday cards awaited when I got to work and my co-workers were just as kind and huggy as could be, which was really nice. Then, I picked up Stacy Yelton and off to Red Lobster we went for an exceptional seafood lunch. I kinda think their lunch crew is the best because our meal was like seaside good, not the usual landlocked good we’re used to in Kentucky. If that had been all the gifts the day had handed me I would have been tickled, but it wasn’t. Stacy gave me two hard-to-find Henri Nouwen books I’ve been wanting, and even agreed to go to Jospeh-Beth Booksellers with me where I spent a generous Christmas gift card on A Man Called Ove and a book I really, really wanted from the second I saw it: A Walk in the Wood. But what’s that adorable little Scottie dog, you ask? When I got home I opened the door to find said Scotty dog tin full of Walker’s Shortbreads and a card from BFFs Becky and Gordon. I was bowled over. Those two always make me smile. My day has been sprinkled with phone calls, texts, and facebook messages of warm wishes from my besties across the country. I am humbled by the kindness shown me. Each one played a big part in making this a great day start to finish.

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