august 19, 2017

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“Our greatest human adventure is the evolution of consciousness. We are in this life to enlarge the soul, liberate the spirit, and light up the brain.” ~ Tom Robbins

 

Limestone (snapseed)

 

It was a beautiful day in the Bluegrass. Dad and I went to see our Shero at Good Sam. She’s getting good food and continues to improve. Meanwhile, I stopped briefly to enjoy the view from the parking garage. It offers a unique look at Limestone by campus all the way to downtown. For the last week or so, students have been moving back for the fall semester. I saw a few parents dropping off their precious loads today, while some older ones were saddled up to the bars lining Limestone. I hate the traffic every fall, but I’ll never tire of the excitement in the air. I remember my undergraduate days with nothing but fondness. I hope the kids at UK and Transy enjoy their time just as much. 

august 18, 2017

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“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age,
which means never losing your enthusiasm.” ~ Aldous Huxley

 

impressive

 

Our shero was feeling great today. That’s why I was surprised when I got a call saying she was headed to UK ER because her white cell count was elevated, even though yesterday’s temp had broken overnight. After a cadre of doctors looked at her wound she asked to see it for herself, made possible only by a photo of course. Then she asked me to count the staples: 84. That’s impressive indeed! They admitted our shero and started broad spectrum antibiotics. She has a spot of pneumonia in her left lung, and might possibly have an infection elsewhere, including deep in her leg, not near the wound. Despite it’s angry appearance, she’s healing nicely by all accounts. In fact, to look at her, and to talk with her, you’d never know anything was wrong. That’s why she was sorely disappointed at her setback. Nevertheless, I’m confident the UK docs will have her back running the halls on her walker in no time. Until then, all healing thoughts, prayers, sage, incense, and lighted candles gratefully accepted. I’m telling you, she is the toughest woman I’ve ever known.

august 17, 2017

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“Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile. It can be blackened by fear and superstition.” ~ Bernard Beckett

 

river of life

 

Life is sure like a river sometimes, ain’t it? You flow along calmly then hit a few rapids, but you always seem to come back to calm at some point. Mind the logs! Our shero’s journey through healing is like a river, too. She hit a rapid today with a pesky temperature and headache. I’m trusting she’ll be out of the eddy and back in the calm tomorrow. She’s the toughest woman I’ve ever known. 

august 16, 2017

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“Love fiercely, fight with honor, and always keep courage and compassion in your heart.” ~ VL Cox

 

Corage the Dog (snapseed)

 

Aunt Lois’ youngest granddaughter is Macie. Today was her first day of 6th grade, but until today, she’d been hanging out with Aunt Lois and our hero and shero. A day or two after mom was moved to Cardinal Hill she drew Corage the Dog. Corage now decorates mom’s wall with his motto: “All the things I do for love.” Macie is the sweetest girl I know. She brings a smile to our hero and shero every time she’s with them. She and Corage bring a smile to me. 

august 15, 2017

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“Never judge anyone by the opinions of others.” ~ Unknown

 

moving mountains

 

Back in 2013 I wrote about the fossilized tree stump cemented in the center of campus. For the last few months workers have been carefully extracting it from its cement prison so it could be moved to make way for a sidewalk. Today the excavation was complete. Crystal and I headed to the site with our cameras. Marie and Michael Slone went, too. We waited for some time, but nothing happened. They spent more time rearranging the giant bags of popcorn than anything. Finally, Crystal and Michael walked off for coffee, and just like lighting a cigarette and the food arrives, they began to move the stump to its custom-made, popcorn lined truck bed. Marie and I were told it’s being relocated to a nearby location (for those on campus it’s going to a spot between the Boone Center and Mines and Minerals Building). I’m hopeful they won’t set it in concrete again, but we’ll see. I’m really glad it’s staying on campus. Visitors seem to enjoy it.

august 14, 2017

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“Let no sadness come to this heart. Let no trouble come to these arms. Let no conflict come to these eyes. Let my soul be filled with the blessing of joy and peace.” ~ Unknown

 

bridge

 

These are troubled times in America. May everyone – regardless of color, religion, gender, orientation, or anything else that might qualify as “other” – feel safe and welcome, heard and appreciated. May compassion, civility, and peace be our weapons. I’ve prayed this prayer for many years, and I will continue to pray this prayer until we learn to treat one another the way Christ asked. “Love one another.” 

august 13, 2017

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“All the ups and downs are grace in different wrappings… Say thanks to them all.” ~ Mooji

 

Wally’s art

 

I saw this sticker and it reminded me of Wally. He has decorated my passenger window, and there’s no mistaking it for anything but nose art. I can’t say it’s cute, but he is, and that makes it okay. I love my little dog, nose art and all. 

august 12, 2017

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“He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

meeee-owwww Paolo (snapseed)

 

Now that mom is at Cardinal Hill, dad is able to spend the day with her without stress for either of them. That’s just what he did. Naturally, he charmed the nurses. By the end of the day he was on a first name basis with all of them, and they, of course, adore him. Meanwhile, I got some much needed me time to do things around the house. Stacy was free, so out we went for some retail therapy (trying to fix my phone at the Apple Store was really what we did). We had a nice lunch, and even strolled through the mall. That’s when we met Paolo. Actually, he found us. He works for one of those over-priced facial shops, and he snared us as we were walking by. Stacy was ready to walk on, but he was so beautiful I stopped, gave her a wink, she smiled, and in we went for mini-facials and collagen plant-based stem cell (is there really such a thing?) eye treatments. Paolo was delightful. Half Italian, half Israeli, his accent was divine; his sense of style gorgeous; his politics refreshing; his eyes delicious. We didn’t buy the $800 facial mask, or the $300 collagen plant-based stem cell eye treatment, but we got free samples and a handsome man with which to end our afternoon. That’s a pretty good Saturday as far as I’m concerned.

august 11, 2017

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“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” ~ John Burroughs

 

bridge over sunset

 

Our Shero finally landed at Cardinal Hill where she’ll spend the next three weeks learning to walk and other things she’ll need to continue independent living. We really missed her at dinner with the family down on the Kentucky River. There were about 20 of us Terry’s gathered just below Clay’s Ferry Bridge eating catfish and BBQ at Proud Mary’s. Dad thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to many more dates with the family when mom is back on her feet. We’re a good bunch of hillbillies in the Bluegrass. 

august 10, 2017

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“You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.”
~ Ralph Marston

 

at night (snapseed)

 

The moon was working towards full last Thursday. …and that was as far as I got in writing the original post before I fell asleep. It was a great day, though I was clearly very tired. Sleep is always a good thing.

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