april 30, 2017

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“Live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.” ~ Unknown

 

smile. no. (snapseed)

 

This is Stacy’s cat, Abby. She was very bored with me. She makes me laugh. I hope she makes you laugh, too. Happy Sunday!

april 29, 2017

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“Let Thank You be your daily mantra.” ~ Unknown

 

birds of a feather (snapseed)

 

I don’t ordinarily have craptastic days and this is no exception. It started off pretty craptastically when Lilly cat woke me with her yowling at 7 a.m. I couldn’t go back to sleep, so up for coffee I go. A few hours later I found out what all the fuss about when I sat down in a cushion full of pee. After a change of clothes and few choice words, I loaded her up and off to the vet we went. Naturally, being the little anxiety feline she is, purging from both ends occurred before we even got there. The vet is only a mile away. A UTI, a bottle of pills, and $150 later, I got in the car only to discover it, too, was not feeling well. Power steering, slipping clutch, tie rod, balding tires, or a combination of the four meant I wasn’t going to make my planned trip to Cinci to see my friends Bree and Eric open for Joe Lynn Turner; a reunion that was to be my prize for not going to Iceland this weekend for the News Media conference. My day just wasn’t going very well until Stacy agreed to have lunch with me. We had a great conversation followed by a trip to Wild Fig Books for Independent Bookseller’s day. We ran smack dab into Crystal Wilkinson whose award winning book, The Birds of Opulence, I specifically went there to buy. She graciously signed it for me and that just tickled me no end. I read the first chapter when I got home and had to force myself to put it down to do other things. It’s *that* good. So, you see, I had a few things go wrong today, but look what a beautiful reward I was given for sticking with it. I gotta go now and start chapter two.

april 28, 2017

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“The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.” ~ Unknown

 

summer pictures

 

I saw Mark Cornelison this morning as he was setting up what must surely be the billionth group photo before the end of the school year. Mark recently joined the UK ranks after spending 25+ years as a photojournalist at the Herald-Leader. Their loss was UK’s gain to say the least. Mark is a top-notch photographer and a super nice man to boot. I was glad to see him on the job. I didn’t disturb him, though. I just did a hit and run photo, kind of like I did with the dude in the hammock (below). I’m digging the hammock phase I must say. They look so relaxing. There’s just one more week of classes, so I better get to snapping while there’s fun left to snap. Maybe I’ll run across Mark again and grab another hit and run shot. It doesn’t take much to tickle me. 

 

shade

april 27, 2017

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“Life is easier when you’re not complaining, worrying, or stressing about drama.” ~ Unknown 

 

make the world better

 

It’s dead week at UK. I’ve always found that term to be an oxymoron since the only thing dead about dead week are the students by the time it’s over. But in all their busy-ness they always find time for awesome stuff. Today campus was full of awesome like this enormous butterfly board in front of Young Library filled with (mostly) positive affirmations; kids writing what they’ll do to make the world a better place. I loved it.

 

be kind

 

The slogan I saw repeated most was “Be Kind to Everyone.” It so warmed my heart. In the short time I photographed the board there were a dozen kids stopped to read, and add their own affirmation. It gives me such hope to see this kind of positivity in the world, and that so many young people would assert themselves for change, well, it gives me that warm feeling down deep in my heart. 

 

what’s your flavor?

 

In front of Special Collections someone retrofitted a bicycle to run a blender. They filled the blender with fruit, someone would hop on the bike and ride a while, et voila – instant smoothie – which was then distributed among the passers by. Hilarious! These are the things that make the traffic and parking headaches at UK slightly more bearable. There’s a lot of fun to be had at the end of the spring semester, and there’s no shortage of antics and activism for me and my camera. It all makes me happy. “Tell us what you’ll do to change the world.” #inspiring

 

be the change

april 26, 2017

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“For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.”
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

chairs

 

I had lunch at Joella’s (hot chicken) today. Marie and I celebrated Danielle’s completion of SuperVision (UK’s mandatory course for supervisors) and the end of her new hire probationary period. The first thing I noticed were these chairs, the vinyl chair especially. We had a dining set of these retro vinyl chairs and matching retro table when I was really little. If I could find another set like it, that I could actually afford, I’d sure buy it. Until then, I’ll enjoy the chairs at Joella’s.

april 25, 2017

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“It costs $0.00 to be a decent person.” ~ Unknown

 

alert (snapseed)

 

Dad isn’t exactly tidy with sauces as evidenced by the matted goo in Wally’s head hair. Poor baby smelled of honey mustard sauce well into the evening, but to him, it was just another fragrance in his potpourri. I love this stinky little matted hair dog. He brings me more joy than words can describe. 

april 24, 2017

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“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” ~ Chief Seattle

 

rainy days and Mondays (snapseed)

 

Sometimes, when the clouds are just so, the light just right, the puddle just deep enough, sky and pavement combine to make something confusingly beautiful. Beauty is sometimes in the strangest places, isn’t it?

april 23, 2017

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“Be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.” ~ Chetan Bhagat

 

bald knob

 

For the last 40 years my parent’s house has been surrounded by thick woods. When the old man who owned the farm attached to the woods died, his children sold it to a young, energetic man eager for change. That’s been several years ago, and the young man has certainly changed the farm. For the most part, it’s been a gorgeous change, too. That change has finally now come to the wooded hill. All but a few of the beautiful trees are gone, which was quite a shock to see when I pulled up yesterday. The view is now squarely on the young man’s other business involving junk vehicles that he’d been keeping on the knob, and which the thick forest shielded from our sight, even in winter. Removing the forest is only the first step in this latest transformation of the young man’s farm. The second step involves building a house for the young man’s mother for which he has already cut a deep gash in the sandstone to support a new road and foundation. Our former forest will soon be her backyard. Change has come to stay on Mortgage Ridge, as mom jokingly called it. “Change” seems to be the theme of 2017 for many. It challenges us to keep a positive perspective. I will be forever grateful for the 40 year Forest; for its beauty, its solitude, its healing silence. And I’m glad that it will provide a home for this young man’s mother. Everyone deserve a beautiful home.

 

new view

 

april 22, 2017

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“Think positive and positive things will happen.” ~ Unknown

 

warding off the paparazzi

 

It was finally time for Ky Crafted: The Market. It was a totally rotten weather day; perfect to be inside soaking up lots of good art. I met Annie Bassoni, fellow art soaker upper, and off we went. We were on the lookout for a few people, and sure enough, we found them. Our first victim, I mean, friend encounter was the ever beautiful Deb Chenault. As usual, she shied away from my camera. Annie somehow thought that this silly symbol would stop me. pfffftttt We continued our meandering ways when we spotted Rebecca Campbell, sending Annie into recon mode looking for David so I could spring the paparazzi on him. It was not a successful mission for David saw us first. Nevertheless, a good time was had by all. It does my heart good to visit with my people however short the time. And visiting among art? As good a day as it gets in my book.

 

curses, foiled again!

april 21, 2017

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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
~ Thích Nhat Hanh

 

best man

 

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two years since Felipe Vogel left. I sang his praises in this post back in 2015 when he was leaving. Today, he stopped by and I was with it enough to grab a shot of him. A lot has happened for Felipe in these last two years. He graduates in a few weeks, for starters, and in August, he’ll be leaving for his next appointment in Africa. Felipe is the son of Missionaries, and he grew up in a small town on the edge of the Amazon. So, when he told me he was going to do similar work in Africa I was not surprised. He’ll be teaching through a mission called Rafiki, which means friend in Swahili. You can see this really great short film he made about what he’s doing. In typical Felipe style, he’s hilarious and entertaining about a topic close to his heart. He is one of the best people I’ve ever met, and I just know that he’s going to do great things in his life. I am so honored to know him.

 

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