september 15, 2019

“Soul work is not a high road. It’s a deep fall into an unforgiving darkness that won’t let you go until you find the song that sings you home.” ~ McCall Erickson Minnie Adkins is salt of the Earth and just as sweet as can be. She was at Pickin’ in the Park last weekend. Pam and I had a lovely visit with her, and she insisted we three have

september 13, 2019

“You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people you choose to be around.” ~ Tiny Buddha Whom better to introduce the fabulous Gurney Norman than his old hilarious buddy Ed McClanahan. It pleases me so much that their friendship has endured through all these many decades. I’m sure it pleases them, too. A good time was had by all.

september 9, 2019

“Peace doesn’t require two people; it requires only one. It has to be you. The problem begins and ends there.” ~ Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell     Remember from Gurney’s book release party I said I ran into some of my favorite writers and hillbillies, and some were both? Here’s one of those. That’s a gal-dern good picture of Robert Gipe, too, even if I did snap it. Some

september 8, 2019

“Try to remember, the greener grass across the fence may be due to septic issues.” ~ Unknown After Kenny’s funeral Thursday, I busted a move back to Lexington in time for Gurney’s book release party at the Carnegie Center. It was, as expected, a fabulous evening. The room was filled with all my favorite writers and hillbillies (sometimes they’re the same). I got to see some old friends I hadn’t

august 30, 2019

“Happiness means loving yourself and being less concerned with the approval of others.” ~ Owen Campbell, Jr.   Trevor Noah came to campus today as the inaugural opening for a year-long schedule of events to recognize the desegregation of the University of Kentucky. He made some very poignant, important points. He was totally worth the early morning arrival. I think Danielle enjoyed it, too.

august 22, 2019

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” ~ Audrey Hepburn Erin held her second book release reading this evening at the Carnegie Center. It’s a beautiful collection of personal stories called Cinderella Sweeping Up. I absolutely delight in her passion for the arts, the way she drives herself forward in making new work, celebrating her life

august 13, 2019

“Be a pineapple. Stand tall. Wear a crown. Be sweet on the inside.” ~ Unknown     I got a big surprise today when I saw BFF Jen Bartlett. She, Bryan, and Abby gifted me this fabulous wooden bowl being held by a turtle. They know me well, what with my love of turtles and all. I don’t know what I did to deserve such awesome friends but I sure

august 10, 2019

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable it is nor

july 12, 2019

“We meet no ordinary people in our lives. If you give them a chance, everyone has something amazing to offer.” ~ Unknown     The last two weeks have been especially tense around these parts for obvious reasons so I decided some self care was in order. I did what I do every year at this time and made my way to the Berea Craft Fair with Stacy Yelton, stopping

may 27, 2019

“No matter how little your light is, let it shine.” ~ Saji Ijiyemi     Deb took us by the former home of Churchill Weavers in Berea. If you’re not familiar, Churchill Weavers opened in the 1920’s by, who else – Mr. and Mrs. Churchill. They’d been missionaries in India where they came to respect finely woven materials. Back in Kentucky, Mr. Churchill built the looms and Mrs. Churchill provided