march 22, 2013

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You don’t find the time, you make the time. Create time for what matters most and what brings you joy.” ~ Aine Belton

when cute goes wrong
when cute goes wrong

I started my day with a presentation to my library colleagues. Then, I high-tailed it to West Liberty for Career Day with the middle schoolers. There, I talked about my jobs as librarian and artist, how I came to do both, what education was necessary to make them happen, and other things that might help them understand careers in the arts and humanities. This young man was awesome. Dylan Shackelford was his name I believe. He was encouraging to me and to his classmates, although I raised my eyebrow when his career choice was to be in a band and work at Taco Bell. I assured him that was a very real possibility if he insisted on being in a band. I was speaking from experience after all. They were all great kids, and it was a true honor to spend time with them. Warmed my heart beyond measure.

students as teachers
students as teachers

march 12, 2013

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Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality, and likes that turned into love.” ~ Unknown

rental niece never removed
rental niece never removed

Liz Murphy is one of my favorite people ever. She’s smart, funny, hip, and loves, loves, loves music. She loves music so much that she earned a masters in Entertainment Business (I think) from Full Sail University. Now, she’s looking for her place in the world. The world is your oyster, Liz. Shuck it!

don't steal the chopsticks
don’t steal the chopsticks

february 3, 2013

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‎”The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.
~ David Viscott

bozo band
bozo band (instagram)

The band discovered Google Hangout effects. We’ve got Bozo on bass, bearded John Cleese Dr. Seuss on vox, Devil on drums, and Pirate Pete on guitar. We’re thinking album cover. I laughed till tears welled up in my eyes. I love these people so much and cannot wait until we’re in the same room, but at the same time I am incredibly grateful for the technology that allows us to meet, share ideas, and make music from all corners of the Earth.

january 25, 2013

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You must understand the whole of life, not just one part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies. That is why you must sing and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

outstanding outhouse (snapseed)
outstanding outhouse (snapseed)

When Dan Kibler’s not out finding the rarest, coolest art around (think LeRoy Neiman, for example), he’s busy writing killer pop songs with hooks big enough for a whale. In the mail today came a t-shirt printed with the cover of his latest CD (a photo by yours truly). Tucked inside was this negative of an unknown woman standing inside an outhouse. It gave me a great, big belly laugh. I’ve added it to the outhouse’s growing fan collection.

july 21, 2012

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Conflict cannot survive without your participation.” ~ Wayne Dyer

I’m so glad we had this time together

I’m starting my trip down Weight Watcher Lane on Monday. To go out the fat door with a bang(er), me and Stacy Yelton waddled to The Pub for dinner. Our premise for going out at all was Beth Burden; a woman with a voice as silky as The Pub’s Jamaican Cheesecake. It had been way too long since I’d last heard her sing. The look on her face when she realized who was behind the camera was totally worth the 2500 calories. I won’t wait so long to hear this songbird again, although I’ll have a salad next time, I’m sure.

june 23, 2012

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No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

beautiful music

Saturday with dear friends, looking at great art, eating good food, and listening to soothing music by Warren Byrom at Francisco’s Farm art festival makes for a brilliant day. Midway: I’ve fallen head over heels in love with you.

catching the train

june 16, 2012

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Good things are coming down the road, just don’t stop walking.” ~ Unknown

a kinder soul

Could anything make the weekend better after meeting my friend Mary? Only one thing and that was also meeting my friend, Ken Bailey, for the first time in person. Some people come into your life through unusual avenues, but their light shines as bright as if they had walked through your front door. Ken Bailey, like Mary, is one of those people. I also met his son, singer-songwriter Daniel Bailey. He’s as kind and warm as his dad and they’re both SO funny! As a bonus, Mary, Cricket, and Stacy Yelton were along for the ride. If there was any more goodness and light today I think it would have to be the light – it was just that awesome and I am just that thankful!

the sun

may 31, 2012

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If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music.
~ Thomas Carlyle

singing shoes

People come into your life when you need them. They nurture you. They guide you. They listen to you. They scold you. They love you. Mentors. Your paths merge for a time; maybe a short time, maybe forever. Regardless of how the paths separate, there’s no denying your life – and theirs, too, probably – is richer for the journey. I’m a very lucky woman in that both of these mentors are still in my life. To say thanks would fall painfully short of their gifts. So, I’ll just share their pictures and let you fill in the rest.

outlasting the jerks

Happy retirement Becky Ryder! (above) Welcome back to your destiny, Kiya Heartwood! (below)

happiness personified

may 30, 2012

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If we all threw our problems into one big pile and saw everyone else’s, we would probably quickly grab our own back.” ~ Lori at Hippie Peace Freaks

we should all be so happy

On the heels of my 2-Pony gathering comes my sister from another mother, Kiya Heartwood. She’s touring on her first solo CD in nearly 20 years. She has a gig in Lexington tomorrow night at Natasha’s. Me and this ‘ol gal have been through the war together; the music business war, that is. We got beaten and banged in battle but, they didn’t kill us, try as they might. It’s true what they say: that which does not kill us, makes us stronger. It’s also the tie that binds.

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