“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”
~ Henry Miller
I finally found time to go through the pictures I took when Sharon was here. I came across this image. It is exactly what I think of when I think of Sharon. Well, this plus her love of high-heel shoes and big, dangly earrings, but I didn’t photograph those.
“One of the best lessons you can learn in life is to master how to remain calm.” ~ Unknown
I’d planned a photo of Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters for today’s post. They were scheduled to play Rupp Arena tonight. Unfortunately, they had a family emergency and cancelled the show. I’m really sorry something happened so bad that they had to cancel. It’s not an easy decision to cancel a show. It’s been a bad October for a lot of people. Earlier this week old friend Leon Briggs passed. He was loved by so many wonderful people in Oklahoma because he was really a one-of-a-kind guy. I’m thankful to have known him. Today, I got this beautiful sympathy card for Uncle Greg from rental sister Kelly Barnes. She knows plenty about grief with her father passing last October. (what is it about October?). I adore my rental sisters. They lift my spirits all the time. Whatever happened, I hope the Foo Fighters get lots of spirit lifting in the days ahead.
“We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine.” ~ Dwight L. Moody
Though it is mid-October when we should be settling in with a big pot of chili and bonfire, instead, in Kentucky at least, we’re wearing t-shirts, flip-flops, and living with the AC on. Such a climatological delay provides unique beauty. I enjoy being part of it.
I love dead or dying trees. I seem to notice them more than I used to. Their forms stand in contrast to their leafy brethren, like a skeleton in a classroom. I hate to see a dead tree that’s old, but even it’s still a starkly beautiful form. Such is the circle of life. Beauty everywhere.
“When you are generous, sometimes people will take advantage. You may be respectful and yet some people will still be unkind. You may be a good person, and some people will nonetheless still treat you terribly… How you treat others is really about who you choose to be in this life… That’s how the world changes — one brave person like you being kind.” ~ Bryant McGill
Our Shero is surrounded by her three boys after an action packed day. For the first time since her accident she was able to take our Hero to one of his appointments. It made them both happy, and it makes me happy that she was able to regain her independence. They’ve both still got a lot of appointments over the next six weeks, but things are getting better. I count four blessings on my couch.
“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” ~ Bob Marley
Lo and behold, our Shero has been released to drive once more. Her PT recovery has been remarkable by any measure, let alone her age and what happened. We went to the large parking lot across the way to make sure she was comfy behind the wheel of her new Rav4. She was more than comfy. She was elated and gracious and thankful and happy. And those things are worth everything. Go Shero go!
“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” ~ TinyBuddha
The Sara Holroyd Singers sang the bulk of yesterday’s performance at a huge black barn on a ridge at Shakertown. I had never been to that part of the property before. The view was incredible, as you can see, and the vibe for music was outstanding. They ought to do more music there, and I ought to do more photos, especially during a thunderstorm. I bet it’s spectacular! It was pretty spectacular on a hot October day for sure.
“What was true yesterday may not be true today. Be. Here. Now. Grow, change, evolve.”
~ Timber Hawkeye
I had the most inspiring day with the soulful voices of the Sara Holroyd Singers (SHS). You might recall meeting Sara back in August. I said then that she had been a beloved choral prof at UK, and here’s a little proof of that. SHS was started by the stunningly gracious Reneé Collins, and features other alumni like her who studied under Sara. I highly recommend checking out their website because Reneé and her partner, Warren Cobb; an equally awesome dude, have done a fantastic job pulling together interview and performance videos of Sara and the group.
Today, as part of a Gathering of Songfarmer’s at Shakertown, SHS sang a selection of Shaker Worship songs that they first sang with Sara many years ago. I’m told they also danced the Shaker dances back then, but they declined to do so today. Don’t let that “many years ago” fool you, however. As you can see above, they’ve still got a lot of get up and go even without the dance routine. Vocally, I can’t imagine that they were any better then than they were today. It was as if the angels sang.
I can’t say enough great things about Reneé (below). Not only has she put together the Sara Holroyd Singers (A Room 17 Production), she also spearheads the Sara Holroyd Oral History Project. Her day job is consulting for The Office of Institutional Diversity at UK. I’ve taken her Unconscious Bias workshop, and I can honestly say it was the most informative workshop I’ve ever attended. But that’s not at all surprising given how gifted, outgoing, and warm-hearted she is. Reneé embodies the hopeful, joyous spirit Sara imparted to all her students, and it shines bright as the sun.
I got to make a few new friends today as well, like fellow photog Randy (who’s last name I can’t remember to save my life). His wife played the part of Mother Ann, and he does photography mostly as a hobby. Randy and I had a great talk about gear in between sets, and he really came to the rescue when the group decided they wanted a photo on the famous Shaker staircase after flash mobbing dining guests with a song. Naturally, I didn’t have my flash (because I rarely do). Thankfully Randy had his. So this super sweet guy saved the day, or at least that shot. I met many kind hearts like Randy’s today. They gave me a wonderful few hours filled with exquisite singing that the Shakers themselves would have adored. I couldn’t ask for a better day in better company.
“You can have it all. Just not all at once.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
I had the great pleasure of meeting Catherine Brereton’s parents and youngest brother, Joe, tonight. They’re here from Britain for the Bluegrass experience. There was a large group assembled at Lynagh’s Irish Pub hoping a fiddle would appear so that Catherine’s mom, Fliss, could make her American debut with Liam’s Fancy. Alas, it was not meant to be, but that didn’t stop our intrepid visitor from joining the band. She was the life of the party, and just as kind as she could be (no surprise given how kind Catherine is). I hope this isn’t the only time I get to see them because I really enjoyed our all-too-brief visit. And you never know; maybe I’ll get to hear Fliss play a reel before she flies back across the pond. I’m holding out hope.