january 20, 2016

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“Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.” ~ Unknown

 

dinner mates
dinner mates

 

The Fun Girls from Mount Pilot (Stacy and I) and The Bartletts (Jen, Bryan, and Abigail) braved the evening cold and slippery roads for a round of ‘chime-eye-change-uhs’ (chimichangas) and margaritas. I can’t hear the word ‘chimichanga’ without thinking about Craig and Kelly Barnes and the ‘chime-eye-change-uh’. They were at a Mexican restaurant in the Carolinas when the couple seated behind them actually ordered a ‘chime-eye-change-uh’. The word is so buried in my head now that I have to order a ‘chimi’ for fear that I’ll actually say ‘chime-eye-change-uh’. Having shared this bit of hilarity amongst other favorites, the Fun Girls from Mount Pilot quite enjoyed the Bartlett dinner. We’ve all vowed to make it less than a year before we share a meal again.

november 1, 2015

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“The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit.
Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
~ James Allen

 

collage of happy
collage of happy

 

I had a guest register available at the reception. I didn’t realize I’d forgotten it until I went to bed Friday night. I attended All Saints Day service this morning and picked it up afterward. Sixty people attended Friday’s reception. Sixty people took time out of their lives to come see my work. Some I’d never met before Friday. Some sneaked in and out without my seeing them though they were kind enough to leave their signature. Some drove nearly two hours to be there. Some took off work. Some were recovering from major surgery. Some couldn’t stay long, and others stayed the whole time. Someone pointed out how many segments of my life were assembled in that room: family, close friends, old friends, new friends, co-workers, writers, actors, artists, musicians, librarians, bankers, software developers, railroad men, professors, social workers, therapists, pathologists, nutritionists, the list goes on. They’re not all represented in this collage, but I couldn’t think of a better way to have a group hug in the outhouse. Sixty people. I may be speechless for a week I’m so overcome with gratitude.

april 11, 2015

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“If you limit your choice only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.” ~ Robert Fritz

 

perfect eight
perfect eight

 

Abby Bartlett celebrated her eighth birthday. Yours truly was invited to her party today at Kid’s Place. I’d never been there before. It has a huge jungle gym. The Bartlett’s and I mused at the fact that we didn’t have any such place growing up. Our jungle gyms were the woods and the monkey bars at school.

 

trick candles...not
trick candles…not

 

These kids were inside and didn’t seem to suffer one bit from it. They had a blast. One of the funniest parts of the party was Abby trying to blow out her candles. I think she was just afraid to blow too hard. Before pizza and cake, though, the kids were busy playing games. This place is full of games. I don’t know what Abby’s favorite game was, but my favorite was photographing Abby and her friends in the photo booth.

 

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Abby is such a sweet girl. She’s smart and compassionate. I overheard one of the parents telling Jen, Abby’s mom, how she’s concerned that her daughter doesn’t read as well as Abby. Then, when the kids were high up in the jungle gym, one of Abby’s friends freaked out when a bridge she needed to cross suddenly looked scary. Abby went back for her, offering her hand. Bryan and Jen Bartlett are raising a truly wonderful child, and I’m certain she’ll grown into an incredible young lady, and fantastic adult. I’m so proud to know her. Her mom and dad ain’t too bad either. I’m so lucky to have them all in my life.

 

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november 22, 2014

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“Anyone can find fault. It is the wise person who finds that which encourages another in the turmoils and strifes of the day.” ~ Edgar Cayce

 

quick, out of the mall, batgirl!
quick, out of the mall, batgirl!

 

What a beautiful action packed day. The sun was out, and the temp was up. It was time to get out of the house. First thing, I had the great pleasure of seeing the most awesome massage therapist and friend Jennifer Ernst. I can never have a bad day after seeing her. She’s so sweet and good that I’ve felt high ever since. Then, I swung by Stacy Yelton’s lily pad, and off we went to – gasp – Fayette Mall. You can see how we feel about the place. We laughed until tears were rolling down our cheeks standing in the middle of the mall looking at this photo. I was snorting. People were staring. It was totally worth the crowds and traffic just for that moment. We were there for a late lunch with Bryan and Jen Bartlett at the new Cheesecake Factory. I’d never eaten there. I still haven’t, what with an insane two-hour wait list. I could get the leaves in my yard mulched in that time, which was precisely what I did after we saved ourselves from the madness and dined instead at Abby Bartlett’s favorite restaurant, Ramsey’s. This family – I love them so –  They are so darned delightful, and creative, and funny that I wish we could hang out more. This gets chalked up to one fantastic day!

 

making great things happen
making great things happen

march 1, 2014

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Should you ever find yourself the victim of other peoples bitterness, smallness, or insecurities, remember things could be much worse… you could be them.” ~ Unknown

the kid's table
the kid’s table

It was a much overdue lunch with The Bartletts. Big Daddy Bartlett calls Stacy and me ‘The Fun Girls from Mt. Pilot.‘ He totally cracks me up, and makes me feel really, really special. Our conversations are fun and funny, and Abby is always the hit of the party. Jen and Bryan are such creative people. They’re both in radio (when Jen’s not being the best reference librarian ever) and I really wish we could think of a way for the four of us to create something cool together. We will. It’s just a matter of time. I’m so lucky to have this sweet family in my life. I just don’t get to see them enough. March comes in like a lamb.

cheese
cheese

november 27, 2013

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The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

abby at six
abby at six

I had a huge surprise today. Who should appear in my office doorway, none other than Abigail Bartlett. She’ll be seven in April, but right now she’s six and very busy losing teeth. The tooth fairy, I learned, has kept up with inflation, and paying a tidy sum for each loss. Abby, being the adorable child she is, knows exactly what to do when a camera appears. Our girl Abs isn’t only interested in being in front of the camera, she’s very interested in being behind the camera as well. I think she did a great job with this picture of her mom, Jen. I hope she remembers me when’s she’s a famous photographer.

mom in the door
mom in the door, by Abby Bartlett