october 14, 2019

“Once you’ve been in the dark you learn to appreciate everything that shines.” ~ Unknown Not all stories are verbal and I guess that’s one reason I love photography so much. I see a story in every photo I post, but especially so in the top photo. I love great verbal stories, too. All kinds of stories. Ghost/alien/Bigfoot stories are among my favorites, and these boys and gals (below) tell

october 12, 2019

“Don’t forget to tell yourself positive things daily! You must love yourself internally to glow externally.” ~ Hannah Bronfman Home with the bff in the golden hour Oklahoma light. 

october 28, 2018

“Showing another human being love, kindness, and appreciation cost us nothing and can mean the world to someone else.” ~ Kitrina Kelly     The music and love continued.

october 27, 2018

“Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.”  ~ Sir Edmund Hillary     The Fall Ball brought so many beautiful people to the 2-Pony Ranch that I hardly sat down for snapping and talking and snapping some more. But one of the highlights of the night for me was the reuniting of Angie

august 30, 2016

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” ~ Lao Tzu     Always thinking of me, Angie sent this special Cherokee National Holiday t-shirt with a card signed, “Just because.” For years Angie has sent gifts ‘just because.’ It’s a wonderful thing to do to let people know you’re thinking of them; a wonderful example to follow, which I try to do. A few weeks ago, the stunning photo album below

june 3, 2016

“Do not become a stranger to yourself by blending in with everyone else.” ~ Unknown     The picture below was taken last week by Angie Bliss Fanning after we had dinner with Barb Plested and Pam Thurman. Angie posted the photo on facebook, and someone unknown to me commented on my “Yale” t-shirt…adding that he personally preferred Duke. (He clearly didn’t realize I was from Kentucky) Anyway, earlier at dinner

may 31, 2016

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“Never blame anyone in your life. Good people give you happiness. Bad people give you experience. Worst people give you a lesson and best people give you memories.” ~ Unknown     One of the places I used to go all the time when I lived in Oklahoma was The Tubs, also known as Bathtub Rock. This particular day they were running quite low. Nevertheless, the deep pool at the bottom was

may 30, 2016

“Wake up. Smile and tell yourself: Today is my day.” ~ Unknown     I promised you’d meet Shelly Womack and here she is skipping rocks on the Illinois River. Angie’s been telling me how awesome Shelly is for a while now. She was right. Shelly is extremely creative and very sweet with her time. After Jerry died, she made Angie a quilt from his old t-shirts. She’s even helping husband/partner

may 28, 2016

“From love the soul learns a thousand lessons that can never be learned in schools.” ~ Rumi     Before Angie and I had dinner with The Rickeys on Thursday, we spent the day with Pam Kingfisher. You might recall Pam was in Lexington back in January for a Field to Table food conference. I always have some of the best conversations with her and I was afraid I wasn’t going

may 25, 2016

“Positive mind. Positive vibes. Positive life.” ~ Unknown     I got so lucky the day I met Pam Thurman and Barbara Plested. Lance introduced us, and frankly, as much as he bragged on them, he didn’t come close to just how incredible they are. I got lucky again today when Angie and I managed to hook up with them for dinner as they were passing through Tahlequah on their