february 3, 2019

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“What we have to be is what we are.” ~ Thomas Merton




Yesterday was Groundhog Day. It was also Hero and Shero’s 56th wedding anniversary. Today, we met for a delicious brunch. Dad liked telling the waitress that this was their one year anniversary. We all laughed, because it was such an obvious lie, as if the twinkle in his eye didn’t give it away on its own. We saw a lot of people we knew so we had great visits with all of them and with each other. The weather was stunningly perfect, too. Don’t they look good? They’ve had a bad couple of years of late, but they’ve both been feeling pretty good recently. Winter months can be hard for the older generations, especially if they’re prone to illness, but these two have weathered the cold exceptionally well. I, for one, am exceedingly grateful to celebrate them once more. They give me hope that one day my hair will be a beautiful white, too. 

february 2, 2017

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“Our days are happier when we give people a piece of our heart instead of a piece of our mind.”
~ Unknown




Our super hero power couple celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. Tony Adkins, whom you met just last month, brought them pizza, and peanuts, and a movie at lunchtime. I heard tell the three of them got their bellies full then slept the afternoon away. God bless Tony for looking after them the way he does. I don’t know what I’d do without him. Last night, I reckon the Mennonites heard it was their Anniversary, so they stopped by to sing and visit for a while. Talk about good people. If you want anything fixed or built in Morgan County, that’s who to call. Top-notch craftsmanship, and honest as the day is long. Their visit really put a pep in mom and dad’s steps. As for me, I forgot to send them a card for a second year in a row. But I did post an anniversary picture of them on facebook this morning that’s now gotten more responses than everything I posted in 2016 combined. You see, our power couple wins the award for most popular couple as well. We’re going to celebrate mom’s birthday and this anniversary later, when it’s warm, so we settled for a phone call for now. I’m thankful to have them to call.


february 2, 2012

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Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” ~ Roger Miller

an artist's champion

The only person who supports me and my artistic endeavors as much as my mother is Stacy Yelton (above). If you know my mother, then, you know this is really saying something.  When I feel like giving up or giving in, I see me through her eyes and think, “maybe I ought to listen to her”. After all, she’s almost always right.

Today, at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, I had the great pleasure to address one of the most kind and intelligent groups I have ever talked to; the Southern Humanities Council. Stacy went along and, although she was not a guest speaker, the group knew her by name, too, by the time we left. It was a fantastic experience for the both of us.

a new friend

Yes, I took this myself so, it counts for the outhouse! I’m posting it here for two reasons; 1. is for my good friend Mary Carroll-Hackett who couldn’t be with us this year (imagine we’re both saying “Hi Mary, we miss you!!!”), and 2. this is one of the sweetest men I have ever met; my new friend Mark Ledbetter. We met in person for the first time today, but I adored him long before this. I think we shall always be great friends.

from the back

Finally, a shot from the backside of the Cathedral of the Assumption. We passed by this lovely cathedral on our way to the Seelbach. Besides the ornate roof, clock tower, and crosses, they had a very lovely garden lined with river birch that shadowed an enormous portrait of Fr. Thomas Merton and the Dalai Lama. Between this, my traveling companion, my new friends, incredible conversation, totally gorgeous weather, and my parent’s 49th wedding anniversary (only they would marry on Groundhog Day), I just don’t think I could have asked for more.

If this is a dream, don’t wake me.