december 28, 2017

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“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

art

 

I did some Christmas shopping at the Bread Box. It’s a section of the old Rainbow Bread factory where artists now have studios. The other section is West Sixth Brewery. A couple of weeks before Christmas the Bread Box held an artist’s market and invited artists who don’t have studios in the building to join in. It was a gorgeous day, so I took pictures outside the building instead. I don’t know the artist of this piece, but I really love its fluidity. I especially appreciate the scale. And, of course, I love the Little Free Library at the corner. It was a very successful shopping day; brewery, artist studios, art, and free books. What’s not to love?

 

looking west

november 21, 2017

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“Don’t lower your standards to fit in. Don’t shrink who you are to make other people comfortable.”
~ Unknown

 

sweet soul (snapseed)

 

I saw Charlotte Webb for a hair cut, but for the first time since I’ve known her, and the first time in my life, I also had a facial. Charlotte specializes in facials, but when we met 25+ years ago she was strictly doing hair. A severe allergy to color forced her to change direction, but my lack of self-pampering didn’t follow, though she did continue to cut my hair. After the stress of flying last week, followed by more stress when I got home, I decided I needed some self care. I called Charlotte, and for more than three hours tonight we talked and laughed and pampered. Shoot, my hands even got the paraffin treatment. I simply adore Charlotte, and this evening of spa fun was just what the doctor ordered. I’m ready for the holidaze now!

october 25, 2017

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“When the past calls let it go straight to voicemail, because it has nothing new to say.” ~ Unknown

 

success

 

Meet Faith Harders. Faith is a Librarian in the Design Library. About a year ago she discovered that Don Galloway was a graduate of UK’s Theater program and a native of Brooksville, KY. If you don’t know his name, you might recognize his face (those of a certain age won’t recognize either). Galloway is best known as Sgt. Ed Brown on Ironside. He went on to do two Perry Mason movies with Ironside star Raymond Burr. He also had roles on TV, in particular General Hospital as Buzz Stryker, and he played husband to JoBeth Williams’ character in the hit movie The Big Chill, one of my all-time favorites. 

 

success #2

 

Faith was so excited by the Galloway discovery that she wanted to pursue an oral history project about him. Galloway died in 2009 at the age of 71, but there were still plenty of fellow actors and family members to talk to. She deposited 14 interviews with us a couple of months ago. She then petitioned the university to erect a flag in his honor. These flags are common around campus except they usually depict successful businessmen, engineers, or doctors. There are very few commemorating arts graduates. In fact, this is the only one I know of. Yesterday, we made the Don Galloway Oral History Project interviews accessible online. I sent Faith an email saying as much, and I offered congratulations on the flag. It turned out that she didn’t know her petition for the flag had been successful, and this morning I received an enthusiastic, “I’m going to look at it right now,” email. I grabbed my camera in hopes of catching her at the flag, and sure enough, I did. Faith is a perfect example of what can happen when you have a great idea and follow it through. I’m so proud of her, and I’m really pleased to see the arts getting some UK love.

 

success #3

september 13, 2017

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“When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” ~ Ellen DeGeneres

 

glass

 

This gorgeous piece of glass art by Dale Chihuly was gifted to Keeneland from Makers Mark. It’s on display in the Keeneland Library. Chihuly’s work is eye catching to say the least. It can be incredibly complicated even in a seemingly simple form. I’ve never seen a piece of his work that’s boring. It’s always very fluid and colorful like this one. I do giggle from time to time. Each individual piece – on its own – reminds me of something sculpture professor Gary Bibbs drilled into our heads (for those of us in his classes); one does not want to make work that could be used as a candy dish. But my giggles soon fade when I consider the intricacies of the work, and the interconnectedness of each form to the others. It’s far from a candy dish. I really want to see Chihuly’s large installation piece at Makers Mark distillery. I’ve seen photos and it looks pretty incredible. Art makes my soul sing.

august 4, 2017

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“The politics of Jesus in 5 words: Love your neighbor as yourself.
In 3 words: Love your neighbor. In 1 word: Love.”
~ Nathan Hamm

 

art

 

One advantage to spending time at UK Chandler Hospital is the art. Last night, when mom was moved back to her room from Good Sam (where the surgery took place), I was walking from the parking garage when I noticed this sculpture for the first time. I hadn’t noticed it in the daytime, but with the street light against the sunset sky, it popped out like it was the only thing I could see. I didn’t notice who the artist was, and I didn’t read the entire quote inscribed on the base, but I loved the work. 

 

art in moonlight

 

Our Shero continues to do well, better than expected, in fact: no temp, clear lungs, great vitals, good color. She had a hard time with the anesthesia, as she typically does, but they finally got her settled by this evening. Reinette Jones came to see her this morning, and this evening she still remembered. Pretty impressive for somebody that’s been filleted like a fish. I’m feeling less nervous about her condition today. He medical team, lead by Dr. Swaghert, is just brilliant. Between him and Dr, Silby, I believe our Shero will be dancing a jig in no time. So very grateful.

 

sunset

may 12, 2017

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“Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

 

sweeties

 

Lori-Lyn Hurley had an opening reception this evening at St. Raphael’s gallery. Her beautiful paintings lined the gallery walls in few but mighty numbers. I’m so proud of her for doing the work she loves and putting it out there for the world to enjoy and appreciate. And that man of hers, Tracy; still one of the finest human beings ever. The two of them together fill me with more joy than should be allowed, and any time in their presence is a gift. I got an unexpected treat at the reception, too. Stacy and I met St. Raphael’s interim rector Rev. Karen Booth. She was engaging and her story was very familiar. She has a BA in fine art photography from EKU (who does that sound like?); and she left the church for a time before coming back to earn her Masters of Divinity. I don’t have the latter, of course, but I do identify with why one would take an extended break from organized religion. It’s amazing to me how many people I know who have had similar experiences. They’re brought up in the church, leave or become disillusioned for one reason or another, and then called to return. Most if not all are the most genuine, compassionate Christians I’ve ever known, so there was little surprise that I connected with Rev. Booth. I got to see two of my favorite people, hang out with Stacy, and meet a new awesome person. I win Friday.

 

shining stars

 

january 31, 2017

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“The Lord will bless you for being kind to people.” ~ Reva Hubbard

 

flash from the past (snapseed)

 

Last night as I was pouring over Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk, relishing the ancient art of vinyl album covers, something caught my eye. Tusk is an elaborate vinyl package, even among double albums. There are slips inside slips inside the outside cover. Of particular interest were the outer (or middle) slips. Instantly, it was 1979 and I was back in my tiny bedroom, sitting on the floor in front of a second-hand stereo, where I scoured the intricate collages for hours. Now, they reminded me of Peter Beard‘s work. In 1993, I came across a book called “The Adventures and Misadventures of Peter Beard in Africa” by Jon Bowermaster. It captured my attention for two reasons: 1. Beard is a fascinating artist known primarily for his collage diaries (he sometimes uses his own blood to draw on them) and 2. I’ve loved Africa since early childhood, particularly Kenya where Beard has a home called The Hog Ranch. As Tusk continued to spin its quirky pop tunes, I pulled out my copy of the book. I rifled through the pages, memories flying back to me; Beard’s friendship with Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen who wrote the autobiographic Out of Africa, one of my all-time favorite books), the sheer beauty of Africa, the shame of big game killers, the privileged life that afforded Beard such an adventure that most people, certainly most artists, could never have. And then I saw it: a photo from one of the Tusk collages. Beard made the collages for Tusk. I knew about Peter Beard before the Bowermaster book. He’s listed on Tusk’s credits. As someone who used to absorb every piece of information from albums, the connection between Beard and Tusk had been buried in my brain all these decades, subconsciously rolling around, waiting to resurface. It was a beautiful moment to reconnect with these two things I loved so much when I was younger. I hope one day I’ll have the opportunity to go to Kenya and Tanzania, roam the Masai Mara Wildlife Reserve, and wake up “at the foot of the Ngong Hills.” What a blessing that would be, but it certainly doesn’t diminish the blessings Tusk and Peter Beard have given me for decades. I’m lucky that they’ve come back home.

 

pure art (snapseed)

november 26, 2016

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“Never deny or waste an opportunity to be kind to others, even if some people have been unkind to you.
The two are not related.” ~ Unknown

 

Tom's outhouse (snapseed)
Tom’s outhouse (snapseed)

 

This is no ordinary outhouse. This is a Tom Whitaker outhouse; one of the finest Appalachian artists ever. And it’s not just any old Tom Whitaker outhouse print, but a gift from my old friend Tony Adkins. I’ve known Tony my whole life. He was my Uncle Ralph Paul’s best friend. He lives just down the road from mom and dad. He has really been a blessing to them, and to me, over the years. Little did I know he’d been following the outhouse until one day this appeared at my house, matted and framed (hence the reflection on the print). I’ve wanted a Tom Whitaker print for years, and suddenly there it was: an outhouse from Tony. I must be living right.

november 11, 2016

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“Please be kind to one another and all creatures. I’m asking this of you and of myself.”
~ Lori-Lyn Hurley

 

sunset (snapseed)
sunset (snapseed)

 

My goodness, what a gorgeous sunset we were blessed with this evening in the Bluegrass. I had a rare opportunity to see it because I’m in the UK Albert B. “Happy” Chandler Medical Center. I’ve sort of mentioned being here for the last couple of days. Here’s why: Aunt Janet fell and broke her hip on Tuesday. She had a partial replacement yesterday. She’s on the mend now, and doing great. She’s a tough ‘ol bird, let me tell ya! The new section of the med center (below) is beautiful and full of art as I’ve mentioned before. It’s really nice to be in a pretty place like this. I mean, if you’ve gotta spend this much time in the hospital, it’s uplifting to be surrounded by beauty. But let’s not overlook the true beauty of this place. UK Med has the most incredible staff I’ve ever met. From the young man that brings the food, to the surgeon, the nurses, the attendants, right down to the guy that mops the floor: they’re all as beautiful as the art. What a blessing to have such a fantastic facility. And to call these people neighbors is icing on the cake. We’re a lucky family.

 

the lobby (snapseed)
the lobby (snapseed)

 

november 9, 2016

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“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist,
or accept the responsibility for changing them.” ~ Denis Waitley

 

home (snapseed)
home (snapseed)

 

Sometimes you just have a bad day. So far, every day this week has been pretty crappy in my little corner of the universe. And by crappy I mean everything from income to election to hospital to fleas-on-the-dog crappy. This is the kind of week where finding the cheery side has taken some work, but ya know what? I’m human, and it’s okay to have a bad time of things. I’m hardly alone in this. I still find things to be grateful for, and that is, after all, my goal every day. For example, UK’s Chandler Medical Center has great art, like this permanent installation by Louis Zoellar Bickett called The Kentucky Dirt Project: 120 Counties. It’s just beside the dining facility. You wouldn’t necessarily understand what you’re looking at if you didn’t really stop to look. Kentucky has more counties than any other state its size except for Texas. But then, Texas is three times bigger so… In any case, it’s amazing to see the different hues of dirt from one end of this state to the other. I found it a good antidote for a post-election hangover. I love the state of my birth; the state of my ancestors – up to seven generations in some cases, and I really appreciate Louis’ poetic artwork that pays tribute to it. 

 

120 (snapseed)
120 (snapseed)
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