august 22, 2018

“Here’s what I thought when I went out tonight to visit with the stars. I thought, I feel sad for those humans who live in a binary world, everything is either good or bad, right or wrong. Tonight, my outside world was misty, shaded and magical. As others have said before me, there is a great cloud of unknowing. I’m comfortable with that. That’s what I thought.” ~ Ken Bailey  

august 20, 2018

“We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right.” ~ Aretha Franklin     Meet Katie Swartz. I met Katie when she graciously gave Annie and I refuge in her tent when the rains began. I tried my best to help her lower the sides of her tent without knocking over her displays with my backpack. Last year Annie had bought one

september 27, 2017

“Don’t let the stuff of life obscure the radiant light that shines from within you.” ~ Terry A. Gordon     Rebecca Campbell is one of the most gifted artists I know. She makes exquisite dolls and assorted figures in a really unique, soft, inviting style. Over the years, you’ve seen me stalk her husband, David, with my camera, but he was ill during the Sorghum Festival. That meant poor

may 12, 2017

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

january 31, 2017

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

september 10, 2016

“Trust in your journey. You’re on the right track.” Unknown     Today was Cannel City’s Pickin In The Park. Much like Market in the Park in West Liberty, this little art and music festival lasted only the day. Not far from my table again was Minnie Adkins. If you follow art at all, then you’ll know that Minnie is one of the most cherished folk artists in the country.

march 12, 2016

“All complaints about life today will be ignored unless they are submitted in the format of elegant haiku poetry.” ~ Dr. SunWolf     Lori-Lyn Hurley is one of the most eloquent speakers I know. From lunch conversation to contemplative dialogue, she is thoughtful and succinct in everything she says. We’ll add that to her laundry list of talents. I had the honor of being in a discussion with her today at ArtsPlace

november 16, 2013

“Through all of living have much joy and laughter, life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley The mail lady placed the package on my porch. I couldn’t imagine what it was. Physically, I wasn’t feeling my best, and the week had brought some heart wrenching news to the family, so my spirit was troubled with concern. My friend, Duane Adams, recently tried his hand at blacksmithing

september 8, 2013

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.” ~ Helen Keller This time of year my sedum begins to turn deep pink. Bees adorn the blush plateau like gemstones gobbling up the last of season’s nectar. Some people are like sedum. Like bees to sedum, we’re drawn to them because they’re kind, intelligent, creative, and fun. They are god’s nectar. Pam Oldfield Meade is

january 26, 2012

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~ Marcel Proust Cliff Sullivan is a gardener for many of us at work. He makes us laugh. He makes us think. He is a genuinely good man that people want to be around. Below, he’s working on historic newspapers, but when he’s not, he’s busy creating beautiful works of art. Cliff