october 13, 2015

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“Be who you needed when you were younger.” ~ Unknown


the old guys are where it's at
the old guys are where it’s at


I saw the tall guy in tie-dye walking through the crowd on his way to meet up with his buddies. I had to restrain myself from walking right up to him, camera in hand, snapping all the way. I don’t know who he is but I adored him the second I saw him. As luck would have it, his buddies were standing next to me. As soon as he stepped into the circle the music fired up. They were great, and I whipped out my camera. There’s just nothing I like better than some good music, art, and a skinny man in tie-dye. It was all so Lance Hughes I felt his big ‘ol arms hugging me as I stood in the crowd. It still makes me smile.


who doesn't love a washtub bass?
who doesn’t love a washtub bass?

october 11, 2015

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“Remember when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received only what you have given: a heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.”
~ St. Francis of Assisi


happy, shiny people
happy, shiny people


Deb Chenault (right) is responsible for a lot of happiness in my life. She included me in her Happiness Project gang years ago that has since shaped my social calendar quite joyfully. More importantly, however, are the women Deb brought into the group who have shown support of my work, and me personally, in a way that’s nearly indescribable. My love and appreciation for Deb’s friendship, artistry, and heart have only grown over time. She shared with Stacy and I tickets to attend this weekend’s art fair in Berea where I met her kind friend whose name I no longer remember (it’s a problem I’ve always had). Deb has many friends, and many loyal customers. Her work is beautiful like their maker. It seems one can never say ‘thank you’ enough to friends like Deb. She’s a keeper.


reflections of
reflections of

july 11, 2014

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“Worry is interest paid on trouble before it is due.” ~ Miriam Makeba


onto the trail
trail head


Today, I was in Berea for the Berea Craft Fair. It’s held each July about three miles outside of town at Indian Fort Theater. This is also where the trail head to Indian Fort Mountain is located. The mountain is said to be a sacred ceremonial site, but that’s as much a guess as the Hopewell Indians are said to have been the inhabitants. I even read a report suggesting it was an early Gaelic fort, built by the legendary Welsh Prince Madoc. I hadn’t heard this legend before today. Berea College owns the mountain as part of its forest assets, which as it turns out, is one of the oldest managed private forests in the country. They’ve had it since 1898. This, too, was news to me. I didn’t have time to hike the trail, but I’m going back in the fall. What a gorgeous time that will surely be.

july 13, 2012

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Anything is possible if you believe you deserve it.” ~ Shirley MacLaine

hanging around

Every July, Stacy Yelton and I go to the arts festival at Indian Fort Theater in Berea. It’s my favorite of the festivals. I feel surrounded by creativity beyond measure. The mossy, organic wet wood aroma reminds me of Lance so strongly that I could swear he walked beside me today. Who am I to say that he didn’t.