october 28, 2015

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“The path isn’t a straight line. It’s a spiral.
You continually come back to the things you thought you understood and see deeper truths.”
~ Unknown

 

the author
the author

Kate Black’s Row by Row: Talking with Kentucky Gardeners was recently published. Tonight, she did a reading and book signing at Morris Books. I missed the reading (work sure gets in the way sometimes) but I got there just in time to buy the last copy. It’s pretty awesome to have a sell-out crowd. Kate is reluctant to be photographed, but she quite willingly smiled for this one. That’s a sure sign of happiness.

 

signing
signing

 

Kate and I were co-workers until she retired in 2013. Two weeks ago, she gave an impressive presentation on Row by Row at the Oral History Association conference in Tampa. The following day, she and I took the river walk to a local eatery for some lunch. I got to know more about Kate in that hour than I had in the whole twelve years we worked together (to be fair, our work paths didn’t cross often). Our talk was a highlight of the conference for me, and I was honored to get to know Kate outside the confines of work. I feel like I made a friend.

 

when one doesn't like the camera
when one doesn’t like the camera

 

And then there’s Deirdre Scaggs, current co-worker and Row by Row’s photographer. Deirdre has become so accustomed – aggravated, annoyed, and other adjectives – to my camera that this is now her normal reaction when she sees me.  What you don’t see is the warm smile and giggle that follows. She’s a big kidder, so I take her stuck out tongue as a sign of friendship and trust. After I post this, however, the latter may no longer apply. (takes one to know one, as they say) It was a fun evening and I’m so proud of these women for their good works. I feel fortunate to be among them.

may 31, 2015

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Mark Twain

 

two great folks (snapseed)
two great folks (snapseed)

 

I found out my friend Robert Gipe, author of Trampoline, was reading today at Morris Book Shop. Annie Bassoni agreed to meet me there. We enjoyed Robert’s easy manner as he brought his characters to life with his natural southern mountain drawl. I even ran into Nick Stump whom I hadn’t seen in more than a month of Sundays. In fact, every time I see Robert lately I also see other favorite people I haven’t seen in a really long time. I’m beginning to think he’s my good luck charm. Did I mention that Trampoline is a wonderful book? He did the illustrations, too, which I find a real addition to the story. Afterward, Annie confessed that she had never attended a reading before today. Well, that just made me proud as could be, that she would make Robert her first. She’s recently taken to reading a lot of Appalachian writers, so who better to introduce her to the joys of hearing an author sing their words than a tall, smart man from the mountains of Virginia? I call this a winning day.

 

lefty (snapseed)
lefty (snapseed)