january 8, 2019

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“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck someplace you don’t belong.” ~ Unknown


birthday stash


Elvis didn’t make it. David Bowie didn’t make it. I made it! Today marked another revolution around the sun for yours truly. I took a cue from Crystal Heis and took the afternoon off (she’s takes the whole day on her birthday, but I couldn’t do that). I have to say I like the way she thinks. First thing this morning I got a delightful phone call replete with the harmonizing parent’s rendition of Happy Birthday. Sweet birthday cards awaited when I got to work and my co-workers were just as kind and huggy as could be, which was really nice. Then, I picked up Stacy Yelton and off to Red Lobster we went for an exceptional seafood lunch. I kinda think their lunch crew is the best because our meal was like seaside good, not the usual landlocked good we’re used to in Kentucky. If that had been all the gifts the day had handed me I would have been tickled, but it wasn’t. Stacy gave me two hard-to-find Henri Nouwen books I’ve been wanting, and even agreed to go to Jospeh-Beth Booksellers with me where I spent a generous Christmas gift card on A Man Called Ove and a book I really, really wanted from the second I saw it: A Walk in the Wood. But what’s that adorable little Scottie dog, you ask? When I got home I opened the door to find said Scotty dog tin full of Walker’s Shortbreads and a card from BFFs Becky and Gordon. I was bowled over. Those two always make me smile. My day has been sprinkled with phone calls, texts, and facebook messages of warm wishes from my besties across the country. I am humbled by the kindness shown me. Each one played a big part in making this a great day start to finish.

june 14, 2018

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“Fill your heart with what’s important and be done with all the rest.” ~ Unknown


top shelf


Solidago hit the stores tonight and what an honor to be shelved beside Bobbie Ann Mason. Our forth issue made its debut at Brier Books who hosted a launch party to celebrate. Brier Books is also our first brick and mortar store! They’re very focused on Kentucky writers. They happened to be looking to add more journals to their fold the day we walked through the door. Perfect timing.


words matter


Though Solidago is not exclusive to Kentucky – we have writers and artists from all over the world – we have had several writers from Kentucky make the cut. Five of those writers were with us tonight to read from their submissions (above: Sean Corbin, Bobby Steve Baker, Pat Holland, Allison Thorpe, and Kimber Gray). Corbin and Thorpe have chapbooks being released in the next few months, and Baker’s latest is already in stock at Brier Books. It was thrilling to hear their beautiful words. Pat Holland’s short story really struck a chord. A former National Geographic employee, she wrote a great piece about Barrow, Alaska, which resonated with me as a one time resident of the polar city. Finally, Kimber Gray closed the evening with her exquisite poetry. I predict great things for this young writer whose works are laced with humor and raw honesty. 


the team


The evening would have never happened without Catherine Brereton and Susan Stewart. The journal was their idea, and they inspire me every day, especially when I see the stacks and stacks of writing they sift through after every submission window closes. I feel so fortunate that, out of all the talented people they know, they chose me with whom to partner. I am very, very honored by that, and right proud of what we’ve done so far. But we’re just getting started, and that needs to be true for no other reason than we need better selfies than this one. I love these gals from the bottom of my heart, and I love our little journal. 

april 19, 2018

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“It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute… that gives meaning to our lives.” ~ Tony Robbins


pleasents (Hipstamatic)


These things right here topped off a wonderful evening adventure at Apollo Pizza in Richmond with most of the Happiness Gals. I’m exhausted, in a good way, but there will be more about this fabulous night in another post. Suffice it to say, I’ve had a string of fantastic days here lately. Throw Ronni Lundy and Robert Gipe into the mix, and I’m feeling pretty dang happy. 

december 20, 2012

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Live your life and forget your age.” ~ Unknown


More than once I’ve passed Laura Hall in the stacks. There she’ll be, up to her elbows in books; moving, shifting, moving, shifting. I always stop for a chat, and an hour later, I make it back to my desk. Always I come away smarter, and my heart feels glad. That happened today. I went back with my camera, but she was gone like a flash. No matter. She’s touched every book, so part of her good spirit lingers here even if she’s not in the picture.