january 11, 2019

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“The beginning is always today.” ~ Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

 

the worst

 

I had to share so you can laugh with me at the world’s worst camera angle on two people at once (wide angle lens helps with that). By the way, this was not the look, or the picture, I was going for. I don’t remember what I was going for, but this wasn’t it, though I can see a nose job as a real possibility now. And all these years I thought it would be a facelift that compelled me to the surgeon’s knife. I’m kidding, of course. I would never get a facelift. I wear my saggy jowls with pride. 

december 3, 2017

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“Beginnings are usually scary and endings are usually sad.
It’s everything in between that makes life worth living ”
~ Bob Marley

 

Miss Smell

 

Michelle Shute, whom you met back in 2012 and again in 2013, came to town a few days ago. Her friendship has enriched my life repeatedly. Over the past 25 +/- years she has turned me on to more great music and books than anyone I know save for Stacy. Little wonder they’re great friends, then. I happen to be the lucky recipient of their good tastes.

 

silly gulls

 

Michelle has been without a car for four years. That changed this week when Stacy gave Michelle her old car, Goose (pictured here). Stacy keeps things for decades, and they always look and work like new because she’s extreme in her care. Looking at Goose you’d never guess she’s nearly 17 years old. It was as if Stacy was handing Michelle a brand new car. When I first met Michelle she drove a red car, so it’s fitting she is once more in the saddle of a red ride. Stacy, meanwhile, wins the good samaritan award of the year, and rightfully so. She changed Michelle’s life, providing her freedom that many of us take for granted. Imagine how hard it would be to live your life if you were dependent on others to get around. That’s been Michelle’s life of late.

 

BFFs

 

I have two great people in my life who love and adore one another and that makes me rich beyond measure. 

april 16, 2017

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“Recommendation” by Thich Nhat Hanh
Promise me,
promise me this day,
promise me now,
while the sun is overhead
exactly at the zenith,
promise me:
Even as they
strike you down
with a mountain of hatred and violence;
even as they step on you and crush you
like a worm,
even as they dismember and disembowel you,
remember brother, remember:
man is not our enemy.
The only thing worthy of you is compassion –
invincible, limitless, unconditional.
Hatred will never let you face
the beast in man.
One day, when you face this beast alone
with your courage intact, your eyes kind,
untroubled
(even as no one sees them),
out of your smile
will bloom a flower.
And those who love you
will behold you
across ten thousand worlds of birth and dying.
Alone again,
I will go on with bent head,
knowing that love has become eternal.
On the long, rough road
the sun and moon will continue to shine.

 

outstanding in its field

 

My friend Marlon Hurst turned me on to the Thich Naht Hanh poem. Happy Easter, happy celebration, happy day to us all. May there be peace on Earth for just a little while.

june 10, 2015

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“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
~ J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)

 

world class (snapseed)
world class (snapseed)

 

Here’s something you don’t see in Lexington every day. I saw it sitting in the parking lot, brand new with temp tags; black as night and shiny as a star. I don’t usually stop in my tracks, especially over cars, but this car – lordy! It was a fine lookin’ thing. I don’t want to own one. I can really appreciate somebody else’s.

august 6, 2014

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“Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.”
~ Mason Cooley

 

sunrise drive
sunrise drive

 

As I drove to Morehead for mom’s procedure last week, I snapped a few shots of the rising sun. I love a good lens flare. You can get some nice effects.

july 21, 2014

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“Your kindness causes ripples that are felt all over the world.” ~ Unknown

 

the sandbox
the sandbox

 

This is Jerry Hammond’s garage with its front doors flung open. I could spend a week with it and still find hidden gems just waiting to be photographed. It is a photo geek’s dream, well, at least this photo geek’s dream.

 

the creator
the creator

 

Jerry is a welder and puts it to good use. On the left is the old peddle car he’s turning into a stroller. On the right is a wood burning stove fashioned in the shape of a twin lens reflex camera. I cannot wait to see that when it’s finished! I started smiling when I saw that big motorcycle in the yard. 850 miles and four days later and I’m still smiling. What a gift.

 

art in every corner
art in every corner

november 29, 2013

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Be who you want to be, not what others want to see.” ~Unknown

50 first dates
50 first dates

Getting into the car, Annie said, “I’m seeing someone.” I looked across the car top thinking, “Why are you only telling me now?” We’d just driven across town to Wild Fig Books for some Christmas shopping, and she hadn’t mentioned a word. This would, of course, be tremendous news worthy of sharing before all else. “Really?” I replied. “Who is it?” as if I would know him. She grinned and pointed to the back seat. I’d been meaning to ask why she had a stuffed dummy buckled in the backseat since she picked me up. I was about to find out. It’s something about Christmas clowns or never riding alone at Christmas or some other Christmas thing I wasn’t familiar with. Truth was I stopped listening when I started reaching for my camera. Annie Bassoni made it a fun Black Friday buy-local expedition; the only way I’d go shopping today.

june 8, 2013

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You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

a great past blast
a great past blast

There was a young man who would come see me drum. He was a musician, too, so we always had fun things to talk about. He also happened to be first cousin to bride Cassie Bick. Tonight, I saw Matt Menard for the first time in probably 15 years. It thrilled me to talk with Matt, now the proud father of two stunning children. He’s as handsome as he ever was, and even sweeter, which I didn’t think possible. Jamie, his fiance, is equally awesome (I actually met her at the shower last month though no one introduced us). After an absolutely stellar night, the bride and groom drove away in the coolest car on the road. If you look hard, you can see the distorted figures of Crystal Heis and me in the bumper. The whole weekend was unforgettable: with a reconnection to Matt (who invited me to come jam, and I will), and second shooter honors with Crystal as icing on the wedding cake. I am truly the luckiest woman alive.

in style
in style

january 8, 2012

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Look at the beauty today gave me!

peace for my 47th year (Hipstamatic)

I had one of the best night’s sleep I’ve had in a year and, as soon as I opened my eyes, I started to count my blessings. My sweet, devoted parents: they are two of the most loyal, humble, and forthright people God ever made. How did I get so lucky? I have the most incredible circle of friends. Each one unique, reminding me that I am loved in spite of every fault I’ve got, and boy, I’ve got my share and then some.

After coffee I caulked my bathtub. Now, that may sound like a rotten thing to do on one’s birthday but, it was, in fact, the most perfect of things to do. With every bead I realized how lucky I am to have a bathroom with running water and a bathtub. As I smoothed those beads into a singular impenetrable seal I gave thanks for the lives of every friend who didn’t make it to 47. Lana Franklin, Jim Brown, Mark Collinsworth, Duane Ruth, Cindy Spradling, Lori Whitt, Sandy Adkins, Robby Pennington, Alan Elam, Olivia Evans. Each soul a loved and necessary bead of my life’s impenetrable seal.

When I went outside to face the morning sun I gave thanks for a house that’s warm and safe with a yard that birds and squirrels want to be in. I gave thanks for my neighbors, Chainsaw Charlie most of all. He is a gentle reminder that people are, at their core, good. And when I finished the house I drove to a car wash to have it washed. Freaky as it was to be inside the car as it was pulled through that…thing…I belly laughed with my traveling companion, Stacy Yelton. In that moment, I was thankful to have a car to wash and someone to laugh with. How many of us don’t have those things?

I am the most blessed woman you know. Happy Birthday to me!