july 23, 2019

“Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?” ~ Charles Bukowski     Today, I had the best visit with my sister from another mother Catherine Brereton. On this utterly gorgeous perfect temp summer day, we strolled around campus before settling on a bench in the President’s Yard. What a relaxed way to catch up with a friend and stretch one’s legs. We

may 19, 2019

“The hardest battle is between what you know in your head and what you feel in your heart.” ~ Unknown     The ever lovely Rebecca Brereton-Farr graduated from Northern Kentucky University last week (pictured here with mom Catherine Brereton). She went straight to work on Monday, and today, her family threw a party to celebrate her many accomplishments. I’m super excited to see what Rebecca accomplishes next. She has

january 20, 2019

“Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are: ultimately these are all we need.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV     I had three parties to get to this weekend. I made it to one. This morning, I picked up Stacy and off we went for a delicious brunch followed by three inappropriate, yet totally hilarious, games of Cards Against Humanity with

august 6, 2018

“Hate is heavy. Let it go.” ~ Unknown     Ann Bassoni may be the queen of practical jokes. Yesterday, we’re driving home from the Distillery District when she says, “Hey, Catherine and Susan live right here. Let’s stop.” Naturally, we all say okay. Then Annie says, “Okay, listen. We knock on the door and ask if they have any fresh baked goods. If they say no, we just leave.

july 14, 2018

“Perhaps the biggest mistake I made in the past was that I believed love was about finding the right person. In reality, love is about becoming the right person. Don’t look for the person you want to spend your life with. Become the person you want to spend your life with.” ~ Neil Strauss     Today, Solidago Literary Journal was at the Lexington Farmers Market representing Brier Books at the

june 14, 2018

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

october 13, 2017

“You can have it all. Just not all at once.” ~ Oprah Winfrey     I had the great pleasure of meeting Catherine Brereton’s parents and youngest brother, Joe, tonight. They’re here from Britain for the Bluegrass experience. There was a large group assembled at Lynagh’s Irish Pub hoping a fiddle would appear so that Catherine’s mom, Fliss, could make her American debut with Liam’s Fancy. Alas, it was not meant

august 21, 2017

“Simply knowing that God loves all people is not enough – it is the first step in allowing deeds of compassion, mercy and justice to flow from our hands.” ~ Rev. Katherine Redmond     I stepped outside the office to view the eclipse and ran into lots of people I know like Catherine Brereton (above) and Deirdre Scaggs and Reinette Jones (below). The first time I saw the sun

july 30, 2017

“Surround yourself with people who talk about visions and ideas, not other people.” ~ Unknown     Here are a few friends that talk visions and ideas all the time; Catherine Brereton, Susan Stewart, Annie Bassoni, and Stacy Yelton. This morning we converged for brunch (deliciously prepared by the Brereton/Stewart family), a couple hands of Cards Against Humanity, and a wonderful visit on the porch. These women inspire me every

march 6, 2017

“It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work. And when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.” ~ Wendell Berry     This is Geoffrey. He’s the sweet boy that looks after Catherine and Susan. He’s got a curious look about him with huge eyes and a wonky ear that looks like