july 1, 2016

“I’m stronger because I had to be, I’m smarter because of my mistakes, happier because of the sadness I’ve known and now wiser because of what I have learned.” ~ Unknown     I had the best summertime evening. The clouds cast beautiful shapes across the deep blue sky, and the yard – my private fenced-in yard – was begging me to sit in it. Me and Wally love our fenced yard,

june 19, 2015

“May the stars carry your sadness away; may the flowers fill your heart with beauty; may hope forever wipe away your tears and, above all, may silence make you strong.” ~ Chief Dan George     The remnants of tropical storm Bill has reached The Bluegrass State. It’s reflective of the country’s mood after yesterday’s massacre at the A.M.E. church in Charleston, SC. I pray for our world, that the evil people

june 27, 2014

“Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from the negative.” ~ Unknown     Big puffy clouds peaked through the afternoon storm as we left work. Stacy and I spotted them at the same time. I stopped the car, and without hesitation, we both got out, cameras in hand. It was a pretty end to a productive work week.

may 10, 2014

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself”  ~ Andy Warhol     Many young people graduated from college today. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky on this same date 17 years ago. So much has changed since then, mostly for the better. I’m grateful for even the bad things that have come and gone over those years. They were

september 24, 2013

“We only have control over two moments in our lives… Here and Now.” ~ Randi Fine If you follow the outhouse then you know I haven’t missed a day since it started January 1, 2012. That was true until yesterday, at least, when I suffered what was easily the worst migraine I’ve had in many years. Between the searing pain, nausea, and Phenergan coma, it just wasn’t possible for me to see

july 1, 2013

“The future is not set, there is no fate but what we make for ourselves.” ~ Irish Proverb We’re nearing one of our wettest summers on record. I enjoy it so much more than drought, like the one we had last year. It’s worse for my mold allergies, but I don’t care. Look how beautiful the clouds are. I was literally between storms at lunch. The storm on the left

may 12, 2013

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” ~ Rudyard Kipling Mother’s Day: It was beautiful in the Bluegrass. We enjoyed a lovely lunch, my mom, dad, Aunt Janet, and me. I completely forgot to snap them all dressed up straight from church. Still, sometimes forgetting just means something better comes along. There are three very important, special people in that truck. See them?

july 11, 2012

“How people treat you is their karma. How you react is yours.” ~ Wayne Dyer As I left work today I looked to the heavens and whispered a prayer; giving thanks for many wonderful things including my growing capacity for compassion and forgiveness. They served me well this particular day. I’ve been taking notes.