february 2, 2017

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“Our days are happier when we give people a piece of our heart instead of a piece of our mind.”
~ Unknown

 

54

 

Our super hero power couple celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. Tony Adkins, whom you met just last month, brought them pizza, and peanuts, and a movie at lunchtime. I heard tell the three of them got their bellies full then slept the afternoon away. God bless Tony for looking after them the way he does. I don’t know what I’d do without him. Last night, I reckon the Mennonites heard it was their Anniversary, so they stopped by to sing and visit for a while. Talk about good people. If you want anything fixed or built in Morgan County, that’s who to call. Top-notch craftsmanship, and honest as the day is long. Their visit really put a pep in mom and dad’s steps. As for me, I forgot to send them a card for a second year in a row. But I did post an anniversary picture of them on facebook this morning that’s now gotten more responses than everything I posted in 2016 combined. You see, our power couple wins the award for most popular couple as well. We’re going to celebrate mom’s birthday and this anniversary later, when it’s warm, so we settled for a phone call for now. I’m thankful to have them to call.

 

november 14, 2016

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The politics of Jesus:
Love enemies
Serve the poor
Welcome refugees
Make peace, not war
Do justice & love mercy
Care for all God’s creation.
~ Nathan Hamm

 

the fam (snapseed)
the fam (snapseed)

 

Well, today didn’t go quite as I expected. Dad had been complaining of his belly burning for a while, but he wouldn’t go to the doctor. That is, until this morning when it was so bad he wanted to go. That never happens. I snapped this picture on my way out the door to work. An hour later he was in the ER at the VA. By lunchtime mom was calling to say he’d had a heart attack. The short version is that he has had a mild heart attack at some point in the recent past. He will be okay eventually. I am exceedingly grateful that he was in Lexington when this happened. I’m also thankful that the VA is attached to Chandler Med Center where Janet is. When things get this crazy, little things mean a lot, like location, location, location!

november 7, 2016

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“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

birds of a feather
birds of a feather

 

Callie and Eric took a day out of their busy lives to take me to Venice Beach. It’s a place I hold close because it offered refuge when bizarre behavior from bad people filled my days. My life back then was such a strange and wondrous time. Sometimes in library world I see that same bizarre behavior from bad people repeating, and I ask myself how I landed back in the twilight zone. Life sure is a funny thing. 

 

peas in a pod
peas in a pod

 

Eric and Callie reminded me of just how lucky I am to have survived that weird 1980’s life relatively intact. And I am intact, all things considered. We talked at great length of those days filled with this star and that; more lawyers than money; more lies than music. Their time in the business was every bit as weird as mine to be sure. And while I’m not glad they went through it, I’m comforted to know I’m not alone in my experiences. That all these decades later I’ve come to love and admire those two even more than I did back then is a gift beyond anything imaginable. Some people are bad people with bizarre behavior. That’s just the way it is no matter where you are or what you’re doing. And some people are meant to walk with you through this life be it on streets of gold or paths of mud. Callie and Eric are two of my people. I couldn’t ask for better.

 

what you see is beyond the lens
beyond the lens

october 15, 2016

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“Love is the strongest medicine. It is more powerful than electricity.” ~ Maharajji

 

destination
destination

 

Knowing that I’m always looking for unique churches or sacred spaces, Judy Sackett told me about Wayfarer’s Chapel in Palos Verdes, just up the coast from Long Beach. We threw Jeff in the car and made a pilgrimage to it. Little did we realize there were six weddings scheduled today. It was like watching a matrimony drive thru. The ceremonies last just a little while with a thirty minute change between wedding parties. During that change over period other guests are allowed to wander into the chapel. It was impossible to capture the inside of it without people. Plus, it’s very, very small. I suspect it holds no more than 80 seated. Looking at the Chapel’s website, I was curious as to why the photos weren’t better. The layout of the church wasn’t clear, or even give a sense for how it’s situated on the land. I found out why pretty fast. The glass chapel is surrounded by trees to the point of obscurity. You can’t see it from the road at all, and you can barely tell anything is there once you’re on the premises. It was both beautiful and a bummer since I couldn’t get into the chapel alone. Nevertheless, it was a lot of fun, and I’m really glad we saw it. The gardens are gorgeous, and there were sweet couples there, not to be married, but to enjoy the serenity. I call that a win.

 

the edge of the wrold
the edge of the wrold

october 9, 2016

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“Love isn’t what you say. Love is what you do.” ~ John Hagee

 

old friend
old friend

 

I have never taken personal time around any of the business trips I’ve made over the years, but I decided to do it this time because I was coming so close to old friends Callie Cardamon and Eric Rawson that I couldn’t not see them. It had been 27 years since we last saw each other. 27 years: That’s long enough for us to have grand-children. Callie and I talked today a great deal about middle age and and just how strange it is, including the constant worry that something will go wrong and ruin whatever you have planned. I waited as long as I could before making my travel plans because I was afraid someone would get sick or die or something would go wrong with the house or work. In other words, adulting can take over one’s ability to relax and make time to see people you love. Callie confirmed I wasn’t alone in this. Both of us went through things last week that made our reunion challenging (death, migraines, and viruses among them). I will cherish this time we have because it may be another 27 years before we see one another again (I sure hope not). I am reminded yet again that making time to see people you love matters. Don’t adult so much that you forget to enjoy this one life you’ve been given.

 

Eric, Callie, and Vesta
Eric, Callie, and Vesta

september 3, 2016

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“This, too, shall pass. It might pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.” ~ Unknown

 

power couple
power couple

 

The quote sounds like something Jeff would say. This is Jeff Suchanek and his wife, Jeanne. I’ve worked with Jeff for over 15 years. He’s one of the finest people I know, and one of the best oral history interviewers in the world. Years ago, when he was director of the Nunn Center, we worked so well together that I hesitated when the chance came along to take over NDNP. Fast-forward all these years and we’re in the same department again enjoying one another’s company. He and Jeanne invited Stacy Yelton and I to their beautiful home for a cookout this evening. We were greeted with tons of dog love from their boy Grady; the biggest Aussie I’ve ever seen. We walked, we ate, we laughed, we talked. Jeff and Jeanne are two bright stars in my world and I see more dinners in our future.

 

on the porch
on the porch

may 26, 2016

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“Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

 

power couple
power couple

 

Once again my day was filled from start to finish with people I love. Two of them are Rod and Diane Rickey. They invited Ang and I out to their place near the river for dinner. We had some big ‘ol belly laughs, and lots of great conversation about books and art and travel and music: all my favorite things. There was a lot of positive talk about life, too, and that buoyed my spirits as I prepare to go back to the real world of work. I couldn’t have asked for a better last night in my beloved Cherokee County with three finer people. I love them all so much.

 

look how beautiful they are
look how beautiful they are

 

may 8, 2016

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“I am not who I was nine years ago. I will never be that person again. I am stronger, yes, but the most significant aspect of the me I am now is that, through the loss, I have learned–know–truly, completely, without doubt or question, the limitless, eternal, and unstoppable power of Love.”
~ Mary Carroll-Hackett

 

true love
true love

 

Greg Davis was dressed as a Southern Gentleman for the Derby. His wife Vanessa Oliver wore her traditional Derby Day pants. The pants are very 70’s, and so much more entertaining than the traditional Derby hat. Though I didn’t take a lot of photos during the Derby garage party, the ones I got are either good, funny, or both. I’m only sorry I didn’t pop off a close-up of Annie Bassoni. I love all the expressions. I am just so blessed to have each of these people in my life.

 

candid camera
candid camera

april 30, 2016

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“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” ~ Prince

 

shero
shero

Yesterday, my mother sent to me a copy of her local telephone company’s newsletter/magazine. On the cover was my old friend and classmate Jill Cline Salyer (pictured above at our 30 year high school reunion in September 2013).

 

survivor (snapseed)
survivor (snapseed)

 

From the article I learned some things about Jill’s struggles that I hadn’t known. Diagnosed in 2009 with breast cancer, by the time we had our reunion in 2013 she’d undergone a double mastectomy, radiation for tumors on her brain in 2010, and in 2011, learned to walk again after radiation on a spinal tumor left her paralyzed from the waist down. She walked into our party with a smile that never left her face. I don’t have a single picture of her without it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of Jill over the last 50 years when she wasn’t smiling come to think of it. I’ve seen her several times since 2009 but never once have I heard her complain. The article confirmed that she doesn’t complain, not even to God. By all accounts, she should not have survived the very aggressive breast cancer, let alone the two other times it has reared its ugly head. And yet, here she is, seven years later telling her story. I think of Jill every time I feel down or ill, reminded that, in the big picture, my struggles are small, and I should be grateful for every blessed moment I have. She is no less than an angel walking among us in strength and kindness. I’m honored to call her friend.

 

a grand time 2013
a grand time 2013

 

Jill pictured above (top to bottom) with Tim Gevedon when they were crowned King and Queen of the 30th reunion (I think that’s what the award was for), her husband John Salyer, and her two best friends Lisa Clevenger Fannin and Alisa Marshall Burnett.

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