november 22, 2018

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but grateful for those which he has.” ~ Epictetus     Once more Aunt Lois opened her home to the family so we could enjoy Thanksgiving dinner together. Last year we had over thirty of us. Mike Moore’s brother came along. This year we had a smaller crowd, no less grateful mind you, and

july 2, 2018

“Everything comes to you at the right time. Be patient.” ~ Unknown     Tony and Charlene are having a large yard sale tomorrow in West Liberty. At the last minute, not wanting to miss out on the upcoming holiday extravaganza, they threw a summer dinner for the family who could get to them in Lexington. It was a great way to spend a Monday evening, and the food was,

may 25, 2018

“We do not have to improve ourselves; we just have to let go of what blocks our heart.” ~ Jack Kornfield     While the newlyweds were off being photographed by the professionals, a much shorter and younger couple was being photographed by everyone else. Remember I said Lucy loved everyone? She may have loved her cousin Jackson Bick a little more than the others during the wedding reception, Gigi

march 17, 2018

“Never assume that loud is strong and quiet is weak.” ~ TinyBuddha     These Barnes kids. I don’t know what they were reciting, or whatever it was they were doing, but it was hilarious. They are such a tight knit family that they make being with them easy and fun. Connor is the only boy among them. He was joking about how it’s up to him to carry on

january 30, 2018

“Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself.” ~ Unknown     I love it when the Universe conspires for good. About ten days ago there came a comment on an outhouse post from Lori Sanford (center). She found me through an outhouse image that Google indexed of the Patrick and Rebecca Risner headstone. Lori was researching her genealogy. After finding the tombstone, and reading the post, she

november 29, 2017

“It is possible to choose peace over worry.” ~ Unknown     If you haven’t figured it out by now, I have a pretty big family. Yesterday I said my Aunt Virginia’s oldest, Ann, brought her to the Saturday festivities. This is Ann (standing) with Uncle Phillip and Aunt Linda’s daughters, Renee (lf) and Jessica (rt). You first met Ann back in 2015 when her brother Richard got married. She

august 28, 2017

“Relish everything that’s inside of you, the imperfections, the darkness, the richness and light and everything. And that makes for a full life.” ~ Anthony Hopkins     This is my oldest cousin, Michael. He’s a teacher and minister in Aiken, SC. He’s also a drummer. That’s not why I love him. I love him because he has deep faith and compassion. Plus he has super cool white eyebrows. I’ve

july 16, 2017

“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” ~ Jack Canfield     As I mentioned yesterday, I was tasked with photographing the wedding of my Aunt Charlene and, now, Uncle Tony. I wondered how I could do it and still be part of the ceremony, too. You see, all of Charlene’s nieces and nephews who were present (along with their spouses) were

august 2, 2016

“You do not have to be good. / You do not have to walk on your knees / for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. / You only have to let the soft animal of your body / love what it loves. / Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. / Meanwhile the world goes on. / Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of

june 5, 2016

“Listen to the wind. It talks. Listen to the silence. It speaks. Listen to your heart. It knows.” ~ Unknown     This afternoon Marie and Robert Dale threw a high school graduation party for their oldest grandchild, Alexis (left). This young woman has endured a lot in her young life, and yet she has graduated with a scholarship to Campbellsville University. She’ll start in the fall. She’s pictured here with Marie, her