“Sky above me, Earth below me, Fire within me.” ~ Unknown
Me and BFF Crystal Heis pulled out our Canons as we ambled through the new landscape work outside the Singletary Center. Famed Kentucky landscape artist, Jon Carloftis, spent the better part of two weeks adorning the outdoor sculptures. In fact, as we were shooting his partner Dale Fisher arrived (in background), also with his Canon, and welcomed us to shoot inside his truck. Crystal took advantage of the offer by photographing her shoes on its running boards for her series, “Converse”ations.
“Never let your past experiences harm your future. Your past can’t be altered and your future doesn’t deserve the punishment.” ~ Unknown
Today I got to play Auntie Ko to The Snake Killer, also known as Bianca, also known as Little Dog. BFF, Crystal Heis, had to catch a plane before the boarding doors opened so, I happily lent a hand. I started my day with Little Dog. It was a great way to start a beautiful day.
“Be wild and crazy and drunk with Love. If you are too careful, Love will not find you.”
It was Phat Tuesday. My lunch companions for a second year was Crystal Heis and Ken Trainor. We’ve decided to make this our little tradition – the Terry/Trainor Phat Tuesday lunch. I can’t think of two prettier smiling faces with whom to eat maque choux and King Cake. We didn’t find the baby.
“Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” ~ Charles Dickens
I love the lunches I’ve had lately. For the first time in recent memory, Crystal and I had lunch without anyone else. It was good. It was better than good. It was important. It was not a rehashing of office talk. It was not a blathering of insignificant nonsense. It was not a strained attempt to fill dead air. It was two friends talking about life and things to look forward to. We’ve been friends for 20 years. Who wouldn’t be friends with a woman that makes such an array of faces? Me thinks we need more friend lunches.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money ~ Cree Proverb
This is Mamadou Savané. He’s from Kindia, Guinea in West Africa. His wife was in the Peace Corps there, and that’s where they met. He came back to the states with her and was soon cooking for friends and family. Apparently, they encouraged him to open a restaurant. So, he did. It’s called Sav’s Grill and West African Cuisine. He serves some of the most delicious food I’ve ever eaten. He has filled the small space with beautiful paintings and artwork of Africa; the decor as colorful as the African landscape. As a bonus, Sav is one of the nicest people you will ever met. His smile is infectious. His kindness a cut above the rest.
Go. Try his food when you’re in Lexington. I promise that you’ll be pleasantly surprised. I recommend the peanut chicken over fufu. It’s good enough to make ya wanna slap yer granny.
Crystal turned me on to Sav’s so, it’s only fitting that we often eat there together. Today, as we dined with our friend, Kathryn Lybarger, I caught her doing this. It was a double-the-fun kinda day for me!!!
Today, one big piece of inspiration came straight from my home town of West Liberty, KY. His name is Zach May and he was on Jeopardy. He did an incredible job – nearly won it, too. I grew up with his mom and aunts. They’re small town America at it’s finset!
So, it’s only fitting that my two best pals at work should be today’s shot. They inspire me every day. Behind the camera is Crystal, whom you met in an earlier post, and Marie. Marie taught me nearly everything I know about newspapers. She trained me when I started at UK and we have been the best of friends ever since. She’s one of the smartest people I know. There’s a lot about her that inspires me. I’m a dang lucky girl!
Busy, busy, busy day but a very good one! I was just gonna give you Crystal Heis, an old friend who also happens to be a co-worker for now. She’s a great friend, an excellent photographer, my digital tech guru…and my half brain (and I am her’s so, it works out!). It gets a little weird when we finish each other’s sentences but it makes us laugh a lot and confuses the hell out of everyone else. Bonus!
Anyway, I happened by the grocery and found the lighting on the carts interesting. So, there ya go; you get a twofer today.