april 23, 2018

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“For each situation I encounter today I choose only to see its positive side.” ~ Unknown

 

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Did I mention last Thursday’s Pages and Pints soirée included a special little person? Her name is Ahnat – pronounced: ah-naught – and she’s an elderly six months old. Foster mom Deborah Payne wasn’t kidding when she said this baby is chill. Ahnat went the whole night without so much as a yelp, scream, cry, goo goo, or anything else. It was pretty unbelievable, actually. Even the host commented on her smooth demeanor. Meanwhile, she was completely engaged in people, locking eyes with all of us at one point, staring intently for the longest time. She was so present I kept waiting for her to speak full sentences. She didn’t even whimper when I held her, and that’s saying something because, typically, the second I pick up a baby they start bawling. She didn’t whimper when anyone picked her up. Ahnat is a trusting soul with a beautiful name. I’m pleased to know her.

 

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march 26, 2016

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“It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.” ~ Robert H. Schuller

 

little lady with a big bass
little lady with a big bass

 

Meet Sharon Ruble. We go way back to the days when her band – Reel World String Band – was several years into carving their place in history as stellar musicians and activists. In 1985, I joined a little band called Radio Cafe (later known as Stealin Horses) with an equally tenacious Kiya Heartwood. Our paths crossed with RWSB periodically. We’ve continued to cross paths for more than three decades now. I connected with Sharon almost immediately. Maybe because as bassist and drummer we had a rhythmic understanding. Or maybe it was because we are photographers (she far exceeds me in that department to be sure). Or maybe it’s because we’re both kind of quiet (I am, contrary to popular belief). Whatever the draw, I’ve always felt a bond with Sharon, and admired her kindness and gentle spirit. So, when she asked me to be the official photographer (her words) for the band’s archival donation celebration last week, I was speechless. Sharon retired from the Herald Leader as their photo editor (I’m not entirely sure her official title). She could have had any of the paper’s award winning photographers do the job, but she asked me. I just can’t tell you what an honor it was just to be asked, let alone actually photograph their special night with their many friends and family. I am so grateful to Sharon for her friendship and all the women of RWSB for all they’ve done for women in music in Kentucky and abroad. I must be living right to be in such grand company.

 

the gang
the gang