may 13, 2016

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“Think good thoughts. Say nice things. Do good for others. Everything comes back.” ~ Unknown

 

selfie one
selfie one

I popped off a few selfies at Tuesday’s Library Spring Gala. The colors were garish, the exposures wrong, and paired with the completely wrong lens, I didn’t care for any of them. But I love the people with me, so I took a page from one of them; excellent photographer and Special Collections Associate Dean Deirdre Scaggs (above). Her work is warm, rich in texture, always with a hint of mystery. It’s very compelling. While these selfies are much more abstract, and not nearly as intriguing or even as fun as her work, they were nevertheless inspired by Deirdre. If you’re going to be inspired by someone, make it someone good. Deirdre fills that bill.

 

selfie two
selfie two

 

I would not have gotten the Dean’s Award without Danielle Gabbard, plain and simple. I depend on her every day. She has never shied away from a task, and even asks for more work. She’s shy, soft spoken, extremely kind, and a hard, conscientious worker. I got lucky the day she walked into the Nunn Center which was about six months before I did!

 

selfie three
selfie three

 

It’s a Jen sandwich: Jen Martin (top) and Jen Bartlett were both dressed to the nines in their sexy black dresses on Tuesday. It’s tough to be a dumpy middle aged chick between two beauties like them. What’s not tough is being in the company of such incredibly gifted women who share their knowledge and kindness at every turn. That’s the Jens, and I’m one lucky gal to know them.

october 28, 2015

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“The path isn’t a straight line. It’s a spiral.
You continually come back to the things you thought you understood and see deeper truths.”
~ Unknown

 

the author
the author

Kate Black’s Row by Row: Talking with Kentucky Gardeners was recently published. Tonight, she did a reading and book signing at Morris Books. I missed the reading (work sure gets in the way sometimes) but I got there just in time to buy the last copy. It’s pretty awesome to have a sell-out crowd. Kate is reluctant to be photographed, but she quite willingly smiled for this one. That’s a sure sign of happiness.

 

signing
signing

 

Kate and I were co-workers until she retired in 2013. Two weeks ago, she gave an impressive presentation on Row by Row at the Oral History Association conference in Tampa. The following day, she and I took the river walk to a local eatery for some lunch. I got to know more about Kate in that hour than I had in the whole twelve years we worked together (to be fair, our work paths didn’t cross often). Our talk was a highlight of the conference for me, and I was honored to get to know Kate outside the confines of work. I feel like I made a friend.

 

when one doesn't like the camera
when one doesn’t like the camera

 

And then there’s Deirdre Scaggs, current co-worker and Row by Row’s photographer. Deirdre has become so accustomed – aggravated, annoyed, and other adjectives – to my camera that this is now her normal reaction when she sees me.  What you don’t see is the warm smile and giggle that follows. She’s a big kidder, so I take her stuck out tongue as a sign of friendship and trust. After I post this, however, the latter may no longer apply. (takes one to know one, as they say) It was a fun evening and I’m so proud of these women for their good works. I feel fortunate to be among them.