august 21, 2017

“Simply knowing that God loves all people is not enough – it is the first step in allowing deeds of compassion, mercy and justice to flow from our hands.” ~ Rev. Katherine Redmond     I stepped outside the office to view the eclipse and ran into lots of people I know like Catherine Brereton (above) and Deirdre Scaggs and Reinette Jones (below). The first time I saw the sun

december 14, 2016

“The older I get the more I realize that some situations do not need my reaction. I can decide where my attention and energy flow.” ~ Unknown     If you want to throw a party, call Shell Dunn. Today, we had our Special Collections Christmas “Taco Extravaganza” and Shell pretty much designed it all. From cooking all the meat (and there was a lot of it) to table decorations to

march 23, 2016

“What is grievance? The baggage of old thought and emotion.” ~ Lao Tzu     I was honored to photograph tonight’s reception welcoming the Reel World String Band’s archives to the UK collection. I’ll post shots from their performance later, but this moment right here; this moment when Deirdre Scaggs hauled an upright bass bigger than she is down a huge flight of marble stairs made me laugh out loud. Not only does

october 28, 2015

“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     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

march 13, 2015

“Don’t try to win over the haters. You are not the Jackass Whisperer.” ~ Mary Englebriet   The hospital’s wireless signal is so slow, and the outhouse is so big, that the two couldn’t play together nicely causing me to miss making this post on time. Friday the 13th saw myself and archival colleagues Deirdre Scaggs, Ruth Bryan, and Megan Mummy visiting Miles Hoskins at the Montgomery County Historical Society.

december 16, 2014

“It is not the clear-sighted who rule the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog.” ~ Joseph Conrad     Tonight was the premier party for Kentucky Bourbon Tales at the Kentucky State Theater. It’s a documentary on Kentucky Bourbon as told from a family perspective through a series of master distillers. The Nunn Center archives the oral histories used to create the film, and the whole of Special

november 8, 2014

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you even when you don’t see it yourself.” ~ Unknown     You might recall that archivist Ruth Bryan has been a media darling of late because of the silver plated tea set discovered in Keeneland Hall. Kentucky Educational Television’s (KET) answer to Antiques Roadshow, Kentucky

october 31, 2014

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” ~ Tecumseh     I had the best Halloween this year that I’ve had since Kevin Edmondson’s party 20 years ago. Kevin had a casket in his living room

april 10, 2014

“Seek to do brave and lovely things which are left undone by the majority of people. Give gifts of love and peace to those whom others pass by.”  ~ Paramhansa Yogananda Meet UK Provost Christine Riordan. We met taking this picture. Actually, we were never formally introduced, but I suspect she’ll remember me after today, or at least she’ll remember her visit. She was scheduled to come by Special Collections for

july 25, 2013

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller I had one of the best days ever! It was the day of the library retreat. In the past, this was reserved for faculty and professional staff only. This year, they rightly included staff. It started with a fantastic breakfast with Marie Dale and Stacy