november 1, 2015

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“The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit.
Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
~ James Allen

 

collage of happy
collage of happy

 

I had a guest register available at the reception. I didn’t realize I’d forgotten it until I went to bed Friday night. I attended All Saints Day service this morning and picked it up afterward. Sixty people attended Friday’s reception. Sixty people took time out of their lives to come see my work. Some I’d never met before Friday. Some sneaked in and out without my seeing them though they were kind enough to leave their signature. Some drove nearly two hours to be there. Some took off work. Some were recovering from major surgery. Some couldn’t stay long, and others stayed the whole time. Someone pointed out how many segments of my life were assembled in that room: family, close friends, old friends, new friends, co-workers, writers, actors, artists, musicians, librarians, bankers, software developers, railroad men, professors, social workers, therapists, pathologists, nutritionists, the list goes on. They’re not all represented in this collage, but I couldn’t think of a better way to have a group hug in the outhouse. Sixty people. I may be speechless for a week I’m so overcome with gratitude.

april 2, 2015

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“Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing.” ~ Leo Babauta

 

morning window
morning window

 

Every time one orders something from Photojojo, one’s package arrives with a small dinosaur. One got her first dino from Crystal Heis who gave one something, a Holga lens perhaps, as a gift. She was sweet enough to include the dino as part of the gift. One has gotten the other two on her own because one loves Photojojo. One loves an ingenious merchant. However, the dinos need names. One is open to suggestions.

january 2, 2015

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“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
~ Maya Angelou

 

The Family Morrow
The Family Morrow

 

Lunch with The Morrow’s was a highlight today. As we were preparing to leave, Riley, from his mama’s arms, reached for me (he’s never done that) and hugged and hugged and hugged. And when he let go, he tenderly kissed me on the lips (he’s definitely never done that). I love that little boy to the moon and back. I love his mom and dad, too. What a wonderful start to the year.

may 3, 2014

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“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” ~ Nelson Mandela

 

high-five
high-five

 

It was one of the most beautiful Derby days Kentucky has ever had. The temperature was perfect, the sky spectacular, and the people the very best. I had my third Derby party. Thanks to Stacy Yelton, Annie Bassoni, Sandy Davis, Deb Chenault, Crystal Heis, John Lumagui, Greg Davis, Vanessa Oliver, and Riley, Eric, and Heidi Morrow, it may have well been the best yet.

 

cornhole sundown
cornhole sundown

 

We played cornhole in a yard as green as it was bug-free (always a plus).

 

learning to spell
learning to spell

 

The sidewalk chalk was the best $2 I’ve ever spent. Riley reduced grown women to a gaggle of squawking grannies. We had a blast playing with him. I think he might have had fun, too.

Cinco de Binx
Cinco de Binx

 

Bianca, AKA Little Dog, was the hit of the party. Good thing she exited stage left before Riley arrived. I’m not sure we could have stood that much excitement. It was a perfect day capped off by my taking the pool with California Chrome’s win. Life is so very, very sweet to me, and how lucky am I to have such smart, sweet friends as these? Pretty darn lucky!

august 3, 2013

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Happiness starts with you. Not your relationship, your friends, or your job, but with you.
~ Mandy Hale

birthday breakfast
birthday breakfast

This was the kind of Saturday that makes me want to get up in the mornings. A group of us met at Cracker Barrel for breakfast to celebrate Kathy Schifflett’s birthday. It was a spectacular two hours filled with laughter and fellowship. I love these people so much, my heart sings being in their presence.

neighbors extraordinaire
neighbors extraordinaire

But wait, there’s more – my day just kept getting better. Paula and her husband (above), who’s name I can’t remember to save my life, are young parents with a beautiful daughter. They’re both genuinely warm, welcoming people. You may recall that my neighbor gave me Lily, the little black cat I love so much. Paula is that neighbor! She and __________ wanted to have a neighborhood potluck. Today, young folks brought their children. Older folks brought their chairs. Everyone brought a covered dish. People pitched cornhole while a three-piece dixieland band played from the porch. It was fantastic!

wilson
wilson

A ton of us from three streets showed up. We had a blast socializing with one another, meeting neighbors we didn’t know. For example, I met Wilson. He’s a ham operator. He’s wearing leather suspenders his daughter bought for him. He’s from Minnesota, and he was quick to point out that two others on the street are also from his home state. In fact, one lives next door to me, and the other lives next to Stacy Yelton. He’s a Lutheran minister whom Wilson has asked to perform his funeral. I’m hoping that won’t be for a very long time because Wilson is awesome and I want to know more!

the gang
the gang

I don’t know what I did to deserve to live amongst such incredible people, but I’m sure glad I did it. I wish this kind of neighborhood for everyone. The world would be a kinder place for sure. This was a grand and glorious day, start to finish.

may 9, 2013

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If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.
~ Thomas A. Edison

leader
leader

Mariette Watts is one of the finest human beings I’ve ever known. She’s gorgeous inside and out. Several years ago, she was the major architect for a week-long training course called Humanity Academy (HA). Each year, participants from faculty, staff, and students are faced with a host of issues relating to diversity, confronting everything from racism to homophobia. The goal is to educate each person to become an agent of positive, inclusive, diverse social change across campus and beyond.  It is a sobering, yet wildly enriching week. The course is so cathartic that most in my close circle of Lexington friends are HA grads. Stacy Yelton, Reinette Jones, and Eric Morrow are 2008 graduates. I went through it in 2009 with Heidi Morrow and Annie Bassoni, while Marie Dale and Crystal Heis are from this year’s graduating class. Jerone Farley even gives hugs now, and freely admits an aversion to them before HA. It can be a life altering experience that way. We met for many hours today to brainstorm how to move forward, and as always, it was a beautiful thing.

rainbow
rainbow

march 10, 2013

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Every day holds new magic.” ~ Unknown

fun in the sun
fun in the sun

What a beautiful boy Riley Morrow is becoming. With two of his 10 teeth beaming like the sun, our boy celebrates an equal number of months on this planet. (as daddy Eric Morrow points out, enlarge the photo and you’ll see his little fangs, too) He’s far less enamored with the camera than when he was at a wee six months, however. Getting that happy smile takes a bit more effort, but with my stunning assistants, Uncle Biscuit (Joel Scott) and Aunt Stacy (Yelton), it was a short lived problem.

january12, 2013

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There are no failures. Just experiences and your reactions to them.” ~ Tom Krause

the magic button
the magic button

Tonight, the tribe met Marilyn and Eric Morrow, pictured here with Annie “magic button” Bassoni. Not to be confused with Heidi and Eric Morrow, parents of baby Riley. Yes, there are two Eric Morrows, and they were both at the birthday bowling party that happened after a killer faux British dinner at The Pub. What wonderful, wonderful friends I’ve found in my little Lexington tribe. I love them so very much. They’ve given me the best birthday week in my adult life. Thank you, tribe. You humble me.

pressure
pressure

august 5, 2012

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You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.
~ Michael Phelps
colorized

The Kentucky Tribe met for brunch to celebrate Riley Morrow’s three months on this planet. Note the laughter, the crying, the silly, the stunned and possibly terrified look on poor Riley’s face: That picture cracks me up. There is never a bad day with these people whom I have come to love and respect dearly. It sure took a long time to find them.

never too young to learn

july 8, 2012

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Love is the absence of judgement.” ~ Dalai Lama

Kentucky tribe

Brunch with my Kentucky tribe was an absolute hoot, of course. Our collective nephew, Riley Morrow, is now two months old. Any excuse to celebrate with bacon and biscuits will do. He miles more than any infant I’ve ever met. He’s also able to stand on his own, though you have to hold him steady, he hasn’t got that part down yet. And those shades….be still my heart.

reflecting Big Daddy
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