“We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine.” ~ Dwight L. Moody
Though it is mid-October when we should be settling in with a big pot of chili and bonfire, instead, in Kentucky at least, we’re wearing t-shirts, flip-flops, and living with the AC on. Such a climatological delay provides unique beauty. I enjoy being part of it.
“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” ~ TinyBuddha
The Sara Holroyd Singers sang the bulk of yesterday’s performance at a huge black barn on a ridge at Shakertown. I had never been to that part of the property before. The view was incredible, as you can see, and the vibe for music was outstanding. They ought to do more music there, and I ought to do more photos, especially during a thunderstorm. I bet it’s spectacular! It was pretty spectacular on a hot October day for sure.
Hold on to what is good,
Even if it’s a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it’s a long way from here.
The other side of Nada Tunnel was substantially more peaceful. After yesterday’s post my first cousin, Steven, said he travels Highway 77 every day for work. He talked about how beautiful it is in the morning. Can you imagine such a blessing rising up to say ‘good morning’ to you every day? The area leading into the Gorge, and Natural Bridge, has always offered some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. It has always been a blessing to me.
“Understand that not everything is meant to be understood.
Live, let go, and don’t worry about what you can’t change.”
It’s Friday. The clouds parted. The sun shined. The moon is nearly full. I got a lot of things done. I talked to some great folks along the way. You add up all the little things that go right, and they equal a great day.
“My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.” ~ Thomas Paine
I looked around the classroom this evening at the handful of young writers, each so intent on telling their stories in the most eloquent, fluid voice they can muster. They’re all searching for the right words; the right way; looking for themselves in between their lines. Writing is not a competition, at least not to me. So when it stopped feeling like one, most noticeably tonight, then I started enjoying the class. I’m not sure what changed, but I sure appreciate that it did. Maybe I’m the one that changed. Whatever the case, I enjoyed tonight’s class, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know my classmates. No two are alike.
“Focus on blessing others, not impressing them.
Kindness is far more powerful than competition.”
~ Anna Taylor
There’s an old smokehouse on Uncle Harold’s farm. I love it. It’s falling in on itself. The roof is covered in moss, the white paint peeling like dead skin. It sits beneath a large chestnut tree. Yesterday, dad and I took a walk, passing the smokehouse and chestnut tree. Fallen hulls crumbled beneath our weight. Children’s laughter echoed against the hills. The smell of wet earth tickled my nose. It’s a tender snapshot I’ll cherish for a long time to come.
“Love your people. Tell them how much they mean to you.
Life can wear them down so lift them up…Try hard to leave nothing unsaid.
As awful as it is when we lose them, it will make you feel so much better.”
~ Angie Bliss Fanning
My walks after work are beautiful this time of year. A low sun in clear skies make the colors hyper-real. Hurray for a warm and happy Friday.
“Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” ~ Wayne Dyer
The clouds parted, and the evening sun walked me home, well, it walked me to the car anyway. Please enjoy these pretty trees and jack-o-lanterns courtesy UK’s R.O.T.C. It’s fall in Kentucky, and I’m so happy to be here to enjoy it.
“Life’s blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm.”
~ Norman Vincent Peale
It was a gorgeous sunset. Even as I’m thankful for all I have, for the wonderful people that surround me, for all the fortune and joy I’ve been given in this life, something beautiful like this sunset reminds me that maybe I’m not thankful enough. There’s always more to be thankful for. Fall in Kentucky is stunning, and I am eternally grateful to be here for it.
“I knocked, and the door opened. But I found that I had been knocking from the inside.”
Due to a strong storm front last night, city officials moved Trick or Treat to tonight. I had forgotten about it, but I thought it wouldn’t matter anyway because nobody would be out. I was wrong. My street was peppered with the cutest Trick or Treaters ever. I didn’t go home. I drove straight to Walgreens for candy. That’s when, after six years of passing this house, I finally had a chance to photograph this year’s Halloween extravaganza. The owners decorate for every holiday. Each display is elaborate. Even Easter looks like the bunny blew up all over the yard, and after dark is especially festive. I found their Halloween motif a little creepy this year. The 10′ foot clown sandwiched between the 8′ mummy and the crucifix skeleton is probably what did it. But ya know, they really enjoy decorating, and frankly, I find it fascinating. Happy belated Halloween and Samhain, and Happy Celtic New Year ya’ll! May your yard always be full of fun.