november 4, 2018

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“Ideally, one would live as if one were going to die the next day. I mean, if you were going to die the next day it would be well worth sitting and watching the sun set, or rise. It might not be worth doing a huge laundry.” ~ May Sarton

 

all in the family

 

I don’t know why I love this picture so much, but I sure do. Maybe it’s the generations. Maybe it’s that the women – Robin Jackson and her mother Sonja Herron Keck – are looking one direction as the men – Sonja’s man, Wayne Gourley, and her great-grandson (Robin’s grandson) Ace – look another. Or maybe it’s that they’re eating (Sonja’s an incredible cook), they’re listening to music, and they’re together. This was Ace’s first 2-Pony Fall Ball. He took to it like a champ and never once shied away from my camera. I even got good shots of his elusive Mema, Sonja, and she’s a tough one to nail down. Meanwhile, Robin Jackson deserves a medal, for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was the Fall Ball. She, Marilyn Crain, and Tanya Comingdeer put the party together and took it apart. I love her dearly and I was thrilled to see most of her family on hand to celebrate friendship and music. I’m eternally grateful for all of them.

april 10, 2016

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“Words are mere bubbles of water, but deeds are drops of gold.” ~ Chinese proverb

 

Opal @ 106
Opal @ 106

 

You’ve heard me talk before about my friend Opal. You first met her in May 2012 when she was just 102. Now, at 106 and showing no signs of stopping anytime soon, she and two other Centenarian Kentuckians were honored at a dinner given by Sanders-Brown Center for Aging the night before she attended her great-granddaughter Taylor’s baby shower. This may have been the first time Opal met Grier Whitehouse, I’m not sure, but the massive amount of history that has taken place between her birth and his was not lost on any of us. Opal was born before women had the vote, before the Titanic ever set sail, before WWI. Compare that with Grier who was born nearly 50 years after man’s first landing on the moon and the World Wide Web had transformed nearly every aspect of the modern world. The contrast is profound. What a joyous moment to witness. Opal always honors me with a smile, and for that I am truly grateful.

 

listen here young man
listen here young man

january 16, 2016

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“Say goodbye to drama, toxic people, and self-criticism. Say yes to more happiness, love in your life, and time with good friends.” ~ Unknown

 

spreading happiness
spreading happiness

 

Meet Steve and Anne Kiselewich. They joined the party back in November to welcome Grier Whitehouse to the horde. The same party when we also celebrated their son-in-law, Brett Bick’s, birthday who, of course, shared his cake and candles with his son, Jackson and wife Lisa. Steve is calm, quiet, and exquisitely kind. Anne is outgoing and I’m not sure she has ever met a stranger. She is the embodiment of happiness, and she shares that happiness every time I see her. I hope to follow her lead.

october 20, 2012

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‎‎”Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything.
~ Ray Bradbury

nieces

The Terry’s started a tradition last October. The loss of my/our grandparents in 2009, followed by the sale of their estate, left us feeling homeless. Uncle Harold and Aunt Phyllis offered up their farm as a gathering place not too far from the old home. We can’t all attend in October for a variety of reasons – there are more than 80 of us, after all – but the fellowship is no less significant for those who can. Family is where it’s at. Below are the three living generations, with the forth generation starting in December!

three generations

Missing were my dad because he left before the pictures were taken; plus 11-2nd gen, and 12-3rd gen. That’s a lot of people missing.