“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” ~ Frida Kahlo.
“Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
You might remember Deb and Virgil Alcorn from when they married way back in 2013. It was one of the few weddings I agreed to shoot, and I’m so glad I did. But five years between outhouse appearances is far too long for people I love! Last Saturday, they found me tucked between two booths in the Scarefest exhibit hall trying to be incognito with my long lens (never works, by the way). We talked for a bit, then they went on their way. But I had that long lens so I could follow them without ever leaving the safety of my hidey hole. Deb finally saw me and we had a good laugh. I don’t know how I got so lucky to make such fine, fine friends, but I’m sure glad I did.
“You got to look at things with the eye of your heart, not the eye in your head.” ~ Unknown
Terry Keys told me a story many years ago that I will never get out of my head, and I don’t want to. It’s his story to tell, but it has to do with the pronunciation of his name, where Terry is pronounced as Turry. I can’t hear the name without hearing Terry (Turry) Keys. That includes when I say my own last name. It’s Turry’s voice I hear in my head. While we were waiting in line to meet Sid Davis he offered me his glasses since I was clearly struggling to see the camera settings and refusing to wear my own. I could see better out of his glasses than I can my own. That Turry sure is a keeper.
“Don’t ruin a new day by thinking about yesterday. Let it go.” ~ Unknown
I looked up from my desk to find this standing in front of me. I laughed out loud and I couldn’t help but think of Carol Hart. I know it’s not a hat (the hats Stacy used to model from Kroger that Carol found so cute), but somehow I think Carol would have appreciated Stacy in these Shamrock glasses. Stacy(sans Shamrock glasses) and I met Catherine Brereton and Susan Stewart for dinner after work. I was hoping for a Guinness to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but we ended up at a place that didn’t have it. No matter, it was a great day with a load of laughs, lots of Irish luck, and no snakes. I call that a winning day.
“Fight depression by any means necessary. Kindness, rest, routines, exercise, simplicity, meditation; find one pleasure. LOVE SOMETHING.” ~ David DeWitt
The thing I love most about my job is getting to know the people who work tirelessly to collect and preserve Kentucky’s history. Miles Hoskins is one such person. You might remember him from the first year of the outhouse when Reinette Jones and I travelled to Mt. Sterling and the Montgomery County Historical Society to pick up some historic newspapers. We had the occasion to go back today. Not only is Miles one of the most unique people I’ve ever meet, he’s also one of the most passionate historians I’ve ever run across. Even his glasses belonged to his great grandfather. That passion has essentially turned him into a one-man show with the Historical Society, and he has worked hard to build a resource Montgomery Countians can be proud of. He knows a lot about genealogy, particularly in Montgomery County, but he knows his own genealogy pretty well, too. Today, we discovered we share our 3x great-grandfather, William Patrick, Jr. (1794-1880). Laughter ensued. If you’re ever in Mt. Sterling and you happen to meet Miles, tell him I said hello. I guarantee he’ll pat you on the back and talk your leg off. You’ll love every minute of it.