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.

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.

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

may 1, 2012

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Be curious, not judgmental.” ~ Walt Whitman

may day

While tradition demands we dance around a maypole, me and my KY tribe feasted on May Day pie instead. (Annie Bassoni, Eric “Big Daddy” and Heidi Morrow, and Stacy Yelton, not pictured) Heidi’s due date is this Sunday. With the super full moon cresting at 11:30 Saturday night, my money’s on a Cinco de Mayo arrival. We’ve promised to come to the hospital in sombreros should I be right. OLE!