august 7, 2019

“Compassion does not just happen. Pity does, but compassion is not pity. It’s not a feeling. Compassion is a viewpoint, a way of life, a perspective, a habit that becomes a discipline – and more than anything else, compassion is a choice we make that love is more important than comfort or convenience.” ~ Glennon Doyle Melton      My lunch mates made me laugh, before and after this picture. 

july 24, 2018

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain” ~ Henry Ford     Jeff Suchanek and his sweet wife Jeanne made my day. I was feeling a little down this morning when suddenly Jeff sprang into my office with a totally unexpected gift. They’d gone to a reading by poet F. Keith Wahle at Brier Books. They thought I would enjoy his work. They were right! It’s hilarious and

january 5, 2018

“Always do your best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment, it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz     Jeff Suchanek is one of my all-time favorite people. Years ago, when he was the Director of the Nunn Center for Oral History,

april 7, 2017

“Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.” ~ Unknown     Our shero was in the studio with Jeff Suchanek once again continuing to tell her story. As you can see, Jeff likes to fatten up his subjects before he makes them talk. Two of my favorite people getting along famously. I call that a beautiful day.

march 15, 2017

“Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.” ~ Oscar Wilde     The Ides of March is known for its turbulent past. On this year’s Ides of March I had the pleasure of delivering a van-load of historic newspapers to one of Kentucky’s best journalistic efforts, the Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg. It snowed in Eastern KY last night, making the morning drive beautiful, albeit frigid. Judy Sackett, our ever faithful

october 17, 2016

“Life is short. Take the trip. Buy the shoes. Eat the cake.” ~ Unknown     Our night on the town Saturday included a full Hunter’s Moon. It was gorgeous staring down at us through the Pacific coast clouds. I’m a big – and growing – fan of night shots, but they’re not very good without a tripod. Still, I offer these up for your enjoyment and hope they lift

october 13, 2016

“We tend to understand that adding things to our lives will enrich us, but somethings need to be removed to propel us.” ~ Unknown     One of the great things about hanging with the locals is learning where all the best places are. Judy is that local in SoCal. A native of Long Beach, she roamed the coast with her sister when they were growing up. She took Jeff and I

october 12, 2016

“You will never speak to anyone more than you speak to yourself in your head. Be kind to yourself.” ~ Unknown     I left Pasadena early, making my way to the totally awesome retro Long Beach airport to pick up my conference companions Jeff Suchanek and Judy Sackett. They left Lexington at 5:30am. Easily an exhaustible flight, the two soldiered on through the afternoon. Judy, always the perfect tour

september 3, 2016

“This, too, shall pass. It might pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.” ~ Unknown     The quote sounds like something Jeff would say. This is Jeff Suchanek and his wife, Jeanne. I’ve worked with Jeff for over 15 years. He’s one of the finest people I know, and one of the best oral history interviewers in the world. Years ago, when he was director of the

february 9, 2015

“An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break. May you be open to each thread that comes into your life – the golden ones and the course ones – and may you weave them into a beautiful life.” ~ Ancient Chinese proverb     Today’s outhouse VIP is J. Wendel Cox.