“If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick every day.” ~ Leonard Cohen
Today concludes the last of the Library Spring Gala photos. You met Mark Cornelison back in 2014. He was the official photog at the gala, and boy did we all have a good time telling him congratulations. Not, because he was the photog, but because he’s going to be a dad very soon! I’m very excited for him. He’s great guy and he’ll be a great dad. The gala was fun, the people spectacular, and I am a lucky woman to know them all.
“You will not be punished for your anger. You will be punished by your anger.” ~ Buddhist Proverb
You’ve met friend and colleague Judy Sackett many times. Here she’s pictured with her fantastic son, Michael. I’ve heard about Michael for 15 years, but only had the chance to talk with him to and from the Library Gala. He was our chauffeur for the evening. He was the perfect gentleman for the job. Having just completed his stint with AmeriCorps, Michael was home and a willing participant for Gala-ing. He really is one of the finest young men I’ve ever met. Judy did real good raising him, and I know his future will be full of greatness.
Remember I said Judi Jennings and Anne Ritchie were the best of friends? Do you need further proof than this mile wide smile-O-gram? Judi was the first person I saw when I got out of the car (because Michael, being totally awesome, drove Judy and I to the door). I knew it was going to be a great night the second I saw her. As ever, she did not let me down. Apparently, there’s something pretty cool in the name “Judy/Judi” no matter how you spell it.
“When the mind gets small, problems get big. When the mind gets big, problems get small.”
~ Andrew Holecek
I got to hang out with one of my favorite people today; Judi Jennings. She gave an inspiring presentation, turning it into a piece of performance art of sorts, which I thought absolutely brilliant. Most of the presentations at OHA are people reading their papers rather than presenting on their papers. In keeping with that methodology Judi read her paper, but she very smartly tapped some audience members ahead of time to read quotes. The funniest part of all was when she quoted Don Ritchie and Don Ritchie, siting in the audience, read his own quote. It got big laughs.
You might recall that I had the pleasure to meet Donald Ritchie just a few weeks ago when he stopped by for an interview in Lexington. He and Judi are long-time pals, but Judi and Don’s wife, Anne Campbell Ritchie, go back even further. At tonight’s awards reception I had the opportunity to meet her. I was stunned to learn that she already knew who I was from my Stealin Horses days. I think I blushed. Both she and Don were so kind to me, but I would expect no less of Judi’s close friends. Judi is just such a blessing to me, and to so many other people, not just in Kentucky but across the country. I love and respect her from the bottom of my heart. Always have. Always will.
“I would tell my younger self to work less and take more vacations. I would tell my younger self that everybody is replaceable and hard work isn’t always rewarded so keep that whole work thing in perspective. I would remind my younger self to eat less, work out more, and wear your sunscreen.” ~ Anna Krueger
I find inside Louisville’s Heyburn Building compelling. It sits across the street from the famous Brown Hotel (home of the original Hot Brown), itself a throwback to the 1920’s when both were built. The Heyburn’s twelfth floor hallway feels like The Shining to me, but without a weird “redrum” kid. The place is packed with Mad Men offices. Yet, in all the years I’ve been here, I’ve never met a single person in the hall or heard a sound save for the occasional jet passing overhead.
What the building lacks in vibrancy, my long time friend and director of the Kentucky Foundation for Women, Judi Jennings, makes up for in spades. Judi is one of the most thought provoking people I’ve ever met. She’s a tireless activist, academic, and artistic aficionado. But don’t let that heady stuff fool you. Judi can get down with the best of ’em. In fact, we were musing about how me met 25 years ago. I was, as she likes to tell people, “a kick-butt drummer” playing the Appalshop Christmas party as she and Gurney Norman cut a Hillbilly rug like nobody was watching. Some memories are meant to last, and there’s no better person to make a memory with or dance to my drumming than sweet Judi. May her goodness and compassion be as infectious to the world as her kick-butt dance moves.