may 9, 2019

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“Keep what is worth keeping, and with breaths of kindness, blow the rest away.” ~ Unknown

 

power librarians

 

This afternoon I was at Keeneland Library for a meeting and who should I see as soon as I walk in but my favorite cousin Dan Prater. After warm hugs and giggles, Dan led me into the meeting, which included mentor and friend Becky Ryder, Director of Keeneland Library. After the meeting, Becky and I stayed behind and talked a bit about how long we’ve known each other. We also agreed that we never want to eat pizza under florescent lights again (an inside joke…so to speak). These two delightful souls are such lights in the world. Getting to be in their presences – if only for a moment – is like winning the life lottery. Keepers for sure.

september 13, 2017

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“When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” ~ Ellen DeGeneres

 

glass

 

This gorgeous piece of glass art by Dale Chihuly was gifted to Keeneland from Makers Mark. It’s on display in the Keeneland Library. Chihuly’s work is eye catching to say the least. It can be incredibly complicated even in a seemingly simple form. I’ve never seen a piece of his work that’s boring. It’s always very fluid and colorful like this one. I do giggle from time to time. Each individual piece – on its own – reminds me of something sculpture professor Gary Bibbs drilled into our heads (for those of us in his classes); one does not want to make work that could be used as a candy dish. But my giggles soon fade when I consider the intricacies of the work, and the interconnectedness of each form to the others. It’s far from a candy dish. I really want to see Chihuly’s large installation piece at Makers Mark distillery. I’ve seen photos and it looks pretty incredible. Art makes my soul sing.

september 11, 2017

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“The most important thing to remember is this: to be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.” ~ W. E. B. Du Bois

 

turn the page

 

I picked up Sharon from Bluegrass Airport with no plan whatsoever for what to do next. I just started driving, got to the red light, and drove across the street to Keeneland. After all, that’s where Sharon and I met nearly 20 years ago, so it felt the natural thing to do. But our lives have been pretty similar beyond horses as we both also wound up in libraries. Of course, the next natural thing was to go to Keeneland’s Library. I took a chance that my library mentor and Director of Keeneland Library, Becky Ryder, was in the office. With no warning at all, Becky dropped everything and gave our Kiwi friend the Five-Dollar tour. That’s Becky for ya; always ready to show library and equine enthusiasts around her beautiful space. Sharon absolutely loved it, of course, and she thought Becky was totally awesome for spending so much time with us. She was still talking about the wall quilt of African-American jockeys (below) the next day. I agree with Sharon: Becky is super awesome to share her time and talent with a fellow library traveller. I always enjoy seeing Becky, and I was proud for her to show off her beautiful space devoted to racing’s history. I picked a really smart mentor, and two super cool friends. 

 

hanging history

october 30, 2014

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“No matter where you are in your life,
you will always be able to come up with an excuse to wait. Don’t.”
~ Lamisha Serf-Walls

 

flying over Keeneland
flying over Keeneland

 

The main runway of Lexington Bluegrass Airport is just a stone’s throw from the Keeneland Library. I would think it a bit unnerving at first, to be inside and hear jets sound as if they’re coming through the roof. It’s actually very quiet and serene. It’s also in a beautiful spot perched atop the hill overlooking rolling bluegrass and distant horse barns. If heaven has a library it probably looks like this, except you’ll see the wings on the horses.

april 15, 2014

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A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.
~ Cicero

April (snow) showers, bring (brown) May flowers
April (snow) showers, bring (brown) May flowers

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I woke up. There was snow on my apple blossoms. I laughed out loud. Yesterday was shorts and flip-flop weather. While I’m not thrilled at the return of winter, it did make for a beautiful morning. Then, in the evening, I attended a lecture at the always gorgeous Keeneland Library where I met in person for the first time my cousin, Dan Prater (below). Long story short, about a year ago Becky Ryder (director of the library) told me she had an ace volunteer from Morgan County. She told Dan, said ace volunteer, she had a friend from Morgan County. He figured out right away how we’re related. (He is the great-nephew of my great-grandfather Prater, in case you’re wondering) We became fast friends, but it was all virtual, until today. We talked for a long, long time after the lecture. It will not be our last talk because he’s totally awesome. This was a great day, snow and all.

cousin
cousin

march 20, 2013

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Art and happiness do not need permission!” ~ Jeanne Marie Hibberd

the director
the director

I went to Keeneland Library where Becky Ryder is director. I needed video footage of her snapping polyester microfilm. That doesn’t make any sense if you don’t know anything about microfilm, but trust me on this, it’s a hoot. I had the best time with her. We talked and laughed and talked and laughed some more. I’ve always admired Becky’s enthusiasm for her work, and her sunny disposition to life in general. It’s infectious, really. She’s brimming with ideas and a ‘can do’ attitude all the time. I miss working along side her for all those reasons, but also because she’s extraordinarily smart, capable, witty, a lover of animals, politically and socially attuned, and genuinely kind. There aren’t many people who are the whole package, but Becky’s all that and a bag of Doritos. I’ve been extremely blessed to have her in my life as a mentor, but more importantly as a friend.

rip this film
rip this film