august 5, 2019

“Real empathy is sometimes not insisting that it will be okay, but acknowledging that it is not.” ~ Sheryl Sandberg     Somewhere in my house are photos of Gary Thurman that probably no one but me has seen. And that’s where they’ll remain until the remodel is over and I can get back in to find them. So, for now, this starting gate at Keeneland will have to stand

september 8, 2017

“Always leave room in your soul for love, laughter, and a dash of weirdness.” ~ Unknown     Meet my dear, dear friend Sharon Shearman. We met in 1998 when I worked my first Keeneland sale for Maggie Jacobs. Sharon was an exchange student from New Zealand also working for Maggie. We three became fast friends, and we have remained friends ever since. The Outhouse didn’t exist last time Sharon

august 12, 2016

Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. ~ Nido Qubein     Today was the much anticipated Kentucky Field Trip with our IFLA guests. We wanted to give them a good overview of how beautiful and awesome The Bluegrass State can be. What better way than Keeneland and Buffalo Trace Distillery? Bright and early we loaded up the UK bus (with our awesome driver, Sarah)

june 7, 2014

“Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.” ~ Eckhart Tolle     Some of my favorite people celebrate birthdays today. Lisa Banyai is one of them. As I’ve mentioned before, it was a number of conversations with her some ten years ago that inspired my current photo series Sacred Spaces. This morning she sent a text asking if I was headed to Keeneland to wager on

june 6, 2014

“Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe and have faith that everything will work out for the best.” ~ Unknown     I had the chance to see Becky Ryder at Keeneland. The sales arena was empty. I can’t think of anybody more suited to stand on that stage than Becky. She loves horses; horse sales, horse lore, horse pictures,

september 21, 2013

“Just look at life with more playful eyes. Don’t be serious. Seriousness becomes like a blindness. Don’t pretend to be a thinker, a philosopher. Just simply be a human being. The whole world is showering its joy on you in so many ways, but if you are too serious, you cannot open your heart.” ~Osho I just love impromptu adventures. First stop: Meadowthorpe Cafe with Stacy Yelton and Annie Bassoni.

september 20, 2013

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.” ~ Chinese Proverb I was invited to a wonderful lunch at Keeneland with Becky Ryder and Shell Dunn. The September yearling sales are on: the same sale I first worked back in 1997 where I met two of my best friends in all the world, Maggie Jacobs and Sharon Shearman. I loved the excitement then,

october 24, 2012

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” ~ Charles Darwin Look at that enthusiasm. That’s my dear friend Becky Ryder. She’s the Director of Keeneland Library.  You’ll never meet a more enthusiastic woman. Ever! I joined her and friends Liz Stoll and Dan, Delinda, and Thelma Howell at Keeneland for the

october 10, 2012

“There is a blessing hidden in even life’s biggest challenges, but you have to be willing to open your heart and your eyes to see them.” ~ Hippie Peace Freaks I had one of the best days ever. Kiya Heartwood, Stacy Yelton, and I started with lunch before going to Keeneland for the day. Losing the first three races, we managed to score big on the remaining four. The weather

february 15, 2012

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. ” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Another stellar lunch was had with two of my all-time favorite people, Becky Ryder and Marie Dale. We were entertained by the faux-comedy of one particular cashier who, in a very loud voice for all the land to hear, called each and every customer baby,