“Never trust someone who isn’t kind to animals.” ~ Unknown
1. Annie Bassoni and sweet, sweet artist friend Katie Swartz from Mason, Ohio.
2. Artist and BFF Deb Chenault selling her wares as Annie and Jeanne Marie Hibberd (and my forehead) look on
3. The totally awesome maker of the coolest crows ever, artist Steve Heartsill
4. Longtime BFFs and artists David and Rebecca Miller Campbell were surprised that I didn’t have the large camera. I like to keep them guessing!
5. The Morgan County Corner of Kentucky Market was more than well represented with photographer Dean Hill next door to David and Rebecca. They make Morgan County proud.
6. Mary Barber, whom I had not seen in easily 40+ years, recognized my name as Annie yelled “Kopana, I’m going to the restroom.” I grew up and went through school with Mary’s youngest sisters, and graduated with the baby of the Barber Clan, Cynthia. It was absolutely wonderful to catch up with her.
7. Yours truly entered these photos in the KY Arts Council’s Veterans traveling exhibit. This is the second time I’ve had work in an exhibit that ended up at The Market. #proud
8. Annie and an adorable cup made by Katie. It was a gorgeous day in the Bluegrass, a perfect day to see beautiful art and wonderful friends. I call this day a win.
“Our reaction to a situation literally has the power to change the situation itself.” ~ Unknown
I had the opportunity to go to KY Crafted: The Market. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I met Annie Bassoni at the venue and off we went a-lookin’ at glorious art. For three hours we went a-lookin’, and along the way we ran into lots of friends, old and new. David Campbell (above) finally found a way to elude my lens, although it took hiding behind the black curtain to do it. I love David and Rebecca so much. This was her first year at The Market and she won KAC’s Accessibility Award. David also pointed out something really special about this year’s event. “There are three artists here from Morgan County. You’re in the exhibit, Dean Hill is down the other aisle, and here we are. I texted Pam (Oldfield Meade) and told her next year she has to be involved so Morgan County can just take over the whole thing!” Speaking of Dean Hill, he took home a purchase award from the Chamber of Commerce. Rebecca and Dean, way to represent Morgan County! I’m awfully proud to be among such gifted artists from Morgan County, and the Commonwealth overall. There’s just so much good in this state that I have to pinch myself sometimes to remember that I’m here, too, and I’m part of it. Pictured below are just some of the wonderful people I saw today: 1. Judy Sackett and Nancy Lewis 2. Deb Chenault and Annie Bassoni 3. Rebecca Miller Campbell and her beautiful creations.
“Death, as tragic and difficult as it is to accept, has a way of helping us put things into perspective. Relationships that have been taken for granted suddenly take on greater significance. Even our words become more meaningful. Things that were only thought before, are now said. We take more stock of our limited time and we begin to make better use of our time by connecting more consistently and in deeper ways. The challenge, of course, is to maintain this perspective beyond the days that follow our shared tragedy. At the end of life, the only thing that will really matter won’t be our material possessions or professional accolades. It will be the tender memories of family and friends that we have stored in the treasure room of our hearts and minds. Perhaps our greatest memories occur when our individual stories somehow connect and merge with another’s story to form a new path that we walk on together. I am thankful to be a part of the Terry family story, the shared paths of the past, and I look forward to new chapters being written in the future. Thank you Kopana for setting forth our shared journey in pictures and words for reflection and posterity sake. You are the best! And, as Tiny Tim would say, “God bless us all – everyone!”’ ~ Michael Terry
If you’ve followed the outhouse over time you know that I choose the daily quotes up to two weeks ahead of their publish date. Today’s quote is no different. It came from cousin Michael as a comment on a post nearly two weeks ago. I was so moved by his eloquence that I wanted to share it, because it spoke to me on so many levels, and it was positive in its message which is, of course, what I strive for. As so often happens, to me anyway, today brought more life affirming messages my way. The first came as a private facebook message from my old friend and colleague, Ann Howington. It’s been several years since we last saw one another, and many months since we last corresponded. Suddenly, there she was: “I gotta tell you, I am making a list of people who inspire me the most and you are at the top of my list. You have that “spark” that everyone else wants. You also make me laugh so much – whether in person, on FB or in the outhouse! Love you, Ko. Shine on!” My heart melted. When you think you aren’t making a difference along comes someone who says, “You make a big difference!” It was one of the finest compliments anyone has ever paid me. It was timely, too, as I’ve been pondering what I should do next for work. Then, I came home to find a rather official envelope in my mailbox from the state capital. I thought I was being audited or something horrid like that. Instead, I found this letter from State Representative Jeff Donohue. “Thank you for sharing your talent with the Commonwealth,” it said. Well, I must say, when God and the Universe want my attention, they certainly know how to get it. I’m beyond grateful that Michael, Ann, and Jeff Donohue (whom I’ve never met) chose to tell me what they thought. After all this I don’t believe I need to ponder anything. I reckon I’m on the right track. Here’s to making more art and being thankful for every moment.
“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” ~ John Burroughs
After a wonderful brunch with my cousins, long overdue thanks to the brutal winter, I met up with Judy Sackett (mirror) and Annie Bassoni (left) for a twirl through Kentucky Crafted: The Market. Our first stop of course was Deb Chenault’s booth where she was being assisted by Sandy Davis, seen here showing off her new bourbon barrel stool. It was so good to see and talk with them. Even though it hasn’t been quite two months since we last met, it feels like six, which feels way too long. Judy and Annie gave me a wonderful afternoon, and they reminded me how fortunate I am to be surrounded by such compassionate, intelligent women. Good friends and art: the perfect day.