april 27, 2019

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“Do everything with so much love in your heart that you would never want to do it any other way.” ~ Unknown

 

gathering ’round the birthday gal

 

I had the honor of celebrating Erin Chandler’s trip around the sun with her and some of the most interesting women I know. Seriously: every woman at the table had an inspiring story of life. Erin, being one of these women, made her own birthday dinner and had party gifts for her guests which included a book she personally chose for each of us. I was really touched by these acts of kindness. It’s a very cool thing to do to entertain people you love on your birthday. We laughed, we talked, we ate hearty, and most importantly, we spent quality time with Erin who looked more beautiful than I’ve seen her in a long time. She inspires me every day and I’m incredibly proud of the work she’s doing these days. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for her because her light continues to shine brightly in our world. Happy Birthday, Erin. I love you from the bottom of my heart and I’m proud to be your friend.

december 23, 2015

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“Something powerfully good and infinitely expansive is seeking to breathe through you, lifting your life to its highest possibility. Say yes.” ~ Marianne Williamson

 

get down
get down

 

If you’re in the Central Kentucky area, and you see that Bruce Lewis is playing at a club, you should really go hear him. He’s a fabulous singer and a killer guitarist. Bruce was amongst the musicians that entertained us at Erin’s dinner party last night.

 

listening to the man
listening to the man

 

Bruce can play anything, and he played quite a range of genres for us. He moved seamlessly from Hendrix to some little jazz number. The room was captivated by him. Did I mention he’s Erin and Whit’s cousin? The whole family is a talented bunch I tell you. And it doesn’t hurt that they’re as sweet as they are gifted. I was honored to be in the audience.

 

love what you do, do what you love
love what you do, do what you love

december 22, 2015

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“Fear has two meanings:
‘Forget everything and run’ or ‘Face everything and rise.’
The choice is yours.”
~ Zig Ziglar

 

hostess and her mostest
hostess and her mostest

 

Erin Chandler had a gathering to say goodbye to 2015, welcome 2016, and bring together a few family and friends for laughs, food, and music. Indeed, we had all of that and more. Some of us met for the first time. Others of us knew one another from various and sundry parts of our lives. And many of Erin’s closest family joined in the celebration.

 

a family of best friends
a family of best friends

 

Erin’s first cousin, Whit, confessed to me as we stood in the kitchen. He confessed that he attended many a Stealin Horses show at Café LMNOP during his youth. He was the guy doing the pogo. If you’ve ever seen a Stealin Horses show, you’ll know that during our take on Gloria, Kiya would pogo at some point, and always the dancers would join in. Whit was one of those Solid Gold Dancers! He made my night with that story. Plus, I realized that I hadn’t been crazy all these years by thinking I knew him from somewhere. I really did.

 

love beyond all reckoning
love beyond all reckoning

 

Whit’s mom, Erin’s Aunt Toss, was drawn to the music. She was also drawn to Silas House. She was very cute about it, too, making her way around the room quietly, weaving in and out of the crowd, until finally, she made him scoot over so she could sit beside him. She’d had her eye on him from the start. Ultimately, however, she was in it for the music. The bottom photo with Whit warms my heart so much. He is so tender with her in the way he talks with her, the way he touches her. Frankly, I think Whit hung the moon. That he’s also one of the world’s best huggers is just icing on the cake.

 

everybody's got a song to sing
everybody’s got a song to sing

 

It was a great evening just as Erin intended. Before dinner we each said what we were grateful for in 2015 and what we hoped for in 2016. I’m blessed in so many ways and grateful for every bit of it. That’s true in 2015, and it will be true in 2016 come what may.