april 14, 2017

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“We have to make an effort to extend our natural compassion, not just through prayer or coining nice words, but by making good use of our intelligence. That’s how to become happy ourselves, in a happy family, a happy community and a happier world.” ~ Dalai Lama

 

tail feathers

 

They held a Native American heritage festival on campus this afternoon. I was super bummed that I didn’t have my long lens with me. The Student Activities Board (SAB), that sponsored the event, has put on similar cultural gatherings over the years like last year’s Holi Indian Festival of Spring.

 

sundancer

 

It was a gorgeous, warm day. The front lawn was perfectly manicured. A Lakota tipi (from the 1880’s the sign said) was erected next to the cannon. There was a drum circle. Food was served. Hamburgers I believe, which to my knowledge is not a Native American food. I didn’t see any fry bread or Indian tacos, which I would have expected. I was pleased that SAB was trying to acknowledge, for once, the fact that Native Americans exist and the cultures are worthy of sharing. It was a beautiful way to end the work week.

 

wide open

february 22, 2017

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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ” ~ Unknown

 

Federalista!

 

In front of the main building sits a cannon nicknamed Federalista, as I learned this evening. I hardly notice it, actually. It’s sort of dwarfed by the building and the open field it overlooks. The same field where the ROTC do their drills; where the Student Activities Board held Holi: Festival of Color. There’s an inscription on the stone pedestal that’s nearly illegible save for a word or two, just enough for me to find an old picture and description that reads, “Cannon, captured by the United States forces from Spain during the Spanish – American War, the city of Lexington, Kentucky gave the cannon to the university in 1903, historically the cannon has been the object of numerous pranks.” I did some more digging. A fair amount of old cannons were brought to the U.S. from Cuba after the war in 1898. They were distributed throughout the country as spoils of war. It’s not clear why, or even how exactly, Lexington ended up with this circa 1795 Spanish cannon. As for the pranks, it’s a college campus. Everything is subject to prankdom. If the cannon was pointed at the main building and filled with manure, as suggested by one story… that’s pretty funny stuff. You’ve got to give college kids credit for originality if nothing else. Federalista – outstanding in her field (and cemented shut just in case any more original ideas pop up).

february 16, 2017

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“An open mind is like an open window. It lets the fresh air in.” ~ Mike Hernacki

 

postcard afternoon

 

Some walks at the end of the day are a bit like walking through a postcard. It’s not a postcard from the beach, mountains, tropical paradise, or African safari, but it’s what I’ve got. I can sure think of worse. I’m awfully grateful for the view, the steadiness, the perks, and especially my sweet co-workers. 

october 29, 2015

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“What if today we were just grateful for everything.” ~ Unknown

 

horse chestnut
horse chestnut

 

Look at this beauty of a tree! The sky cleared after two days of rain and the sun targeted this Horse Chestnut as if it were a beacon. There are several Horse Chestnut trees on campus and they’re always gorgeous. But this one;  this one says ‘Hello! Welcome to the University of Kentucky‘. What a welcome.