august 15, 2015

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“Remember that your natural state is joy.” ~ Wayne Dyer

 

we all scream for ice cream
we all scream for ice cream

 

I met Annie Bassoni at the Woodland Art Fair today. I had so much fun, and ran into so many people I love. It really did my heart good to hug all their necks. My favorite photo of the day, however, has got to be this little girl asking Bangaly Savané for ice cream. Or maybe she was just staring because he’s a totally beautiful human being inside and out.

 

new friends
new friends

 

I was crossing the street to meet Annie when I very nearly ran into Lori-Lyn Hurley, one of my all-time favorite people ever. She is such a light to the world, and just a joy to be around. She walked with us to Elaine Heis’ booth by the Christian Church where they met for the first time. Annie wanted to take our picture, and well, we had a good time with it (below). I love these women so much even though it’s obvious it’s time for me to drop some weight. I don’t care. I love the pictures anyway. Thank you, Annie, for taking the camera away from me and letting me be with my peeps.

 

funny gals
funny gals

 

The next people I ran into was Bangaly and Mamadou Savané. They had the brilliant idea of an ice cream booth at the fair. Sav’s Chill serves homemade gourmet ice cream, and what better for a hot summer afternoon than Bourbon Chocolate ice cream from these two sweet men? Not much, except talking to them, too. I’m so proud of them.

 

Sav's latest project
Sav’s latest project

 

And then there was all the other favorite people I saw and hugged (apologizes to Deirdre Scaggs for not having the good sense to whip out the camera to photograph her with the awesome door wreath she’d just bought). I spotted Elaine’s daughter, Crystal, from a ways off. Mr. Boyfriend, aka Ken Trainor, saw me but played along. The surprise shot wasn’t worth posting, but their shot together was cute. And surprise, there stood Marlon Hurst. More hugs, and what a sweet, happy smile he gave me. I was honored to meet his girlfriend, Cathy, too.

 

sweet peeps
sweet peeps

 

There were three exhibitors I intended to see at the fair. The last to be found was David and Rebecca Campbell. We always joke about my stealth photo ways. I manage to catch them unaware, the results of which are not always their best looks. They’ve become pretty attuned to my sneaky ways as a result, but I caught them anyway (above). And I thought I was going to have to resort to a telephoto lens – guess not!

 

Deb and Kale
Deb and Kale

 

Finally, we found Deb Chenault at her booth, Twelfth House Designs. Like Annie before her, Crystal grabbed my camera and popped a shot of me with my peeps. Annie did not want to be in the picture, as you can plainly see, but she was very quick to show her disapproval of kale. I can’t say I blame her. I can’t acquire a taste for it myself.  It was a great day. I loved seeing so many of my favorite people. I’ve included many photos in today’s post because I started my day having coffee over the phone with Angie Bliss Fanning. She wanted to see the festival. I wish she’d been here to go with us, so I hope the photos help bring her a little closer to The Bluegrass for a while.

 

self portrait
self portrait

april 10, 2015

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“The spirit of a man is constructed out of his choices.” ~ Irvin D. Yalom

 

two great guys
two great guys

 

If you live in Lexington, or you’ve followed the outhouse since the beginning, then you likely remember Mamadou Savané (right), owner of Sav’s Grill and West African Cuisine near UK’s campus. You might also recall last year when he suffered a kitchen accident that burned a good portion of his body. His son, Bangaly (left), then only 18 and running the family’s adjacent business, Sav’s Chill, kept both businesses running until his father returned to work several months later. That would be a hard thing to do as a mature adult, let alone a teenager just out of school with dreams of becoming a pilot. Bangaly more than rose to the challenge, and incidentally, his piloting dreams are coming true.

 

one of his best customers
one of his best customers

 

Crystal Heis, Eric Weig, and I made our way to Sav’s for a delightful, and way overdue, lunch today. Crystal is how I met Sav, and this was the first time either of us had seen him since the accident. If I didn’t love the guy before, I surely do now. His love for his son is palpable. His sense of gratitude to the community of thousands who chipped in to help with medical bills was evident. His thankfulness for being alive was obvious, especially when he showed us pictures of his burns. I don’t often wince at such things, but they were jarring. He has healed incredibly well, and I think his joyous state of mind is partly responsible. His soul’s light is brighter than ever before, and he has imbued his son with this same spirit. There are good people in this world. Here be two of them.

 

Sav
Sav

january 25, 2012

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Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money ~ Cree Proverb

the most excellent chef

This is Mamadou Savané. He’s from Kindia, Guinea in West Africa. His wife was in the Peace Corps there, and that’s where they met. He came back to the states with her and was soon cooking for friends and family. Apparently, they encouraged him to open a restaurant. So, he did. It’s called Sav’s Grill and West African Cuisine. He serves some of the most delicious food I’ve ever eaten. He has filled the small space with beautiful paintings and artwork of Africa; the decor as colorful as the African landscape. As a bonus, Sav is one of the nicest people you will ever met. His smile is infectious. His kindness a cut above the rest.

Go. Try his food when you’re in Lexington. I promise that you’ll be pleasantly surprised. I recommend the peanut chicken over fufu. It’s good enough to make ya wanna slap yer granny.

Crystal turned me on to Sav’s so, it’s only fitting that we often eat there together. Today, as we dined with our friend, Kathryn Lybarger, I caught her doing this. It was a double-the-fun kinda day for me!!!

I saw the light