january 10, 2019

“The grass is greener where you water it.” ~ Neil Barringham     I really must be living right because every year I am showered with kindness from friends near and far as my birthday comes and goes. Plus, many of my friends also share Capricorn status with me, so we celebrate their trip around the sun as well. It all makes my heart swell with happiness. 

october 12, 2018

“Never say mean words out of anger. Your anger will pass. But your mean words can scar a person for life. So use kind words or be silent.” ~ Unknown     On a steep bank overlooking the Ohio River sits an old three story house. It belonged to the Bierbower family, German immigrants in Pennsylvania who settled on the Western frontier of Maysville, Kentucky in the 1830’s. They became

october 10, 2018

“Be polite. Be blind to the shortsightedness of others. Walking away is not necessarily weakness; sometimes it’s real strength. Very few confrontations are worthy of a line in the sand. Don’t seek to rule others and don’t live as if you’re being ruled. Live a life that’s honest to yourself. Love isn’t what you feel. It’s what you do.” ~ Steven Roth     The Rental Sisters and I were

october 9, 2018

“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.” ~ Rumi     In operation since 1798, The Augusta Ferry is one of the oldest continuously operating ferries in the U.S. It’s open seven days a week, runs 8a to 8p, and will cost you $5 one way, unless you’re on foot, in which case you can ride for free. I’m kicking myself for not

october 5, 2018

“Life is about how you handle Plan B.” ~ Unknown     I awoke last Sunday to find a thick blanket of fog had settled over the Ohio River valley at Augusta. Naturally, out the door I went, heading straight for the water. My timing was perfect. The fog was thick and the water surprisingly still. It had been steadily rising since we’d arrived Friday afternoon, and yet, this morning,

october 4, 2018

“Be who you want to be. Be who God has created you to be.” ~ Tayvis “Tayvho” Akpan     In all the birthdayness and busy of this week I’ve not had time to even look at what I shot in Augusta last weekend. That is, until this evening. There are some okay shots, but the photo above of Pam Bick photographing the sunset stood out to me. The river

september 29, 2018

“What flatterers say, try to make true.” ~ German proverb     After a day of adventuring, we found our way to Maysville. There, we came across a great restaurant situated beside the railroad tracks and the river. The restaurant sits beside the Amtrak station that isn’t actually open anymore which is pretty sad. The tracks, the station, and the restaurant are on the outside of the flood wall like

may 20, 2018

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” ~ Dale Carnegie     A quick look out the window of last night’s hotel provided a beautiful view of downtown Cincinnati. It may be the most beautiful city at night with the mighty Ohio in the foreground. Maybe one day

february 27, 2018

“No human heart is denied empathy. No religion can demolish that by indoctrination. No culture, no nation and nationalism – nothing can touch it because it is empathy.” ~ Dayananda Saraswati     Back in September, when Judy and I accepted our major award (ha ha) at the Galt House in Louisville, we took a stroll to admire the Ohio River. Today, the park seen here between the Galt House

september 25, 2017

“Take time to remember those who have contributed greatly toward your well-being.” ~ Natchez Nation     Water is one of the most calming forces on the planet for me. May it be so for you, too.