september 15, 2019

“Soul work is not a high road. It’s a deep fall into an unforgiving darkness that won’t let you go until you find the song that sings you home.” ~ McCall Erickson Minnie Adkins is salt of the Earth and just as sweet as can be. She was at Pickin’ in the Park last weekend. Pam and I had a lovely visit with her, and she insisted we three have

september 14, 2019

“Don’t wait to reach your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take.” ~ Karen Salmansohn It’s so much fun to watch people meet in person for the first after they’ve discovered they’re kindred spirits via social media. That whole idea is still just so foreign feeling to me, and yet I have connected with some of the finest people because of it. Laverne Fallen

september 7, 2019

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” ~  Dale Carnegie Today was the annual Pickin’ In The Park at Delancy Park in Cannel City. I got the folks in the car and we went visiting for a few hours. Sat right down beside their old friends Nell and Von McCarty

february 18, 2019

“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.” ~ Maya Angelou     I was talking to Gurney when Pam Meade popped up behind him. Hugs and selfies ensued. I’ve known Pam for so long that I don’t remember the first time I saw her. I’m sure

june 12, 2017

“When they say it’s impossible, remember that it is impossible for them, not for you.” ~ Unknown     Meet Jim Bob Meade (center). Jim Bob is one of the coolest cats you’ll ever meet. Pam sure thought so. She married him. They became known as Jim Bob and Pam Bob. They’re pictured here with another cool cat, uncle of Saturday’s bride, BFF Tracy “Tracy Bob” Hawkins. I’d seen Pam

march 16, 2017

“I still believe that peace and plenty and happiness can be worked out some way. I am a fool.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut     A while back my friend Pam Oldfield Meade and fellow artist Lacy Hale completed a large mural in Jenkins just as you come into town off Hwy 23. We drove by it yesterday on our Pikeville/Whitesburg field trip. Naturally, I pulled over. Pam has worked for decades to

november 7, 2015

“Be an example. Show kindness to unkind people. Forgive people who don’t deserve it. Love unconditionally. Your actions always reflect who you are.” ~ Unknown     One of the things I’m proudest of in this life is being from Morgan County Kentucky. One of the reasons that makes me so proud is because of these sweet people right here: David and Rebecca Campbell, Jenny Bell, Jodi Stacy, Lori Campbell,

november 1, 2015

“The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.” ~ James Allen     I had a guest register available at the reception. I didn’t realize I’d forgotten it until I went to bed Friday night. I attended All Saints Day service this morning and picked it

september 13, 2015

“When you least expect it something great will come along. Something better than you ever planned for. Be patient. Be smart. Stay focused.” ~ Unknown     The bank is gone but the vault remains. This is the backside of the vault that sits in DeLancey Park. It’s a glimpse of the advanced city Cannel City used to be. Every person that comes to Pickin’ in the Park helps promote

september 8, 2013

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.” ~ Helen Keller This time of year my sedum begins to turn deep pink. Bees adorn the blush plateau like gemstones gobbling up the last of season’s nectar. Some people are like sedum. Like bees to sedum, we’re drawn to them because they’re kind, intelligent, creative, and fun. They are god’s nectar. Pam Oldfield Meade is