january 12, 2017

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“Make the most of this week. Be thankful. Be helpful. Be hopeful.” ~ Unknown

 

rainy day drive

 

If this rain had been snow we’d have a week of snow days. Instead, it was just rain, lots and lots of rain. It was raining cats and dogs, and I’m pretty sure I saw a few pigs and cows fall, too. On Monday we were hardly out of single digits, and today we were in the 60’s. By morning we’ll be down in the 30’s. I love Kentucky. Really, I do. I love cold, hard rains like this from time to time. We need the water, and there’s something so soothing about a winter rain to me. I own the strangeness of that comfort, but it’s true. In other words, I had a great day.

august 28, 2016

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“Don’t underestimate the healing power of these three things: music, the ocean, and the stars.”
~ Tiny Buddha

 

rain
rain

 

I took this shot several weeks ago when Judy Sackett and I went downtown to pickup the visitor information for our IFLA guests. We’d just gotten in her SUV when the skies opened up. IT made for a pretty view over the old rooftops. Today, it rained all around me, storm clouds and wind aplenty, but more leaves and limbs fell in my yard than rain. I love a good rain.

december 2, 2015

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“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful; it’s gratefulness that makes us happy.”
~ David Steindl-Rast

 

main street
main street

 

Mom couldn’t stand being inside anymore, so out we went into the drizzle for a ride if nothing else. We knew how to get to Highlands, so back we went to see what we could see. We found some lovely shops. As mom pointed out, Highlands looks like one of those Christmas towns on the Lifetime Channel. It really does.

 

First Presbyterian Highlands
First Presbyterian Highlands

 

Even though it was raining, it wasn’t raining as hard as it was when we left Sunday service the day before, and from Main Street, I could photograph First Presbyterian Church. I could also get a better look at the adorable Episcopal church across the street from First Pres. If ya’ll have a chance to visit Highlands, do. I have a feeling it’s a special place no matter the season, no matter the weather.

 

across the street
across the street

november 30, 2015

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“Your attitude really does have an effect on how things work out. When you can’t change your life any other way, you can still change your attitude. When you do, your life changes.” ~ Bernie Siegel

 

dreary
dreary

 

Some of the trees high in the Pisgah Forest of North Carolina are weighed down in lichen and moss. It’s a moss that looks like the short, green cousin of Spanish Moss in the Southern states of the U.S. It’s easy to see in the fall when the leaves are off and the rain heavy clouds drape the mountain tops in mist. I tried to take a walk this morning to get a closer look, but those rain heavy clouds unloaded on me, and my excursion was short lived. I’ll say this though, if I ever have the chance to have a home in the mountains, I may never be heard from again. Beauty and peace beyond words in these high places.

 

water only flows this way once
water only flows this way once

july 7, 2015

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“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I have found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay…small acts of kindness and love.” ~ Gandolf

 

rain at the ranch
rain at the ranch

 

We awoke to rain at the 2 Pony Ranch. Bucket loads. As of this writing there’s been three inches with more on the way. Despite the gully washer, I’ve gotten some of my favorite photos of the ranch to date.

 

running water
running water

 

This is the little stream that crosses the 2 Pony Ranch driveway. It’s dry most of the year, so it’s a real treat when there’s running water as there was today. The etherial quality leading up the hill in the photo is very indicative of reality because there really is a tunnel of sorts leading to a grand opening of the 2 Pony vista.

 

the Chief's mama
the Chief’s mama

Yesterday I met the Chief. Today, I met his mother. She regaled us with stories about teaching at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. She spoke lovingly of Eastern Kentucky, and our people. She was especially appreciative of the students. It was good to meet Isabelle Baker.

 

to Tahlequah
to Tahlequah

 

The road from the 2 Pony Ranch is lined for quite a way with wild tiger lilies. It’s just an exquisite site in summer months. I will always love this place and these people. It is my second home. I knew it the moment I stepped foot into Cherokee County all those decades ago. It’s a privilege to be able to come back. My only regret is that i can’t do it more often.

june 18, 2015

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“The Axial Age, from about 800 to 200 years B.C. where you had Socrates, Plato and the birth of three religions: Judaism, Confucianism and Hinduism…there is one sentence they all have exactly in common and that is ‘treat others as you want to be treated.'”
~ Bob Sadler

 

sweet nectar from heaven (snapseed)
sweet nectar from heaven (snapseed)

 

In April we thought we’d drown. Area lakes were at record capacity. Fields grew untenable with stagnating water. Then May came, and with it came the dry spell. It sure is nice to get the summer rains like the one we had today. I barely made my escape from Six Flags Over Euclid, aka Kroger, before the clouds burst open with water. I didn’t care, though. If I’d been in the middle of the parking lot with my arms full of groceries I would have still been happy. It’s summer. It’s hot and humid. It’s supposed to rain. What’s not to be happy about? The lightning bugs appear quite pleased as well.

 

rooftop parking (snapseed)
rooftop parking (snapseed)

april 3, 2015

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“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

 

building an ark (instagram)
building an ark (instagram)

 

It stormed all night. It has stormed most of the day, too. It has rained so hard the houses across the street were barely visible at times. I was watching a Myth Hunters episode on Noah’s Ark during a downpour. It is long believed to have settled on Mt. Ararat (TV screen). Oh, the irony. Meanwhile, back in Kentucky, city streets are closed due to high water. Poor Louisville, the parts of it that aren’t burning (see: GE Factory fire), are floating down the Ohio. The rest of state is washing off, too. It’s a very different day than it was in 2011; the day we celebrated Lance’s 56th birthday. It was to be his last. He would have been Sixty today. No doubt the birthday party Pam Thurman is throwing on Memorial Day for many friends reaching milestone birthdays this year, myself included, will include him. His body is gone, but out there among the stardust I’m certain he’s celebrating. We should celebrate every day, not just the milestones. Lance did. I try to. I even love the Noahesque rain days.

 

birthday boy 2011
birthday boy 2011

november 6, 2014

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“There are only two days in the year when nothing can be done.
One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow,
so today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly live.”
~ Dalai Lama

 

gone Krogering
gone Krogering

 

It was a completely rotten evening for Kroger; cold winds and rain, an ailing Stacy Yelton needed things to make her feel better, like bananas. Still, it was beautiful to me. There’s something very comforting about trails of rain in the street light glow. On the other hand, Stacy didn’t much like it pelting her in the face while I followed with a camera. It felt good to me. I admit that I might be odd.

november 15, 2013

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For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love“. ~ Carl Sagan

friday night lights (instagram)
friday night lights (instagram)

Rain: a soothing end to a very busy week. The jury’s out on whether rain or human intervention caused the sand sculpture by the UK Art Museum to become…compromised. It was interesting to see how they formed the sand from which to sculpt. They packed the sand into molds like a wedding cake. I had a sculptor prof in college that warned against sculpting anything that could be used as a candy bowl. That’s exactly what this reminded me of. Still, it’s good and held up reasonably well in the weather. I hope they do more sand sculptures.

why the long face? (instagram)
why the long face? (instagram)

november 6, 2013

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It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.” ~ Ram Dass

haaaaaaa (snapseed)
haaaaaaa (snapseed)

Everyday, as I leave Special Collections, I pass Ruth Bryan’s office. Everyday there she sits surrounded by maps and blueprints and journals and ephemera of all kind. Occasionally, I’ll pop in. We always have interesting conversations. She’s bi-lingual, quite knowledgable about people, places, and things outside America, loves animals, and she’s smart. Plus, I get to see a funny side of her that I don’t think a lot of people around us get to see. Take this face she’s making, for instance. It’s a play on something utterly stupid I said which she made fun of because it was too stupid not to make fun of. I love having friends with whom I can share an inside joke. I’m glad to count Ruth among them.

In other news, my what a difference 24 hours can make, eh?

rainy commute
rainy commute
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