may 9, 2019

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“Keep what is worth keeping, and with breaths of kindness, blow the rest away.” ~ Unknown

 

power librarians

 

This afternoon I was at Keeneland Library for a meeting and who should I see as soon as I walk in but my favorite cousin Dan Prater. After warm hugs and giggles, Dan led me into the meeting, which included mentor and friend Becky Ryder, Director of Keeneland Library. After the meeting, Becky and I stayed behind and talked a bit about how long we’ve known each other. We also agreed that we never want to eat pizza under florescent lights again (an inside joke…so to speak). These two delightful souls are such lights in the world. Getting to be in their presences – if only for a moment – is like winning the life lottery. Keepers for sure.

june 7, 2016

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“What we think, we create. What we feel, we attract. What we imagine, we become.” ~ Unknown

 

drive-in camera(s)
drive-in camera(s)

 

The Paris drive-in uses Canon cameras. As a Canon owner I can appreciate that. They were safely ensconced behind glass inside the awesome retro-esque concession stand. My companions and I made the most of our short visit to the drive-in with a few selfie reflections. I love my people. I really do.

 

centered
centered

june 5, 2016

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“Listen to the wind. It talks. Listen to the silence. It speaks.
Listen to your heart. It knows.” ~ Unknown

 

granny and her babies
granny and her babies

 

This afternoon Marie and Robert Dale threw a high school graduation party for their oldest grandchild, Alexis (left). This young woman has endured a lot in her young life, and yet she has graduated with a scholarship to Campbellsville University. She’ll start in the fall. She’s pictured here with Marie, her brother Isaiah, and her first cousin/sister Skyla.

 

there's one in every crowd
there’s one in every crowd

 

Isaiah smashed cake on Alexis’ face, and someone repaid the favor. The last time I saw Isaiah he was a short, chubby little guy. Now his voice has dropped, he’s grown at least six inches, and he’s on the high school wrestling team. Marie and Robert gained custody of all three kids several years ago. The five of them act as a singular family unit so that you’d never know they weren’t parent and child. And they’re happy – all of them! Becky Ryder, Crystal Heis, and I carpooled to Paris for the party. They were a joy to be with of course. Seeing Marie with her family was a joy, but most of all, I was so proud of Alexis. She’s a beautiful, kind young woman who is going to do great things. Doggone it, I love a happy ending, and today was one. I was honored to be part of it.

 

Aunties
Aunties

january 10, 2014

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Empty pockets never held anyone back.
Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that
.”
~ Norman Vincent Peale

Singapore lunch
Singapore lunch

Becky said, “Happy Birthday,” as she handed me a stunningly beautiful embroidered bag from Singapore. That would have been gift enough, but inside were awesome bracelets handmade from recycled newspapers. Again, I nearly squealed like a little girl I loved them so much. Becky Ryder taught me a lot about newspapers nearly 13 years ago now. More importantly, she taught me what it is to be an honest, forthright manager of people and archives. Her enthusiasm was infectious, her ideas big, her leadership inspiring. She motivated me to do my best, and challenged me to grow.  Although I really, really, really miss working with her, I’m ever so thankful for our friendship. That was the best thing she gave me.

good recycling
good recycling