february 15, 2018

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“May your life be like a wildflower growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day.” ~ Native American Proverb

 

inspirations

 

Hands down, Reinette Jones brings the best people and projects into Special Collections. Meet Debra Faulk aka DD Rainbow, Comedy Empress. Reinette invited us to attend Debra’s rehearsal for her upcoming TEDx talk. Whenever it makes it online, you have to watch it. You will laugh and cry at the same time, and I say that just from the rehearsal. The final talk will be even better. There was a small group that lent our ears, hearts, and opinions to Debra, and I’m confident in saying that we all walked away feeling like we’d just been blessed by an extraordinary soul. Debra’s talk is called Praying For A Good Man. I don’t want to give away too much, so I’ll just say this: it’s not about what you think it’s about, and her story is so powerful that you will be captivated for the entire talk. It doesn’t hurt that she’s utterly hilarious in a way that connects her with an audience like few speakers can do. She’s done stand-up comedy for years, so her sense of timing and story telling propels this talk into the stratosphere. That in itself is interesting because the topic is not funny, and yet, you will laugh because it really is funny. Have I piqued your interest yet? Debra Faulk is smart. She’s gifted. She’s compassionate. She’s hilarious. She’s a beautiful person and I’m so thankful to have met her. 

 

phone timer

august 21, 2017

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“Simply knowing that God loves all people is not enough – it is the first step in allowing deeds of compassion, mercy and justice to flow from our hands.” ~ Rev. Katherine Redmond

 

blinded by the light

 

I stepped outside the office to view the eclipse and ran into lots of people I know like Catherine Brereton (above) and Deirdre Scaggs and Reinette Jones (below). The first time I saw the sun through the eclipse glasses (thanks to Stacy Yelton) it was totally amazing. I mean totally amazing. With the naked eye, and with my phone’s camera (carefully shielded by the eclipse glasses), there’s still a lot of light even at 95% totality. So, the glasses were a crucial part of the experience. It didn’t get nearly as dark as I expected, and the temp also didn’t fall as much as I thought it would. But none of that matters because watching the moon blot out the sun was seriously incredible. I feel like this was my warm up for the next eclipse due in 2024 north of here. I am so taking the day off (or I’ll be retired by then), getting an eclipse filter for the camera, and taking a road trip to the path of totality. What a glorious experience to watch the heavens work.

 

she sang total eclipse of the heart

 

ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone (snapseed)

 

dancin’ in the dark

 

dark side of the moon

 

november 1, 2015

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“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

 

collage of happy
collage of happy

 

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 up afterward. Sixty people attended Friday’s reception. Sixty people took time out of their lives to come see my work. Some I’d never met before Friday. Some sneaked in and out without my seeing them though they were kind enough to leave their signature. Some drove nearly two hours to be there. Some took off work. Some were recovering from major surgery. Some couldn’t stay long, and others stayed the whole time. Someone pointed out how many segments of my life were assembled in that room: family, close friends, old friends, new friends, co-workers, writers, actors, artists, musicians, librarians, bankers, software developers, railroad men, professors, social workers, therapists, pathologists, nutritionists, the list goes on. They’re not all represented in this collage, but I couldn’t think of a better way to have a group hug in the outhouse. Sixty people. I may be speechless for a week I’m so overcome with gratitude.

february 25, 2015

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“What happens when people open their hearts? They get better.”
~ Haruki Murakami

 

Reinette
Reinette

At yesterday’s sesquicentennial soiree, the lunch ladies and I grabbed full plates and headed to the break room for some peace and quiet. Reinette Jones joined us. She was looking a little like a deer in the headlights. Apparently, she’d become a favorite of the school’s newspaper photographer. He’d followed her as she perused the exhibit for the soiree, snapping pictures all the way. She didn’t understand why he was so enthusiastic to photograph her. When I explained that it’s because she’s pretty, I could have sworn I saw her blush. And when she blew me off, the lunch ladies backed me 100%. Sure enough, she made it into today’s edition. She claims I’m the only person able to take a good picture of her. I think she doesn’t want to face the fact that she’s pretty, and photogenic, and gosh darn it, people like her.

september 25, 2014

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“When you come upon a path that brings benefit and happiness to all,
follow this course as the moon journeys through the stars.”
~ Buddha

 

faces
faces

 

I had the most interesting conversation/brainstorming session with co-workers Jaime Burton, Reinette Jones, and Stacie Williams. Between plentiful ideas for a grant proposal and an extensive examination of Hip Hop, I came away feeling a lot smarter than when I went in. Plus, the laughter was infectious. We have such potential in these women. All three are extraordinarily unique, but combined? They’re an intellectual force to be reckoned with. I was happy to be included, and happier still to share their laughter.

 

three's company
three’s company

 

the funnies
the funnies

 

august 12, 2014

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“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
~ Robin Williams

 

stop
stop

 

I woke up still in shock over Robin Williams’ death. And just like last night, today’s news feeds were nothing but R.I.P.’s. Why has this man’s death so affected the world? The first 10 minutes of the evening news was devoted to him, record floods and wars be damned. Why? I’ve thought about this all day. I’ve read many articles on his passing. I even watched Access Hollywood (God help me) to hear what they had to say. Why? I’m not entirely sure. Maybe it’s because he was at once so gifted, so compassionate, so tender hearted, and so hurt. In the end, the hurt outweighed everything else. It’s hard to wrap your mind around that. I’ve known people who’ve committed suicide. I know people who battle against suicide every day. Medication can help. Therapy can help. Good friends, a good job, a good boss can all help. Yet, all that help isn’t enough sometimes. It’s hard to wrap your mind around that, too. But Robin made us collectively happy. Few have the skills to do that for billions of people. I grew up with him. There was nobody else like him. Ever. It’s hard to say goodbye to someone who has given you hilarious happiness for decades. It’s harder still to do it this way because it leaves us with a kind of guilt. He helped us, why couldn’t we help him? If you suffer from depression and you feel yourself going to that dark place, please reach out to someone. And if you feel like you’ve got no one, call the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 1-800-273-TALK or go to http://www.afsp.org/ to learn more.

august 7, 2014

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“Fear is going to be a player in life, but you get to decide how much…so many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. ” ~ Jim Carrey

 

a girl and her pickles
a girl and her pickles

 

The word today is ‘green’. Reinette Jones was wearing green. Mom asked that I deliver to Reinette a jar of her homemade bread and butter pickles. I did, and lo, the pickles and the shirt were strikingly similar. Thankfully, I didn’t photograph her in front of a green screen. Just think of the photoshop fun I could have had with that. Anyway, Reinette wanted to know how much moonshine was in the pickles (I think the Mason jar reminded her of a moonshine jar). She is a pure nut, and I mean that in the best possible way. I think that’s why she and mom hit it off so well. They’re both hysterically funny women; never a dull moment.

may 4, 2014

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“Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.” ~ Brian Tracy

 

 

cultural ambassador
cultural ambassador

 

The mUsiKcare piano students were invited to the home of fellow student, Hong Shao. Not only did she and her husband warmly welcome us into their home, but she treated us to a totally fascinating mini-concert. She’s an accomplished player of the Pipa, the lute-like instrument seen here, and the zither which sounds like a harp. She told us how she came to learn the traditional Chinese instruments, and how she’s helping young people in Kentucky learn to play them, too. Our day’s blessings didn’t end there. One of our classmates suffers stage 4 ovarian cancer. No matter how bad she feels, she comes to every single class. And despite a less than adequate keyboard at home, she practices. That’s dedication. We all chipped in to help Dr. McVay and others buy her a brand new piano, then told her about it today, ahead of tomorrow’s delivery. It was a remarkable day of real communion and kindness in action.

 

players
music really does care (photo by Hong’s husband whose name I don’t know)

february 19, 2014

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Life is too short for fake butter, cheese, or people.” ~ Unknown

sugar cubes
sugar cubes

There’s nothing fake about these gals. Stacy Yelton and I joined Annie Bassoni, Kathy Schifflett, and Reinette Jones at the new Ramsey’s location. Aren’t you curious what they’re talking about? Being there was no guarantee you would have heard them. Delicious food as usual, but the noise is even worse than the old location. No matter: any time with this bunch is time well spent, even if all I understand are their smiles. That’s good enough for me.

february 15, 2014

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Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body,
but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, ‘
Holy sh#t, what a ride!
~ Hunter S. Thompson

reflections
reflections

A few days ago I had the privilege of photographing one of our library events. Many of my co-workers attended including Reinette Jones and Megan Mummey. I was primarily focused on the five guest speakers and some of the audience members, but I was instantly taken by this image. The beautiful reflection aside, I was struck by how these women are so different from each other in many respects, and at the same time, incredibly similar. I think that’s true of most of us if we stop long enough to consider the possibilities. No matter how different or similar they are, the honor of knowing and working alongside Reinette and Megan is all mine. They make it a pleasure to go to work every day. What a ride!

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