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.

may 9, 2015

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“Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.” ~ Unknown

 

Riley@3
Riley@3

 

Riley Morrow turned three on Cinco de Mayo. Today, he had his birthday party with all his friends and family. Happy birthday, young man. Aunt Pannie loves you.

 

Mickey face
Mickey face

 

from the slide
from the slide

 

and down again
and down again

april 8, 2015

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“Nothing in life, including our circumstances or potential, is fixed.
Reality is bendable to our will.”
~ Brendon Burchard

 

the many faces (instagram)
the many faces (instagram)

 

Yesterday, I said it was a day filled with treats, and gave thanks for Marie Dale and Skyla for their sunshine. My second big treat of the day was running into Riley Morrow and his mama, Heidi, at Kroger. He was very busy looking for a fictional cartoon character, the name I no longer remember. He stopped searching to play with me and my phone camera. Riley doesn’t know how to stop smiling, really. He’s just so darn happy, and it’s infectious. How could you not be happy with this sweet face beaming at you from a shopping cart? I’m so grateful to know him.

april 2, 2015

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“Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing.” ~ Leo Babauta

 

morning window
morning window

 

Every time one orders something from Photojojo, one’s package arrives with a small dinosaur. One got her first dino from Crystal Heis who gave one something, a Holga lens perhaps, as a gift. She was sweet enough to include the dino as part of the gift. One has gotten the other two on her own because one loves Photojojo. One loves an ingenious merchant. However, the dinos need names. One is open to suggestions.

january 2, 2015

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“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
~ Maya Angelou

 

The Family Morrow
The Family Morrow

 

Lunch with The Morrow’s was a highlight today. As we were preparing to leave, Riley, from his mama’s arms, reached for me (he’s never done that) and hugged and hugged and hugged. And when he let go, he tenderly kissed me on the lips (he’s definitely never done that). I love that little boy to the moon and back. I love his mom and dad, too. What a wonderful start to the year.

august 2, 2014

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“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

 

childs play
childs play

 

It was a beautiful day with beautiful people. Eric and Heidi Morrow came over with their son, Riley. So did Stacy Yelton, Sandy Davis and her two basset hounds, as well as Annie Bassoni and her mentee, Kameryn Williams. We cooked out. We laughed and talked. We listened to a lot of thunder. And we marveled at the children (and their energy…as we sat still as boulders).

 

growing
growing

may 5, 2014

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“Place your hand over your heart. Feel that? That’s called purpose.
You’re alive for a reason. Don’t give up.” ~ Unknown

 

cake face Riley
cake face Riley

 

This sweet little boy is two years old today. They had his birthday party yesterday of course, but because I was with my piano peeps, I missed the cake and presents portion of the party. No matter, his little cake face was all I needed to see. I was bent down on one knee looking at my camera when I felt a little hand gently touch my arm. I looked up and it was Riley, with his whole hand pressed lightly on my arm, staring intently. When I smiled, he smiled back, then he hugged me for the first time ever. My heart melted. Maybe that’s the first time he really saw me without the camera in my face. I don’t know why he did it, but it was a moment I won’t forget. Happy Birthday, little man. You’re the prettiest cake face I’ve ever seen.

 

bubble mower man
bubble mower man

may 3, 2014

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“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” ~ Nelson Mandela

 

high-five
high-five

 

It was one of the most beautiful Derby days Kentucky has ever had. The temperature was perfect, the sky spectacular, and the people the very best. I had my third Derby party. Thanks to Stacy Yelton, Annie Bassoni, Sandy Davis, Deb Chenault, Crystal Heis, John Lumagui, Greg Davis, Vanessa Oliver, and Riley, Eric, and Heidi Morrow, it may have well been the best yet.

 

cornhole sundown
cornhole sundown

 

We played cornhole in a yard as green as it was bug-free (always a plus).

 

learning to spell
learning to spell

 

The sidewalk chalk was the best $2 I’ve ever spent. Riley reduced grown women to a gaggle of squawking grannies. We had a blast playing with him. I think he might have had fun, too.

Cinco de Binx
Cinco de Binx

 

Bianca, AKA Little Dog, was the hit of the party. Good thing she exited stage left before Riley arrived. I’m not sure we could have stood that much excitement. It was a perfect day capped off by my taking the pool with California Chrome’s win. Life is so very, very sweet to me, and how lucky am I to have such smart, sweet friends as these? Pretty darn lucky!

january 11, 2014

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Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing” it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.” ~ Fulton J. Sheen

talking
talking

Riley and his mom and dad made birthday brownies for me. Along with aunties Stacy Yelton  and Annie Bassoni, we enjoyed them over a few rousing hands of Cards Against Humanity. Riley has begun to talk. He’s very smart, and his diction, such as it is at this point, is remarkably good. There’s just nothing sweeter than watching that little boy grow up, except maybe watching him try to blow out my birthday candle. He’s awfully cute, and we’re awfully lucky to have him in our lives.

birthday, singular
birthday, singular

october 31, 2013

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Everything passes, nothing remains. Understand this, loosen your grip and find serenity.
~ Lama Surya Das

winner (camera+)
winner (camera+)

It was a day filled with fun and frivolity. Creative costumes at every turn. Usually it’s hard to say who has the best costume, but this year my vote goes to Jason Flahardy. Hands down he did ‘grumpy cat’ better than any expensive costume and hi-tech make-up job ever could.

morning
morning

This morning the employee committee (they have a better name, but I don’t remember it) visited every branch library to deliver treats. No trick.

afternoon
afternoon

Allergy nurse Bobbi Jo Russell, right, and (I don’t remember her name), not only dressed up in witchy attire, but the shot room was set in mood lighting!

evening
evening

Riley’s second Halloween, this year he was a little doggie, was celebrated with a bumble bee at Winchell’s. I love Halloween!

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