january 24, 2019

“One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” ~ Jack Penn     I made my way to Young Library on Tuesday and saw for the first time the beautiful sculpture of Alice Allison Dunnigan. Created by Amanda Matthews from here in Lexington, the statue was first displayed in the Newseum in Washington, D.C. before coming to UK. It will eventually land in

november 2, 2018

“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” ~ Lucille Ball     This beautiful sculpture graces an entrance of Northeastern State University in downtown Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Monument to Forgiveness was created by Dutch artist Frances H. Jansen “to honor Tahlequah as the End of the Trail of

january 27, 2018

“The time will never feel right. We will never feel ready and the conditions will never be perfect. Life is short. Take a chance. Even the smallest step in the direction of your dreams can help you come alive.” ~ TinyBuddha     Garry Bibb was my sculpture instructor in college. He was known as a tough and gruff kind of guy. He was also a brilliant artist. I didn’t

august 4, 2017

“The politics of Jesus in 5 words: Love your neighbor as yourself. In 3 words: Love your neighbor. In 1 word: Love.” ~ Nathan Hamm     One advantage to spending time at UK Chandler Hospital is the art. Last night, when mom was moved back to her room from Good Sam (where the surgery took place), I was walking from the parking garage when I noticed this sculpture for

may 5, 2017

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw     As I mentioned earlier this week, I crossed paths with a few new murals. First, let’s look at this surprise art I found by Two Keys Tavern. I love to see folks sculpt their dead tree stumps instead of grinding them to nothing. They can be great art pieces, or at the very least wonderful

december 20, 2016

“Health does not always come from medicine. Most of the time it comes from peace of mind, peace in the heart, peace of soul. It comes from laughter and love.” ~ Unknown     I had never been inside Commonwealth Stadium before today. The Libraries held our annual holiday lunch at the Woodford Reserve Room at the stadium. Hands down it was the best location for our gathering, and you couldn’t

february 26, 2016

“Let your hands be so busy catching blessings that you don’t have the capacity to hold on to grudges.” ~ Unknown     Just outside the smallest chapel of Central Christian church is a slender prayer garden where this hand carved marble replica of Thorvaldsen’s Jesus is displayed. After many years of standing unmolested, vandals chose to whack off his hands. Soon after, for obvious reasons, the church made the area inaccessible except during special

august 18, 2015

“I’m already setting a goal for myself in 2016….to be less of a worrier and more of a warrior.” ~ Brett Williams     So, I did this post once already, but my theme update went horribly wrong and ate the original post. Here I am, just before work, trying to recreate it. So, in short I said Morgan County has one Medal of Honor recipient, Col. William E. Barber.

february 27, 2014

“May forgiveness be as simple as a ripple in a pond in your life, and may it be as cleansing.” ~ Cam Richmond This piece of unusual sculpture stands between the Fine Arts building and the President’s house. I leave it to you to decide whether or not it’s likable. Meanwhile, we enjoyed a beautiful blue sky.

august 21, 2013

“When you seek beauty in all people and all things, you will not only find it, you will become it.” ~ Unknown I was early to work and in desperate need of coffee. I took along my camera for the walk to Starbucks, outfitted with the long lens in case the drum line was in their morning practice. Apparently, I was too early even for them. Nevertheless, Bowman the wildcat