february 29, 2016

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“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
~ Leo Buscaglia

 

 

One good thing about winter is it’s too cold to leave the front door open, meaning I get some peace during dinner. But it was beautiful today and I just couldn’t deny Wally the chance to watch the neighborhood. Poor Wally is taunted by the squirrels. They will sit and stare at hime. Sometimes they’ll even come and sit at the windows, staring at him, actually look for him inside the house. He so desperately wants to catch them. I fear someday he’s going to go through the glass door. Still, he’s so stinkin’ cute I can’t get too panicked about it, even though he makes me jump out of my skin sometimes.

february 27, 2015

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“The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have.” ~ Leonard Nimoy

 

Rockey the squirrel
Rocky the squirrel

 

The squirrels on campus don’t scare easily, less so when they’re cold. This little guy seemed downright mesmerized. Mr. Spock would be proud of Rocky’s little pointy ears. On the other hand, I dare say the Vulcan would poo poo Rocky’s squirrely ADD. Leonard Nimoy beamed up today, to boldly go where the living can’t go. His character, Spock, is as ingrained into our culture – particularly my generation – as baseball and hot dogs. Heck, the squirrel probably knows who Spock is. What’s more, Nimoy was an excellent photographer, and I had great respect for his work. He lived long and he prospered, and we were the beneficiaries. Now, the era ends. It was a great run, Spock. Thanks for being so human.

october 12, 2014

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“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”
~ Victor Hugo

 

laughing
laughing

 

I’ve been to a lot of weddings over the years and the ones I enjoy most are those that are extremely personal. Greg and Vanessa’s ceremony was just such an event. From the welcome sign to the table settings, they poured themselves into every tiny detail. The dishes were bought at Habitat ReStore. Annie Bassoni made their guestbook. Some of their flowers were bought fresh at the farmers market; the table arrangements centered around cabbages and brussels sprouts. The burlap napkins, no doubt made from recycled fabrics, were adorned with tiny woodland creatures. Even the silverware was made of wood; biodegradable and healthy for human and environment alike. Vanessa made some of the food – absolutely delicious, of course. She made jams, jellies, and mustard for guests to take home in small, perfect jars. I had the blueberry basil for breakfast. Exquisite. Everything about this exchange of love was deliberate. Ideal. As it should be.

 

Eddie Izzard's squirrel
Eddie Izzard’s squirrel

 

take one
take one

june 18, 2013

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It’s always impossible until it happens.” ~ Nelson Mandela

lunch partner (instagram)
lunch partner (instagram)

Stacy and I enjoyed a dry sky during lunch in the President’s garden. We were eating and talking when this little guy made his way toward us, more than once. He was fascinated, and wanted desperately to come closer. He got within five feet maybe, but always turned back. He made our lunch very fine.

march 27, 2013

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Never miss a sunrise or a rainbow because your gaze is down.” ~ Aine Belton

rocky staring
rocky staring

Around the knot hanged four grey squirrels. They blended so perfectly with the bark that I was nearly past the tree before I felt their stares following me like the eyes of a portrait painting. Naturally, I spoke to them. It would, after all, be rude not to. After a few “Hello, little squirrels” while slowly reaching for my camera, two bolted up the tree ruining an otherwise brilliant arrangement. The two remaining seemed to talk about the situation as I, no doubt sounding a fool to passersby, continued to talk; “Are you sunning yourselves? It’s a beautiful day, isn’t it?” As if they would reply. The older of the pair finally had enough of my nonsense, and ascended the trunk leaving the juvenile alone, upside down, and staring. I was transfixed. He was beautiful and wanted desperately to trust. In the end, he decided against it, and up he went. What I would have missed if my gaze were down.

junior
junior

october 22, 2012

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The way you treat yourself sets the standards for others.” ~ Sonya Friedman

rocky to bullwinkle

There are a couple of young squirrels in the large tree outside the office. This little guy stopped long enough to check me out. It didn’t last long. I guess I’m not that interesting after all!

january 29, 2012

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Buddha, I want to have your peace…your wisdom, your serenity, your divine nature AND your acorn hat! Love, Squirrel.

self portrait (Snapseed and Color Splash)

I’ve been quite busy this weekend. Among other things to be done was errands. That’s when I realized I hadn’t captured today’s photo. First came the self-portrait – I’m sure customers in Kroger’s parking lot thought I was nuts – and, as is often the case in Lexington, I sat at a red light long enough to take the other. It’s Lexington’s first double crossover diamond intersection. An ingenious idea, though I might be the only person who thinks so…well, me and the engineer who dreamed it up.

My kingdom for three day weekends every week!

postcards from the intersection (Snapseed)