march 2, 2019

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“We tend to think of age only in time, but I don’t think it has much to do with time at all; there’s a whole load of other things. I’ve met 16-year-olds who are old and 90-year-olds who are young.” ~ Roger Daltrey

 

strange herd

 

Stacy and I were near the Man-O-War/Blazer Parkway area when we simultaneously saw this sight, saying a subtle “wow” in unison, vowing to return when our business was complete. And so we did. At least one of the horses looks as if it was part of the Horses Mania project years ago (the first was in 2000, the sequel in 2010), but it’s possible both horses came from that project. I have no idea what the buffalo is about. I noticed that the buffalo and one of the horses both have yellow eyes. I don’t know what that’s about either. If anybody in the Lexington area knows more about this unusual statuary triptych, tell me. It’s bound to be a good story.

 

really strange

may 1, 2018

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“As adults we try to relax from the never-ending quest for reason and order by drinking a little whiskey or smoking whatever works for us, but the wisdom isn’t in the whiskey or the smoke. The wisdom is in the moments when the madness slips away and we remember the basics.” ~ Willie Nelson

 

St. Francis on the sidewalk

 

Something near my neighbor’s curb caught my eye last night. Not wanting to appear too nosy, long lens in hand, I made my way across the street. It was Saint Francis perched atop their gas meter lid. I’ve lived beside them for eleven years and never once seen a statue of anything in their yard. Certainly not St. Francis or I would have remembered because, you know, St. Francis is the über-cool patron saint of animals. Alas, that was last night, and this morning, St. Francis was gone. I’m hoping he shows up for a return engagement. Or shows up in my yard! The squirrels could use some prayers, and it would give Wally something new to bark at.

january 14, 2018

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“Find hope where there is none because no one is going to give it to you.” ~ Tsem Rinpoche

 

backdoor sentry

 

It’s cold. It’s January. Last winter was mild, and we paid the price when bug hordes came out of hibernation. This winter’s multiple Arctic freezes will, hopefully, stifle that rampant population come spring. It’s not too late to wish for more snow, though. It’s beautiful and brings with it a stillness and peacefulness that no other time can offer. A heavy fog is the only occurrence I can think of that comes close. In any case, one of the things I love about this cold period during the year is all the cooking I do. I always learn a lot, holed up in the house binging on whatever is on TV at the time, and channeling the Grandmothers. Let’s eat!

 

poised

october 25, 2015

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“Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect.” ~ Unknown

 

outstanding in his field
outstanding in his field (hipstamatic)

 

Fall is settling in nicely. It’s still rather warm despite yesterday’s rainy, breezy leaf blowing event. Now, with color in the trees, there’s also color on the ground. It truly is a beautiful time of year which takes the edge off the fact that my fantasy football team is utterly, completely, 110% awful this season. I love playing though. I find the whole process interesting. Angie Bliss Fanning and Bruce McCain got me hooked many years ago. None of this has anything to do with the Buffalo Trace statue in the picture. Right now, in this moment, I’m thankful for all of it. Fall, color, fantasy football, Angie, Bruce, and awesome bronze statues. That’s a heap of goodness as far as I’m concerned.

august 18, 2015

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“I’m already setting a goal for myself in 2016….to be less of a worrier and more of a warrior.”
~ Brett Williams

 

We Will Hold
We Will Hold

 

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. This year, on the Fourth of July, the town commemorated his heroism by erecting this Bronze Statue on the courthouse lawn.

 

gathering storm
gathering storm

 

My dad and Lynn Nickell worked their butts off to raise funds to build this memorial designed and forged by sculptor and former Marine Steve Tyrone. With the help of the VFW, DAV, Standefer Builders and host of others, they got it done. You can see it sits just down from the WWI Doughboy memorial that the same three men – Nickell, Terry & Tyrone – worked so hard to reconstructed after the 2012 tornado destroyed it. Now, the state highway department has a radical idea to add a turn lane and widen West Liberty’s Main Street. This in a town where they don’t really need two of the three red lights they have. Word has it that the Doughboy will have to be relocated. Perhaps Col. Barber, too. The project seems a waste of money, time, and effort. The Doughboy especially has become a symbol of the little town’s resilience. So, I find it disheartening that it can be so easily dismissed by those who really have no stake in the city’s recovery. Can’t do much about it, though. So, I’ll just continue to be grateful for dad, and Lynn, and everyone who works so hard to help our little town get back on its feet and be the sweet, charming home it once was.

 

still holding
still holding

july 7, 2014

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“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart.
Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that.
The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen:
room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.”
~ Pema Chodron

 

Episcopal
Episcopal

 

I continue to mull over the photos I’ve taken of sacred spaces to date. Here are a few from last weekend for you to enjoy….or dislike. I’m not sure I even like them all, but everybody has to make coal to get to the diamond.

Methodist sunset
Methodist sunset

 

Cane Ridge from above
Cane Ridge from above

 

Lutheran sacred garden
Lutheran sacred garden

 

American religion
American religion

may 31, 2014

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“Until further notice, celebrate everything.” ~ Unknown

 

grotto of prayer
grotto of prayer

 

Me: I’m not so sure Jesus and Buddha weren’t the same person.

Normandi Ellis: They went to the same school.

 

Images from Camp Chesterfield where there was so much to take in, so much to learn, so much to photograph. Full disclosure; what I’ve called grotto of prayer is actually known as the Garden of Prayer. It was one of my favorite prayer locations in camp, though I did quite enjoy the occasional Buddha placed quietly here and there. There’s really so much to consider when thinking about ‘sacred spaces’. I’m loving this journey!

 

buddha brother
buddha brother

december 28, 2013

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If you think that peace and happiness are somewhere else and you run after them,
you will never arrive.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

no help (instagram)
no help (instagram)

I’ve been so busy this fall that I haven’t had time to deal with the yard. Couple that with summer’s unchecked overgrowth (a la nasty gallbladder business) because my neighbor thinks he lives in the country, and it makes for days of work. Seriously: days. A month ago I got everything chopped down. Then came the ice, snow, and rain. I thought I’d get it all cleaned up and to the curb today. Five hours and a sore back later, only half of what needs doing is done. I piled the rest into small mountains: debris in one mound, leaves in another. I’d be bummed, except there’s five hours less to do now. I’m grateful for that.

december 2, 2013

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Find the good and praise it.” – Alex Haley

Tom
Tom

I noticed an interesting statue of Thomas Jefferson. I sometimes wonder what the founding fathers would make of this country today. Would they be pleased or mortified? We’d all like to think they’d be mortified, I’m sure, but let’s face it; they had slaves and sanctioned the genocide of thousands of Native Americans. For all those enlightened ideas they had, and they really did have them, they were still fatally fallible men. Not much has changed, really. New ideas come and go. Our sense of justice and equality ebb and flow. But one thing never changes, and that’s the power of kindness and mercy. This love can change the world; one person’s world or the world. Choose love whenever possible. And it’s always possible. (I think the Dalai Lama said that, or something like it).

…but wait, there’s more! The most awesome Bob Gregory sent an outhouse photo (taken in Pendarvis, WI, October 2013). Remember: there’s still time to get your entries into the outhouse contest. The winner gets a post card and a shaved ham sandwich.

Bob's contribution
Bob’s contribution