july 1, 2018

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“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it’s nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.” ~ Thomas Merton

 

familiar

 

My colleague Laura Whayne retired last week. At her reception, I asked what she’d be doing in her retirement. She said she’d travel some, and perhaps she’d even go to Asheville. Naturally, I told her I’d just come from there and I began to sing it’s praises. The downtown is vibrant with unique shops, restaurants, and art. Yes, there’s the Biltmore, but downtown really has a lot to offer anyone with all sorts of tastes. If all anyone went for was the food, they’d not leave disappointed.

 

days of yore

 

One of our favorite places is the old Woolworth’s store. Very smartly, Asheville did not tear it down, but instead transformed it into an art mall. There are two floors of artist booths offering gorgeous paintings, mixed media, photography, woodwork, and a host of other works. Perhaps coolest of all, however, is the soda fountain. Not only did they not take it out, it’s still a functioning soda fountain. I was trying to diet so I avoided a malt, but the next time, I won’t. I might even order two. 

 

cheers

 

Just a block from Woolworth’s is a great restaurant called Tupelo Honey. They don’t make anything awful – exquisite shrimp and grits – and as you can see, they make a Stacy-approved Arnold Palmer. I told Laura about both Tupelo Honey and Woolworth’s, and I told her about much more of Asheville’s coolness. I hope she goes and I hope she enjoys it as much as Stacy and I do.

april 12, 2016

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“You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.”
~ Ralph Marston

 

this street
this street

 

Sometimes my favorite photos are the ones I don’t shoot with much intent. I have to say that Covington is one of the more interesting towns I’ve been to. I think I’d like to photograph more of it.

 

2002
2002

april 25, 2015

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“To believe in something and not live it is dishonest.”~ Gandhi

 

Saturday
Saturday

 

I love Lexington Diner. Their food is exceptional, and the wait staff are the kindest in all the land. I’m pretty sure I’ll never eat here without thinking of J. Wendel Cox. We had such a great conversation over breakfast last time he was in town that it’s seared into my mind as a Wendel place. Stacy Yelton and I dropped in for a spot of brunch today. It was, of course, fabulous, and the only thing missing was Wendel himself. As we left, we came across a group of people in front of the courthouse wearing florescent T’s that said “Stop Heroin.” We circled the block, parked (again), and made our way into the crowd to see what it was all about. Since Ryan Bick’s passing in January, more and more articles have been written about the heroin problem in Kentucky (and Ohio). Sadly, there was no media at today’s Walking for Wellness gathering. So, Stacy and I stood in for them. If Wendel had been with us, he would have gladly gone along. Heroin is not a killer of derelict drug abusers or low-life bums. It’s an accidental killer of young, smart, often fortunate, people who, for whatever reason, take a wrong turn. Heroin is often cut with things far more deadly than the drug itself, with unpredictable dosages. The combination is dropping users at an alarming rate. Many speculate the rise in heroin use is a result of Kentucky’s well meaning, but totally not-so-smart, pill mill solution laws. Whatever the case may be, I support any action to stop the death toll from rising; to stop the pain and suffering of user and family alike. I’m thankful to the folks that organized this walk, and allowed Stacy and I to attend their kick-off. Lunch at a favorite place and people trying to make a difference: it does a body and soul good.

 

stand up
stand up