january 18, 2018

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“Let them judge you. Let them misunderstand you. Let them gossip about you. Their opinions aren’t your problem. You stay kind, committed to love & free in your authenticity. No matter what they do or say don’t you dare doubt your worth or the beauty of your truth.” ~ Scott Stabile

 

west

 

Winter skies offer subtle sunsets. They also tend to remind me of Doctor Zhivago. I don’t know why, but there you have it. Anyway, I remember the first time I heard thunder snow. I was six or there ’bouts. We were living at Malone, out in the country. A big snow had come through earlier in the day. At the gloaming, a deep, low rumble sounded up the valley toward Caney. It was both lonesome and ominous and it seemed to go on forever. I remember so clearly standing in the yard waiting for something to happen. I don’t know what I thought it would be, but I knew thunder in winter was unusual. It was weird enough to warrant something spectacular, surely. Nothing happened. I got cold and went inside. Now, I’ve got a hankerin’ to watch Doctor Zhivago, which has absolutely nothing to do with thunder snow. Just go with me, people. Some days are just this convoluted and funny.

 

downtown

november 5, 2017

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“May all that has been reduced to noise in you become music again.” ~ Unknown

 

to the west

 

Sunsets can be lacking without clouds, but I found this one from Sharon’s visit back in September rather soothing. May the sky be beautiful where you are.

october 11, 2017

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“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.”
~ Henry Ward Beecher

 

into the sunset

 

I fell in behind Uncle Danny as we headed off the hill from the cemetery. He’d given a good talk about Uncle Greg earlier at the funeral. He said Greg was a good brother. Those words echoed in my head as I watched Danny walk into the setting sun all alone. It was a beautiful if poignant moment. Danny is a good man, a great uncle, and I think his siblings would say he is, like Greg, a good brother, too.

september 23, 2017

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“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ~ Ayn Rand

 

quarter moon on a ten cent town

 

The sky was gorgeous last night. The sky was beautiful today. The sky was beautiful tonight. I am completely exhausted. Goodnight, Moon. Goodnight, Venus, small dot in the dirty orange light. Such beauty.

september 10, 2017

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“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.”
~ Dhirubhai Ambani

 

into the sunset

 

With no room at the Inn (my Inn, that is), Sharon is bunking with Maggie Jacobs. We had dinner at her farm last night. It’s a truly gorgeous place. We had a wonderful meal together, meeting new friends along the way, like this mare whose name I didn’t learn before I left. I was walking near the fence and she came to me. Horses are typically curious about cameras. True to that theory, she was all about mine. We had a great time together as the sun continued to set, and she walked the fence line with me as I explored the golden hour through the pines along the drive. It was a beautiful evening filled with laughter, delicious food, new friends, old friends, and more kindness than I deserve. I was grateful for every second of it.

 

golden hour

august 11, 2017

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“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” ~ John Burroughs

 

bridge over sunset

 

Our Shero finally landed at Cardinal Hill where she’ll spend the next three weeks learning to walk and other things she’ll need to continue independent living. We really missed her at dinner with the family down on the Kentucky River. There were about 20 of us Terry’s gathered just below Clay’s Ferry Bridge eating catfish and BBQ at Proud Mary’s. Dad thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to many more dates with the family when mom is back on her feet. We’re a good bunch of hillbillies in the Bluegrass. 

august 4, 2017

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“The politics of Jesus in 5 words: Love your neighbor as yourself.
In 3 words: Love your neighbor. In 1 word: Love.”
~ Nathan Hamm

 

art

 

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 the first time. I hadn’t noticed it in the daytime, but with the street light against the sunset sky, it popped out like it was the only thing I could see. I didn’t notice who the artist was, and I didn’t read the entire quote inscribed on the base, but I loved the work. 

 

art in moonlight

 

Our Shero continues to do well, better than expected, in fact: no temp, clear lungs, great vitals, good color. She had a hard time with the anesthesia, as she typically does, but they finally got her settled by this evening. Reinette Jones came to see her this morning, and this evening she still remembered. Pretty impressive for somebody that’s been filleted like a fish. I’m feeling less nervous about her condition today. He medical team, lead by Dr. Swaghert, is just brilliant. Between him and Dr, Silby, I believe our Shero will be dancing a jig in no time. So very grateful.

 

sunset

february 18, 2017

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“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness, and just be happy.”
~ Guillaume Apollinaire

 

march to the west

 

UK’s Army ROTC outstanding in their field at sunset. I sure hope these young men and women never see combat. I enjoy their evening maneuvers. They;re good kids. 

february 1, 2017

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“Sometimes you just need to distance yourself in order to see clearly.” ~ TinyBuddha

 

holy sunset, Batman! (snapseed)

 

I fired up the computer to make my post only to discover facebook flooded with far better views than this. Oh, yes, all of us in The Bluegrass got a big dose of beauty this evening. It’s not a great view, but it’s mine, and I’m darned grateful to have it. 

november 15, 2016

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“Christ didn’t let the storm change who he was… Nobody has that power over us and that’s the most important thing of all.” ~ Brother Paul Quenon

 

west
west

 

When yesterday went a different direction than any of us expected, I had to make an unexpected trip to West Liberty for additional supplies. I got to Cave Run just as the sun was setting. Even though I was in a hurry, I had to stop. I had to stop long enough to appreciate the beauty. The colors were soothing.

 

due west
due west

 

On the way back to Lexington darkness had set in. When I got to the Cave Run dam I realized the Super Moon was up. It was slightly above the ideal horizon line, but it was gorgeous nonetheless. I parked in the middle of the road on the dam and put the camera on a guardrail post. I didn’t have much time to play with settings, what with being in the middle of the road, but I had all the time I needed to appreciate how beautiful our planet is, and how blessed I was to see so much beauty in a few short hours.

 

super moon
super moon
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