“Sometimes you just need to distance yourself in order to see clearly.” ~ TinyBuddha
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.
“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
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.
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.
“Please be kind to one another and all creatures. I’m asking this of you and of myself.”
~ Lori-Lyn Hurley
My goodness, what a gorgeous sunset we were blessed with this evening in the Bluegrass. I had a rare opportunity to see it because I’m in the UK Albert B. “Happy” Chandler Medical Center. I’ve sort of mentioned being here for the last couple of days. Here’s why: Aunt Janet fell and broke her hip on Tuesday. She had a partial replacement yesterday. She’s on the mend now, and doing great. She’s a tough ‘ol bird, let me tell ya! The new section of the med center (below) is beautiful and full of art as I’ve mentioned before. It’s really nice to be in a pretty place like this. I mean, if you’ve gotta spend this much time in the hospital, it’s uplifting to be surrounded by beauty. But let’s not overlook the true beauty of this place. UK Med has the most incredible staff I’ve ever met. From the young man that brings the food, to the surgeon, the nurses, the attendants, right down to the guy that mops the floor: they’re all as beautiful as the art. What a blessing to have such a fantastic facility. And to call these people neighbors is icing on the cake. We’re a lucky family.
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ~ Confucius
Last Friday, as we walked to the The Helix Garage near the Kentucky Theater, I admired how far Lexington has come with its downtown. Like many other downtowns, Lexington is experiencing a long-term renaissance. It was a lively place when I was young and we’d come here from the mountains for things we couldn’t get at home. As a teenage I drove to nearly every rock concert offered at Rupp Arena; a sadly rare event these days (I’m not sure why they stopped the large national acts). In the early 1980’s, when I was getting my feet wet in local music scene, it was pretty lively with plenty of bars offering live bands, but the businesses had dried up and moved to the suburban malls. It was an American phenomenon and Lexington was not immune. But Friday I noticed how much color there is downtown; how much art, how much food and drink and people. There were people everywhere, and not all of them were playing Pokémon Go (but there were plenty of those to be sure). There were people milling about Triangle Park, dining at sidewalk patios, families with small children just admiring all there was to admire along the way. I’ve noticed a marked difference in the arts and in the way downtown looks during the Mayor Jim Gray era. Kudos to him for bringing the place back to life. If we could get a few more bars downtown big enough to offer local live music I’d feel like I stepped back in time thirty years with a lot more color.
“The less you respond to negativity, the more peaceful your life becomes.” ~ Unknown
Call me weird, but I actually enjoy leaving work after dark, or in this case, at sunset. I also rather enjoy gloomy cloudy days, especially if they’re drizzly. I often joke that it’s a latent British gene that causes me to like dark and cloudy. In any case, I enjoyed my walk to the car and the drive home.
“I advise you to say your dream is possible and then overcome all inconveniences, ignore all the hassles and take a running leap through the hoop, even if it is in flames.”
~ Les Brown
This sunset was not today. No, it was cloudy and rainy today. This sunset was the night before the reception, when Crystal took me to Costco for the veggie trays and cheese. We came out of the store and were treated to this beautiful sunset. I don’t get the full beauty of sunsets because I’m in a neighborhood of mature trees. So, I find these moments especially pleasing.
“No one heals himself by wounding another.” ~ St. Ambrose of Milan
There’s something special about October’s crescent moon. It hangs low in the sunset, glowing like a nightlight. It was beautiful in Tampa surrounded by the city lights and reflective waters. It made for a beautiful evening walk.
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” ~ Ram Dass
When the day of panel sessions was over, my traveling companion, Judy Sackett, and I headed to the Tampa Bay Fun Boat for a sunset tour around Davis Island in search of dolphins. It had become overcast during the day and our chances for a nice sunset didn’t look good. The chance of seeing dolphins and manatees was also slim as the Captain told us sightings had been extremely rare over the last several weeks due to, according to his theory, excess rainfall. All things against us, we soldiered on.
We were joined by a set of older folk as well as a sweet Amish family. As expected they stayed mostly to themselves and did not partake of the free Rum Punch (they were smart not to…Rum: not my favorite). Still, they were quite taken with the beauty and they were especially interested in seeing dolphins. Lo and behold, we did indeed see dolphins. Many dolphins in fact. Another of the Fun Boat’s guests put it up to the good luck of the baby.
While we meandered our way around Davis Island, the sky cleared to the East. When we turned back toward Tampa we were presented with a stunning sunset. It was a beautiful evening full of more blessings than I can count.
“Our words and images have power and it’s up to us if those have positive or negative results.”
~ Silas House
The sun had set and tiki torches lit when I came across these two little friends, perhaps sisters, enjoying their wedding dinners pond side. How sweet they looked watching the colors creep across the calming waters. Life for these girls will be all the richer if they stay friends forever. I wouldn’t take anything for my lifelong friends.