“Real happy is compassion that comes naturally, even for people you dislike.” ~ Lisa Esile
Catherine Brereton, Susan Stewart, and Stacy Yelton came over for a cookout this evening. I’ve never spent time with these women that I didn’t learn something. Tonight, they helped me sort out a little professional problem. Then, we laughed until we cried, especially when Lily yodeled. Yes, cats can yodel. Granted, it was forcible yodeling, but it was a yodel nevertheless.
“Love is the most powerful force in the universe, it can heal, inspire, and bring us closer.”
~ David Bennett
Twenty five years ago me and Kiya made a record. Then 15 year old Susan Stewart loved it. I met and became fast friends with 40 year old Susan last year. That’s when I found out she’d been a big fan of the band. Kiya just happened to come to town on an evening Susan didn’t have to work, so she joined us for dinner. I couldn’t help but take this picture. I think it’s awesome. I hope for Susan’s sake it was worth the wait.
Back inside, the show was a real treat. Kiya’s new musical partner, Christa Hillhouse (right), made her first Lexington appearance. We took it easy on her since she was meeting all of Kiya’s friends at once – a tad overwhelming, I’m sure. I’m happy to report she survived. Kiya’s life partner, Meg Barnhouse (left), sat in and played three of her original tunes. Boy, did she blow the crowd away with her incredibly soulful voice. What a truly pleasant surprise. The only drawback to an otherwise perfect evening was that I didn’t get to spend enough time with Kiya. Next time, though. Next time.
“Forget what’s gone, appreciate what remains, and look forward to what’s coming next.”
~ Jace Flournoy
For me and Stacy Yelton, breakfast at Winchell’s is never bad, but today the food wasn’t what made it great. It was Catherine Brereton and Susan Stewart that made it spectacular. They’re two of the smartest, funniest women I’ve ever met. I was snorting. Hilarity aside, their intellect, particularly in the field of creative writing, is incredibly refreshing. Our conversation really set my mind to spinning. If only I’d snapped a better pic of them, though I’m sure Susan has a snappy comeback about that. However, she’ll be hard pressed to top her description of a coffee mug with a squirrel in the bottom: “Nothing says ‘yum’ like a rodent.” <snort>