august 1, 2019

“Practice the Pause: Pause before judging. Pause before assuming. Pause before accusing. Pause whenever you’re about to react harshly and you’ll avoid doing and saying things you’ll later regret.” ~ Lori Deschene     One of the smartest, most compassionate men I know right here. Plus, I love him from the bottom of my heart. Always have. Always will.

june 12, 2017

“When they say it’s impossible, remember that it is impossible for them, not for you.” ~ Unknown     Meet Jim Bob Meade (center). Jim Bob is one of the coolest cats you’ll ever meet. Pam sure thought so. She married him. They became known as Jim Bob and Pam Bob. They’re pictured here with another cool cat, uncle of Saturday’s bride, BFF Tracy “Tracy Bob” Hawkins. I’d seen Pam

may 12, 2017

“Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” ~ Albert Schweitzer     Lori-Lyn Hurley had an opening reception this evening at St. Raphael’s gallery. Her beautiful paintings lined the gallery walls in few but mighty numbers. I’m so proud of her for doing the work she loves and putting it out there for the world to enjoy and appreciate. And that man of hers, Tracy; still one of the finest human

december 5, 2015

“One of the greatest lessons in life is learning to be happy without the things we cannot or should not have.” ~ Richard L. Evans     It started with a completely out-of-this-world foggy/frosty morning drive to the little hamlet of Ewing, Kentucky. There, at a small gallery called Soul Mates, Stacy Yelton and I attended an extraordinary artist discussion by Lori-Lyn Hurley (above with her soul mate, the equally

march 14, 2013

“As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being directed to something better.” ~ Stever Maraboli There it is; all that remains of Mamaw’s floor. Tracy Hawkins has been keeping it safe for us until the carpenters were ready. With it, they’re making a kitchen bar from whence Janet can have her breakfast, or just

october 27, 2012

“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.” ~ Buddha Tracy Hawkins is one of the most gifted men I know; one of America’s best photographers and musicians. More importantly, he’s one of the best human beings on the planet. He’s honest, forthright, kind, compassionate, smart, talented, witty, handsome, the list is virtually endless. I don’t think we’ve ever had a meaningless conversation, no matter how short