may 7, 2019

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“Treat everyone you meet like they are God in drag.” ~ Baba Ram Dass




This year’s weather turned out to be perfect for tulips. This red beauty in my backyard got its start in life as a UK tulip. It either came from the President’s yard or the main building grounds; impossible to say which. Years ago, before they changed the way landscaping is done on campus, they changed bulbs every year, and every year Marie, Crystal, Shell and I would gather as many freshly dug bulbs as we could carry. The bulbs were destined for the garbage bin. The gardeners hated to see them trashed as much as we did and turned their heads. In some cases, they gave us bags and helped us fill them. Most years the tulips in my yard have not faired well. This year has been different. The tulips don’t last long, but when they’re having a good year, my goodness the glory they possess. 


deep red

march 22, 2017

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“If you want to test your memory, try to remember what you were worrying about one year ago today.”
~ E. Joseph Cossman


brrrrrrr (colorsplash)


These poor little flowers outside my backdoor have endured multiple freezes in the last two weeks, and yet they’ve managed to hang on. Such a show of resilience is heartening. Imagine my (and ultimately their) surprise when the freeze warning on my phone went off again this morning. The poor trees that tried to bloom have already been shocked into dropping their typically beautiful, but now long-browned, blooms. It was so warm in late winter that some of them skipped the bloom and went straight to leaf. Those trees are cold now, I tell you. Cold! So, we’ll miss having our usual colorful Kentucky spring, but my apple trees love the cold snap(s). I’m alright with that because I love my grandma apple trees, and I’m hoping to get even more fruit from them this year as a result. I just have to get to them before the squirrels do. 

april 28, 2016

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“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.” ~ Hermann Hesse


nod to Georgia O'Keefe (snapseed)
nod to Georgia O’Keefe (snapseed)


I had the most inspiring lunch today with my friend Gail Kennedy. She wanted to show her appreciation for my photographing the Men of Note concert a few weeks ago, so off to lunch at the Julip Cup we went (best carrot cake ever). Better than the food, though, was our talk. We had the best conversation. I am hard pressed to think of someone as positive as Gail – even about things that would be utter devastation to most. I came away feeling energized and so blessed to have the chance to get to know her. I didn’t have my camera with me, and I forgot to pop off an iPhone shot, so I thought I’d use these tulip photos. They’re very Georgia O’Keefe, especially the white one, and since Gail was the Fine Arts Librarian for many years it’s only fitting they stand in for her.


ode to Prince
ode to Prince (snapseed)


april 21, 2014

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When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive,
to think, to enjoy, to love…” ~ Marcus Aurelius



finally, tulips!
finally, tulips!


It’s a big deal that these tulips bloomed. Planted in my front flower bed for three years, they’ve never produced blooms until this year. Remember my neighbor’s enormous hedge of honeysuckle we hacked down a month ago? It was so tall no morning sun ever reached the tulips. They would sprout leaves, but never bloom. I’m planting more now that they’ve got a fighting chance. People are like tulips sometimes. A little sunshine goes a long way.

april 16, 2013

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People are often unreasonable and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you.
Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
~ Mother Teresa

fields of gold
fields of gold

Some people think dandelions are a nuisance, a weed, an eyesore on their perfect lawn. In truth, they’re potent, hardy flowers that have saved countless lives for centuries. My great, great Aunt Hazel was visiting from Paintsville. It was 1970. I was five. After church, Aunt Hazel, mom, and Mamaw drove to a nearby farm to buy the Sunday dinner chicken. I stayed behind with Papaw to play in the creek like I always did. They returned 20 minutes later to find me deathly ill on the couch. The symptoms were that of a snake bite, though no marks could be found. My fever was high with sweat, delirium, and labored breathing. Aunt Hazel sent mom and Mamaw to the yard for a variety of weeds, most of which were dandelion. She boiled the mix into a putrid poultice then spread it warm across my chest. Within an hour it was as if nothing ever happened. I remember little of the illness. I was in the creek having a big time, then I was waking to Aunt Hazel’s angelic face. I don’t remember anything in between. I only know she saved my life with those dandelions. Here are some pretty UK tulips. They probably cure something, too, though I don’t know what.

tulips no organ
tulips no organ