july 22, 2013

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Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way,
ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past, or a pioneer of the future.
~ Deepak Chopra

Bighead Abe
Bighead Abe

I think it’s a good sign that I’ve already started photographing the new (old) building. The paintings are replicas of WPA paintings found in their original state on the second floor of the Margaret I. King Library where Special Collections is located. Lincoln’s bust sits squarely in the lobby’s center. Everything revolves around him, because it takes a crane to move him. Marie sits near him. I should ask if he watches her all the time. You know, the old ‘eyes that follow’ thing? In any case, they’ve done a lot to make the old place look inviting. Feels like home to me.

deep thoughts
deep thoughts

june 19, 2013

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Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.
~ Vincent van Gogh

walkin' on sunshine
walkin’ on sunshine

This morning I was in a meeting with Michael Griffitts and Allison Ennis from the Morgan County Public Library (in West Liberty). You might remember Michael from several months ago when he towed dad’s truck home. I mentioned then that he’s also director of MCPL. He and Allison are preparing to digitize the entire run of the Licking Valley Courier – our hometown newspaper. We’re all more excited than words can express. Did I get a picture of them before they left? Clearly, I did not. So, here are Crystal Heis’ shoes and lunch bag instead.

march 20, 2012

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‎”Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned” ~ Buddha

vernal redbuds (snapseed)

The Vernal Equinox: a day that should be warm yet hold a slight nip on the breeze; when delicate croci are surrounded by daffodils peaking yellow heads out of their tender green sheaths. This year, it’s 80 degrees and every blessed thing is in bloom; the daffodils nearly done, the croci long gone. Some trees have already gone to leaf. Still, I couldn’t help but notice the blast of color of the campus redbuds against a marble blue sky.

Then, when I made a trip to a certain building, I got a view of campus I haven’t seen in more than a decade. Hints of color hither and yon that will disappear with the new leaves drew me half out the third floor window; temporarily overcoming my fear of heights. For those familiar with UK’s campus, do you know which building I was in?

from c to shining see, sea? (instagram)

january 6, 2012

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You will never leave where you are until you decide where you’d rather be.”

The Daily Buddha

Moon over UK

Today has been interesting indeed. It started with another great post from Lori-Lyn; “The first two, or six, or ten people you see every day are yours to love. When you gaze at them, gaze with love. Open at your heart and send waves of compassion to envelope them.” But the Daily Buddha’s quote really spoke to me and, as it happened, the photos I took today are centered around where I am right now – the University of Kentucky.

a closer look
the long walk in (instagram)

The photos aren’t indicative of how heavy where I am right now really is. That’s intentional and a good thing. I am in the process of figuring out where I want to be. Every day gets me a little closer to that answer. Starting my days with videos like this sets the stage for a day of laughter, and that’s the best medicine possible! It’s short and totally worth a watch (WARNING – there’s a dirty word at the end so, if you’re easily offended, you might want to avoid this bit of humor).

Namaste… ya’ll!!!