“An open mind is like an open window. It lets the fresh air in.” ~ Mike Hernacki
Some walks at the end of the day are a bit like walking through a postcard. It’s not a postcard from the beach, mountains, tropical paradise, or African safari, but it’s what I’ve got. I can sure think of worse. I’m awfully grateful for the view, the steadiness, the perks, and especially my sweet co-workers.
“I think I will be able to, in the end, rise above the clouds and climb the stairs to Heaven, and I will look down on my beautiful life.” ~ Yayoi Kusama
Last week these wonderful additions began to appear in various locations around campus. I hope it works because it’s actually a very kind thing to do. I seem to recall the city did something similar with bikes a few years ago, but I don’t think that worked out too well. In any case, Loanbrellas – that’s the kind of positive act I like. Good going, UK.
“Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind.
Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.” ~ Jawaharlal Nehru
Late last year UK’s president chose to cover a well-known mural in Memorial Hall painted by UK Alumna Ann Rice O’Hanlon. This he did in response to discomfort voiced by a variety of campus groups. The reason they’re displeased with the image created in 1934 as part of the WPA is because it depicts Kentucky’s history. In that history are black slaves and native american indians, and in the painting those slaves and indians are represented. How they’re represented is unlikely the way an artist would portray them today, but like it or not, slaves and indians were instrumental to the making of Kentucky. Would it be a greater or lesser sin to leave them out entirely? A little more than a week after the president announced the covering of the painting (presumably until the University could decide how best to deal with it since it’s a WPA work of value), another announcement was released declaring the decision would be reversed. BFF Reinette Jones is working on a publication about the mural. Yesterday, she and I made our way to Memorial Hall to photograph it. We arrived to find the fresco still under wraps nearly two months after announcing it would be uncovered. Still, the ironically white sheet draped wall made for a provocative image. Whether one agrees with O’Hanlon’s visual interpretations or not, she did her job well because 80+ years later the fresco is still spurring intellectual exchange. That’s what good art is supposed to do.
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”
~ Bob Marley
It was a stunningly gorgeous day in Kentucky. Surely heaven looks like Kentucky in October, at least a little slice of it anyway. It’s hard to imagine being anywhere else this time of year. It warms my heart every year.
“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” ~ Albert Camus
I walked to the car, turned around for just a moment, and saw this incredible sky. When I take the new job I’ll be leaving the main library pictured here for a smaller branch library (which is actually the old library). I’ll also be leaving this view every day from the parking garage. I will miss the sky so much. At home, my neighborhood is older and chock full of mature trees. While I loves trees, we have so many that they block the sky, which makes days like this from atop the garage all the more sweet. Those contrails making an X in the sky: eerily symbolic this particular day for my career at the University of Kentucky as I had several very important and meaningful conversations that could have changed my outlook. Life is good. I am growing. I am blessed beyond measure.
“Sometimes you have to be your own hero.” ~ Unknown
I haven’t done an autostitch pic in a long time, and today’s sky was so beautiful that it had to be done twice. What’s pitiful is that the stitch didn’t quite meet at the pole, thus making the flag illegible. It is the 2012 men’s NCAA basketball champions, the University of Kentucky Wildcats. It was our eighth trophy. Tonight, the championship game has the University of Louisville Cardinals against Michigan. Tomorrow, the women’s championship game will be played between Louisville and Connecticut. Very few schools can make such a successful claim as this. A lot of the Big Blue Nation don’t like Louisville and they especially don’t like Rick Pitino because he left UK only to coach a rival in the end. I am, as usual, an exception. I like Louisville any time they’re not playing UK. They represent Kentucky, too, as all our state schools do. I also think Rick Pitino is the best basketball coach alive. I always have, even when he dumped us. I might be on to something since he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame today. Go Cards – men and women! You’ve made the Commonwealth proud.
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.
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).