september 29, 2016

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“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” ~ Scott Hamilton

 

highest point
highest point

 

I received an incredible compliment today from a woman I’ve never met. Kate, a childhood friend of Kathy Robinson, saw the post about Kathy from last Saturday, and then took a look at my website. She was moved by the Sacred Spaces photos. She said such wonderful things about them, and me. Yesterday I was surrounded by the spirit of the Shakers. Not a week ago it was the spirit of Zen Buddhists. The week before that I was at Cane Ridge. In all three places I was able to add to the series, searching for images that move me deeply. This staircase in the Center Dwelling House at Shakertown appears to lead no where, or as Stacy remarked, it looks like it belongs in the Winchester House. It actually leads on to the roof. There’s a small sign by the window that says it’s the highest point on Pleasant Hill, but it’s also the highest point in Mercer County. It provides a beautiful view of the meeting house where the Shakers would congregate and worship together. From the bottom of the stairs all you see is heaven.

may 6, 2016

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“It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work.” ~ Wendell Berry

 

Johnny Appleseed (snapseed)
Johnny Appleseed (snapseed)

 

I’ve had a pretty fine week in case you couldn’t tell. Yesterday was awesome for sure, what with Cinco de Mayo with the Heis family and all. I ran into some friends before that fun ever started, like Johnny Farris. This is his first appearance in the outhouse. Johnny, Crystal, and I went through UK’s Fine Arts program together. He’s an excellent photographer, but more than that, he’s as sweet as the day is long. Plus, he’s just adorable. I hadn’t seen Johnny since Greg Davis and Vanessa Oliver’s wedding nearly two years ago. So, it was great to catch up with him. Then, there was Annie Bassoni. I’m at my desk migrating data listening to Foo Fighters cranked to eleven in my headphones when I hear a tiny ‘clink.’ Seems I didn’t hear Annie calling my name through her bull horn…and yet I heard her throw a rock at my window (go figure). My selective hearing aside, I don’t know who thought it was a good idea to give this woman a bull horn, but she was walking around campus terrorizing people with it, calling out random names and actions to complete strangers. Mind you, Annie is a therapist. It might be fair to say she’s the reason some people need therapy with that kind of behavior. She absolutely cracks me up. I wouldn’t take anything for her and Johnny. I love my people so much.

 

hey lady!! (snapseed)
hey lady!! (snapseed)

april 3, 2016

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“Whatever you do, make sure it makes you happy.” ~ Unknown

 

wake up (snapseed)
wake up (snapseed)

 

I woke up feeling pretty crappy yesterday so I made quick work of my errands before the sore throat gave way to fever and chills (which it did, of course). I passed the Lulu Lemon shop with this on the front window. I love a positive word. That alone made me feel better.

november 22, 2015

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“A year from now, everything you’re stressing about won’t even matter.” ~ Unknown

 

hope
hope

 

I had every intention of going to church this morning. I was exhausted yesterday, and the rotten weather that moved through last night – bringing our first snow of the season – inspired me to skip the UK Football game (the only UK football game I’ve ever had tickets for) and stay in. I slept for twelve hours. I slept through church. I found this shot of the Gothic church door windows from the Sacred Spaces reception back in October. It will be my church today. I’m thankful to be rested.

january 6, 2015

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“Whether this moment is happy or not depends on you. It’s you that makes the moment happy. It’s not the moment that makes you happy. With mindfulness, concentration and insight, any moment can become a happy moment. Happiness is an art.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 

winter blossom (instagram)
winter blossom (instagram)

 

Over the winter break when I was busy with the feng shui of the nest, I discovered this photo of Mark Collinsworth and myself circa 1978. We were in my grandmother’s house in West Liberty talking about music. I remember the day. We were visiting that summer from Arizona (my parents and I lived in Tucson 1975-79). My plant bloomed over the break, too, and yesterday I found it a warm backdrop for a Polaroid memory. It brings me joy, my little work window filled with photographs and plants. Altars, altars everywhere. I’ve got half a mind to string some Christmas lights around the window. Everything is better with Christmas lights.

december 23, 2014

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“Responsibility: the ability to choose your response.
How other people behave is their karma; how you react is yours.”
~ Timber Hawkeye

 

service station
service station

 

If you’re in Central Kentucky and you own a Toyota, you owe it to yourself, and to the car, to take it to Lowell’s for service. They never charge for stuff I don’t need. They sometimes find problems I didn’t know I had, like a brake light that was out. Best of all, they leave chocolate with a thank you note in the car.

 

Fra-gi-le
Fra-gi-le

 

This morning, I took my car to Lowell’s for regular service. Stacy Yelton went with me. We walked to Lexington Diner at the corner of Upper and Short for a fantastic breakfast. Along the way we strolled streets and alleys breathing in the wonderful old and new, mostly old, downtown. a la lucie wins for best window dressing. It was a fantastic Christmas Eve Eve filled with delicious food, super kind people, and a letter from the city saying my jury duty for January has been cancelled. It’s not even 2015 and already it’s shaping up to be a great year.

 

convex selfie
convex selfie

january 28, 2014

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Celebrate the odd and eccentric people in your life.” ~ Dr. SunWolf

come in
come in to the past

I might be that odd and eccentric person your mother warned you about. I had the occasion to pass the doomed greenhouses again, except this time, I investigated. The temp might have been -4°, but I needed a closer look. I snapped until my fingers went numb. It didn’t take long.

frosted maize
frosted maize

What a lovely, and kind of sad, surprise finding the corn. Who knows what I would have found if I actually stepped inside. Perhaps next time.

a real glass ceiling
a real glass ceiling

january 14, 2014

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If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up, it dies and ceases to be what you love. So, if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession.
Love is about appreciation.” ~ Osho

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zentangle

Sandy Davis is one of the smartest people I know, and as a bonus, she’s a fantastic artist. That’s why she very smartly created cards of her zentangle drawings. I loved mine so much I framed it so I can look at it every day in my office. It makes me happy.

january 8, 2014

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If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
~ Dalai Lama

another sunrise
another sunrise

Today, I got to celebrate my 49th trip around the sun. That might sound old, but it’s really a very small number in the grand scheme of things. I suppose I should be freaked out that I’ll be 50 soon, but I’m so grateful to be here that I’m down right giddy about any age at this point. I know way too many people who wanted to be this old but never made it. I was blessed to share delicious meals with people I love and respect. I got awesome phone calls, and facebook messages, and texts, and cards, and presents (like the militant radical librarian coffee mug and drumstick pencils). Even the mailman delivered two hand forged amulets from my dear friend Eric Chapman. How awesome is that? Sweeter still, four of us in Special Collections celebrate birthdays this week, including Judy Sackett (below). On this birthday there were no balloons, or parties, or singing telegrams; no fireworks or colossal announcements. Instead, I was up to my ears in grace-filled human beings, and they were way better than all that stuff. So, when I add up all the outstanding little things about today, this easily goes down as the best birthday ever. That’s how fortunate I am.

Judy sunshine
Judy sunshine
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