“Be filled with wonder, be touched by peace.” ~ Unknown
It’s hard to believe it’s the first day of September. I awoke to Sen. John McCain’s funeral broadcast. I bawled in my coffee as his daughter, Meghan, gave an impassioned eulogy with a range of adjectives; sorrow, grief, love, anger, pain, gratefulness. “The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great,” she said. One sentence summed up the consciousness of a nation, or at least my sentiments over the last year-ish. That’s just one reason why so many will miss the likes of John McCain. I will simply say thank you to Sen. McCain for your service, your courage, your imperfections, your intellect, your humor, and most of all for leading by example. We’ve got a lot to live up to.
“Life is like a book: Some chapters are sad, some happy, and some exciting.
But if you never turn the page, you’ll never know what the next chapter holds.”
Annie Bassoni and I met at the Woodland Art Fair and began our annual perambulatory judgement of the art. Thirty minutes into our trek, the skies opened up and the heavens let loose a heavy cry. We took shelter under a tent as others had umbrellas or sheltered, none too dryly, under the park’s large oaks. When the torrent reduced to a drizzle, we forged ahead until we came across these boys. I fondly remember pulling such antics usually with Mark Collinsworth. We had so much fun in the rain. I think that’s why, even now, I don’t mind being caught in the rain so much. I’m transported to childhood with Mark and full ditches of water and mud holes on Jones Creek and oversaturated yards screaming to be turned into slip-n-slides. I hope these boys never forget each other and the fun they had together today.
“Remember that your natural state is joy.” ~ Wayne Dyer
I met Annie Bassoni at the Woodland Art Fair today. I had so much fun, and ran into so many people I love. It really did my heart good to hug all their necks. My favorite photo of the day, however, has got to be this little girl asking Bangaly Savané for ice cream. Or maybe she was just staring because he’s a totally beautiful human being inside and out.
I was crossing the street to meet Annie when I very nearly ran into Lori-Lyn Hurley, one of my all-time favorite people ever. She is such a light to the world, and just a joy to be around. She walked with us to Elaine Heis’ booth by the Christian Church where they met for the first time. Annie wanted to take our picture, and well, we had a good time with it (below). I love these women so much even though it’s obvious it’s time for me to drop some weight. I don’t care. I love the pictures anyway. Thank you, Annie, for taking the camera away from me and letting me be with my peeps.
The next people I ran into was Bangaly and Mamadou Savané. They had the brilliant idea of an ice cream booth at the fair. Sav’s Chill serves homemade gourmet ice cream, and what better for a hot summer afternoon than Bourbon Chocolate ice cream from these two sweet men? Not much, except talking to them, too. I’m so proud of them.
And then there was all the other favorite people I saw and hugged (apologizes to Deirdre Scaggs for not having the good sense to whip out the camera to photograph her with the awesome door wreath she’d just bought). I spotted Elaine’s daughter, Crystal, from a ways off. Mr. Boyfriend, aka Ken Trainor, saw me but played along. The surprise shot wasn’t worth posting, but their shot together was cute. And surprise, there stood Marlon Hurst. More hugs, and what a sweet, happy smile he gave me. I was honored to meet his girlfriend, Cathy, too.
There were three exhibitors I intended to see at the fair. The last to be found was David and Rebecca Campbell. We always joke about my stealth photo ways. I manage to catch them unaware, the results of which are not always their best looks. They’ve become pretty attuned to my sneaky ways as a result, but I caught them anyway (above). And I thought I was going to have to resort to a telephoto lens – guess not!
Finally, we found Deb Chenault at her booth, Twelfth House Designs. Like Annie before her, Crystal grabbed my camera and popped a shot of me with my peeps. Annie did not want to be in the picture, as you can plainly see, but she was very quick to show her disapproval of kale. I can’t say I blame her. I can’t acquire a taste for it myself. It was a great day. I loved seeing so many of my favorite people. I’ve included many photos in today’s post because I started my day having coffee over the phone with Angie Bliss Fanning. She wanted to see the festival. I wish she’d been here to go with us, so I hope the photos help bring her a little closer to The Bluegrass for a while.
“A brilliant young poet asked me once, ‘But how am I supposed to keep living with a broken heart?’ I laughed, not meaning to be cruel in any way, but answered, ‘How do any of us do it, son? If our hearts are open, they’re going to be broken. That’s the beauty of it… We cherish what is and go on.'”
~ Mary Carroll-Hackett
Elaine Heis is a glass artist. Here, you may know her better as my friend and Crystal Heis’ mom. Today, for the first time, she bravely showed her wares in a booth across the street from the Woodland Arts Fair. I met up with Annie Bassoni at Elaine’s booth. Unbeknownst to me, the two had never met. They recognized each other from pictures on facebook and here in the outhouse. By the time I showed up they were old friends, as you can see. One of the things I adore about both women is the ease with which they open their hearts. They remind me to stay open, and to ask the universe for goodness so that goodness will find me. There’s nothing but goodness every time I’m with these women, and it warms my heart that they’ve become friends. Goodness draws goodness.
There was more goodness to be had in my day. I ran into Rebecca and David Campbell at their booth at the main fair. And who should be shopping with them but long-time co-worker Tari Keller (bottom right). “Don’t believe a word she tells you,” I whispered to Tari from behind. Then, I snapped a picture of Rebecca and me just to make her laugh. Soon, David appeared with a great big hug, and off we went down the rabbit hole of photo-talk (he’s an awesome photographer). It was a delightful afternoon filled with fellowship, food, music (Louisville’s Bridge 19 was really good), and awesome art, although I was bummed to miss Deb Chenault, but she was too busy with her fans. (Ah, the life of a rock star!) The weather was perfect. The dogs, and babies, and whatever that white rat-looking thing was that one girl had, were all well behaved. I couldn’t have asked for a much better day. If you’re in Lexington tomorrow, go. I promise you’ll enjoy yourself!
“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” ~ Walter Bagehot
I hadn’t been to the Woodland Art Fair for years and years. I desperately needed some sunshine today, so me and BFF Stacy Yelton went out. The art work was superb, and because it was in a park, there were tons of beautiful dogs and children.