january 17, 2012

‎”Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.” -Tom Stoppard Betty White turns 90 today. I said to someone younger (than me) just last week that there are two things age brings with it besides wrinkles and memory loss; you no longer care what anyone thinks about you and, you say things you wouldn’t have said as a twenty-something. In truth, most of us care what people think

january 16, 2012

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There are so many eloquent quotes from the late Dr. King that it’s hard to choose just one. Another inspiration came from a friend this morning by way of the inbox. He told me… “Be who you are, Kopana, I know you love

january 15, 2012

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”  ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. What a beautiful view the day before we honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here’s to a bright blue world of peace, beauty, and fairness for all.

january 14, 2012

“If some bitch is pissing you off, it takes 42 muscles to frown and 4 to slap her in the face.”  ~Rickie Lee Jones As much as I try to take the high road, I still smile at quotes like this. If this is a gauge by which we are measured, then, indeed, I have been taking the high road. Zen kitteh, Good King Leo, makes sure of it. How can you

january 13, 2012

“Few things make me happier than my little black cat, front legs curled upon the window sill, nose pressed to the cold glass, watching the snow.” ~ me That was my facebook status this morning. It got a large number of responses. Unexpectedly favorable responses, in fact. I’ve been sensing a shift in the way I look at my life, the people in it, the beauty of the every day

january 12, 2012

I was on my way to a meeting at UK’s main library when I ran into my good friend, Jenrose. She was on her way to teach a class on… energy in Appalachia (or something very close to that). Talking for that brief time really made my day. Jenrose is so, so smart, as kind-hearted as the day is long, and an exceptional lyricist. When she’s not teaching she’s performing

january 11, 2012

“The people who tell you that you can’t, are the ones who are most afraid that you will.” ~Julian Lennon I took the photograph first. The small button was given to me by a former office mate some time ago. It adorns a computer speaker that only I can see. Late this afternoon I came across the Lennon quote. The two seemed meant for each other. In other news, NPR posted

january 10, 2012

“A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT.” ~ Thomas Payne Not the best but, it’s all I’ve got for today. And I’m reminded to polish the kettle. <sigh>

january 9, 2012

“March on!  Take no prisoners!” Gordon Hogg Late last night I received an email from my friend, Gordon. For my birthday he usually sends historical front pages from the New York Times for January 8. This year he sent an article about composer, Roger Sessions. It talked about a concerto Sessions had written in the 1940’s which he’d been asked to rewrite, yet refused to do.  Gordon prefaced his emailed article with the words below. It

january 8, 2012

Look at the beauty today gave me! peace for my 47th year (Hipstamatic) I had one of the best night’s sleep I’ve had in a year and, as soon as I opened my eyes, I started to count my blessings. My sweet, devoted parents: they are two of the most loyal, humble, and forthright people God ever made. How did I get so lucky? I have the most incredible circle