Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Working to frame up the most elaborate (though you can't yet tell) of portraits for 2011's Leading Women of Central KY, before the arrival of my very game subject, LexArt's Robbie Morgan. The 20-portrait series will appear in the May issue of Business Lexington. http://www.bizlex.com
Monday, April 25, 2011
I don't know why, but tornados seem to love western Kentucky (where I grew up) much more than eastern Kentucky (where I've lived for years).
Over Easter weekend, we were treated to extensive tornado watches and at least TWO warnings. Friday night, a tornado was reported to be headed — well — pretty much right for us, e.t.a. 11:18pm. Yeah — we went into the basement.
The weirdness outside (pounding rain and wind, followed by eerie calm, followed by pounding rain and wind), along with this radar shot (from my brother's iPhone), suggest that we may have been just plain lucky. Reports the next morning said that this tornado (the *TORNADO-shape* in the blue circle) veered away from us (the yellow dot right next to it) and touched down briefly somewhat to the north.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
|(hypothetical from Pentagram Design's |
"Blue Horse" campaign for Lex)
Today, after a morning bike trip to the store, I stopped to visit with an inspirational couple, the Maddocks, who were outside working on the foundations of what will surely be an amazing urban farm, right in the heart of the East End. As we chatted under the glorious Spring sky, I was reminded of the absolutely amazing community growth that's going on right here, right now, in Lexington due to an incredible brew of amazing younger folk like them, who are cheerfully refusing to settle for inadequacies that many have come to take for granted in our town.
I've seen increasing evidence lately that the "old money" in Lexington (and maybe places like it) doesn't know how to change and is increasingly choosing to sequester away from outsiders, i.e. those who aren't moneyed, vast property owners and just … watch Rome burn, is how I feel about it sometimes.
There's not much I can do about that except feel disappointed by it, and look elsewhere for meaningful change. But that change IS happening.
After the CentrePointe controversy — which revolved in some general way around how much say our community had in decisions about our downtown landscape — my good friend (and inspiration) Griff said, with his unique verve, cheer and conviction: "Fuck downtown. We're goin' north."
What I took that to mean was: Why waste valuable energy, resources and inspiration on the traditional space we call "downtown," when there are spaces all over in every direction that are crying out for attention, for an end to the neglect that focusing on "downtown" had previously fostered.
And that's was exactly the kind of evolutionary thinking that's helping to bring out the best in Lexington, I think. As much help as the gray-haired rich-guy business types could help, as much as they could advance this city, they aren't doing it — seemingly out of a lack of interest or possibly because they're afraid or they just don't get it. Maybe they just don't know how to change. It's some kind of terminal bluegrass myopia, and it's corrosive to this city's potential. The question has been asked by smarter people than I: Why isn't Lexington … Austin?
But there is a new rising class of charismatic, smart, conscientious people coming up through the social and business ranks in this town. I've met too many of them to count. And they are changing this town for the better, without much help from "your daddy," Old Lexington.
It's very exciting, because these people are so inspiring. The Seedleafs, and the Broke Spokes, and the Cornbread Suppers, and the Distillery District folks and ProgressLex, and so many more, including the Mayor — they're not just on the way, they're here. And they're making this town so much better than it's been in decades.
I'm glad for that this Friday. That's my inspiration this week and next.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Monday, April 04, 2011
Sunday, April 03, 2011
Saturday, April 02, 2011
Pyramid book design workshop at King Library Press with Karen Hanmer
Friday, April 01, 2011
Shaky vid streamed to phone: check. lookin like a dorkwad: check. uploading to the world: time for a long nap.