From My Days at EKU

The following pictures are from my days at Eastern Kentucky University (1979-1986), during which time I earned my B.S. in Psychology, an M.P.A., and worked on a Masters in Psychology.  In particular these photos are from the time I lived on the fifth floor of Dupree Hall.  As you can see in these pictures, I was a lot thinner back in the day.  This is in part due to the fact that I was a poor college student with little money to spend on snacks.  : )


This is me studying, probably at some early hour of the morning.  Yes, that is a map of Middle Earth on the wall, and there are comic books on the second shelf (I was quite the nerd/geek even back then).


This a photo with two of my best friends at EKU (Michael Dunnigan in the back, and Mark Newkirk on the right-hand side).  Oh, those were the days.


EKU’S Dorothy Sutton named a “Kentucky Great Writer”

from the Richmond Register:

Dr. Dorothy Sutton, Foundation Professor Emeritus of English at Eastern Kentucky University, has been named a “Kentucky Great Writer” by the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

The honor recognizes Sutton’s “notable literary achievements,” particularly her latest collection of poetry, “Backing into Mountains,” according to Jennifer Mattox, development director of the Center, located at 251 W. Second St. in Lexington.

Each quarter, the Center spotlights three writers. Joining Sutton as Great Writers on this occasion are Normandi Ellis and Steve Rhodes. The public is invited to a free workshop devoted to the trio and led by the Center’s resident writer, Leatha Kendrick, on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Then, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Carnegie Center will host 15- to 20-minute readings by Sutton, Ellis and Rhodes at 7:30 p.m. The event, sponsored by LexArts and Wind Publications, is free and open to the public. Books will be sold for signing and refreshments will be served.

To read more, click on the link above.  A brief biography of Sutton can be found here.

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Photoblog: Day 5 of My Trip

Today began with my saying goodbye to my friend Mark and his wife Jane.  I thank them again for their kindness and hospitality in housing me these past three days.  Mark, however, was quite the pain in his insistence on paying for everything.  Thanks again for that as well Mark, and you’ll get yours if and when you ever come up to Pennsylvania to visit.

An hour later found me outside of St. Elizabeth’s and in front of “The Speckled Bird,” a small cafe owned and operated by two members of the Vineyard Central community.  It reminded me a great deal of Churchill, the coffee shop/cafe in Pottstown, where I serve as a barista about 7 hours a week.  Jill and Jona are the owner/operators, and Jill makes a great caramel macchiatto, even though it’s not officially on the menu.  If you are ever in the Cincinnati area, and particularly Norwood, make sure to stop by.  Their store is pictured below, as are the happy couple. Jill also made the banner which served as the backdrop for our gatherings (and she did it in less than a week!).

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Today I also met several “bloggers” that I have been reading for a while:  Alan Creech, Kyle Potter, and Amy Palmer. It was really good to meet the real live people behind the blogs.  I also attended a breakout session led by Alan Creech on “Liturgy – the Longhaul Life of the Community (more on this later), and I will hopefully be able to attend his house church “Vine and Branches” this Sunday evening in Lexington.

I was also able to get on touch, for the first time in years, with Mark Girard, who was the director of The Wesley Foundation at Eastern Kentucky University while I was a student there. Mark is directly responsible for my entering ministry in the first place, and he gave me my first “paying gig” in ministry during the 1985-86 academic year when I served as Student Assistant Minister at the Foundation. For this, I have D. G. Hollums to thank.  D. G. is a United Methodist pastor of a new church plant called “The Waters,” and he heard me mention Mark’s name in conversation and told me he’d get me Mark’s info, which he did (It seems D. G.’s wife was the youth minister in Mark’s last church).  Anyway, Mark is now a District Superintendent in the Kentucky Conference (a good person to know if I ever want to go back to Kentucky), and I hope to renew my relationship with him in the months to come.

There are a few more sessions today, and we close with dinner together.  I will then drive to my Mom’s house in Bloomfield, KY to stay for a couple of days while I visit her, my brother Kevin and my Dad.  I doubt that I will have access to wireless while there, so my next post may not be until Tuesday – we’ll see.

Until then . . .