Earlier this week I went to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for a
couple days with my daughter Mary Donnelly and her children Sarah and
Sean. It was such fun to be with them-any time with them is happy. I
really enjoyed the ride that soared over waterfalls, snow, mountains,
etc. I felt like my feet were going to get wet a couple times. Another
thing I really enjoyed was swimming in the pool late at night.
Space nerds at Disney World! L. to R.: Sean, me, and Sarah.
Our safari ride led to my telling them a story they had never heard.
I told this story to so many children during my school visits that I
forgot I hadn't told my own children and grandchildren. The animals
on the safari ride were so beautiful and interesting, and they reminded
me of my trips to Tanzania in Africa. During one of my trips, we camped
out in a tent. We had been warned to keep the tent door flaps zipped
up at night; but-you guessed it-someone went out in the middle of the
night and failed to zip it back up. I woke up the next morning and wasn't
able to move my legs. When I opened my eyes, I saw what the weight was
holding them down, a great, big baboon sitting on my feet! I screamed,
and the baboon took off, taking our toothbrushes and hairbrushes with
him. I see primates on TV grooming each other, so I guess our things
ended up as a gift for his girlfriend. I'm able to laugh at this story
now, but I was pretty scared and pretty mad when it happened.
The weekend of August 27-28, I'll be in Russell, Kentucky, with my
friends at Designer Art & Framing. I've created several special
new images for the show, which will be released as giclées on
paper. For more information on the show and the prints, please contact
the gallery at 606-833-2962.
Kentucky Favorites features Rupp Arena, Keeneland Race Track, and
Home of Champions features Rupp Arena, where the University of Kentucky
Wildcats hold their basketball games.
Pride of the Commonwealth features Commonwealth Stadium, where the
Wildcats hold their football games.
Win, Place, Show features Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, Ky.
Forever Blue speaks for itself.
My thoughts and prayers are with my friends in Iowa who are dealing
with yet another flood. I'm looking forward to seeing them this fall
when I'm in the Hawkeye State for several shows: Kenneth Paul Gallery
in Des Moines, October 1-2; Country Gallery in Story City, October 30;
White's Gallery in Osceola, October 31; and The Village Shoppe in Kalona,
I remember my 1995 Collectors' Convention was held in Ames, Iowa, in
Iowa State University's Hilton Coliseum, and I understand the Coliseum
has been particularly hard-hit by the flooding.