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Beach Week

9 Jul

Ryan and I spent all of last week at the beach with my family, minus Gray (who was on a mission trip to Mexico). The beach is my happy place and it was pure bliss to be there for a whole week!
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The first couple of days, I was sporting my Rifle Paper Tattly Tat from Katie Meek. I enjoyed three books while I was there. The first was “Cold Tangerines” by Shauna Niequist. I really enjoyed the way that she writes and celebrates life. The second was a suggested beach read at Barnes and Noble, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple. It is very quirky, but fun to read at the beach. The third was “Wife School” by Julie Gordon. This book has already been so helpful since I finished it a couple days ago. There are some great principles defined in a way that is so easy to ingest.

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One of my favorite parts of this trip was riding around in my dad’s jeep with the top off. We also got some funny shots with the Go Pro. This is just a photo taken from a very interesting video…. Hopefully I will be able to share it soon!jeep

My dad just got a Go Pole so you can take photos out in front of you. We tried it out in the seaweed filled ocean a few times.DCIM100GOPRODCIM100GOPRODCIM100GOPROProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetDCIM100GOPROProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThese two are so cool. Ryan was putting the camera into the water and you can see the water coming up around the camera. It happened so fast that we didn’t see it, but the photo caught the action.

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We went deep sea fishing on morning with the Persons. As we had done in the past, it became and guys vs. girls competition. The ladies dominated once again!
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There is just something magical about catching a huge fish! When we got back, our guides filleted them up and we took it to a restaurant that cooked it up for us. You can’t get fresher fish than that!
IMG_7217 IMG_7220 IMG_7227 IMG_7234 IMG_7237 IMG_7241 IMG_7245 IMG_7259 IMG_7263We ran in the Color Run on the morning of the 4th of July. The Go Pro came in handy once again! I loved all my dad’s selfies.

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Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetMy family went back a day earlier than us to see Gray when he got home. Ryan and I enjoyed a day to ourselves and had a date night in Seaside at the Great Southern Cafe. It was my second time there and won’t be my last. The food is so delicious! Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with x1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Until next time!

NYC Part 2

5 Apr

Here is part two of my New York trip. If you missed part one, check it out here.20140405-180711.jpg20140405-180722.jpgWe did a lot of exploring and walking around the city.

20140405-180803.jpgOne of the highlights of the trip was touring the New York Times.

20140405-180832.jpg20140405-180930.jpgThe other really exciting thing was seeing Scott Pelley! I love 60 Minutes so I was having a major celebrity moment on the front row of his keynote.

20140405-180840.jpg20140405-180635.jpg20140405-180916.jpg20140405-180653.jpg20140405-180702.jpgThe Talisman took home a Gold Crown award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.  This group was pretty happy to be able to accept it in person:20140405-180811.jpgWe celebrated by eating the “best cookie ever” from Levain Bakery.20140405-180626.jpgThe conference ended around lunch time on the last day that we were there, so I got to spend the rest of the day around the city. It was a really beautiful day with bright sunshine. Katie and I got lunch with Ashley in a park by the river. It was so sweet to catch up and see where Ash and Philip live.20140405-180939.jpg20140405-180730.jpg20140405-180738.jpg20140405-180857.jpg20140405-180848.jpg20140405-180907.jpgHolmes sent me an awesome list of things to eat in NYC. It was really helpful. There are so many great options. I was never disappointed at the end of a meal.



25 Mar

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The photo above really describes our whole New York City trip – lots of selfies, lipstick and subway rides. More to come, but here are a few photos in the mean time.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset photo 4

Todd County Project – Completed

5 Feb

I am really proud of this project and thrilled to share it with you.

As I mentioned back in September, Bryan and I were hired to do an art/archive project for the Todd County Justice Center. The thought of a six month to year long project scared me a little, but with some planning and adventure – we finished! We both learned a lot and really enjoyed it. We met some really incredible people along the way and were sad to wrap it up.

We took a little trip to see the photos on the walls and hang the captions with Ryan and Karissa a couple weeks ago.


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These are from the second floor courtroom and waiting area. There is an identical set up on the first floor with a different set of photos.

All in all there are 19 poster size photos and 3 smaller prints. All of the photos were shot by Bryan. My job and title (which changed daily) was usually art director or production manager. We planned shots based on what people in town told us made Todd County special. While we traveled from place to place, we made frequent stops to photography things that caught our eye. Here are the images that made it into the courthouse:

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September 12, 2013 – Morning fog rolls in over a barn in Allensville on highway 102. 2013.09.12_ todd county _lemon-60

September 12, 2013 – Tobacco leaves hang in a barn off of highway 102 in Allensville. Hanging the burly leaves allows the plant to be cured while moisture escapes.  In 2006, Todd County produced over 1 million pounds of dark, fire-cured tobacco. 2013.09.12_ todd county _lemon-117

September 12, 2013 – Home in Allensville built by merchant Charles W. Haddox (1842-1882) shortly after the Civil War.  Haddox became a Confederate soldier at 17 years old and served under Col. Hutchinson and General Morgan.  He was captured and became a prisoner of war for eighteen months.  Upon his return, he reentered the army remaining out until the close of the war.  He built this brick home so that it would be large enough to entertain all of the Confederate soldiers who came to Allensville.

[History from articles by Mildred C. Standard] The home is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Danny Dew.

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September 12, 2013 – Railroad tracks in Allensville originally laid in 1867. 2013.09.12_ todd county _lemon-174

September 12, 2013 – Morning light shines through the trees on Highway 79 near Allensville. 2013.09.12_ todd county _lemon-206

September 12, 2013 – Robert Penn Warren’s home stands in Guthrie.  Penn Warren became the first Poet Laureate of the United States in 1986.  He won a Pulitzer Prize for All the King’s Men and two more for his poetry. 2013.09.12_ todd county _lemon-574

September 12, 2013 – The Jefferson Davis Monument rises in the September sky in Fairview.  The 351-foot obelisk was built to mark the birthplace of Jefferson Davis. “Kentucky, my own, my native land, God grant that peace and plenty may ever run throughout your borders. God grant that your sons and daughters may ever rise to illustrate that fame of their dead fathers and that wherever the name of Kentucky is mentioned, every hand shall be lifted and every head bowed for all that is grand, all that is glorious, all that is virtuous, and all that is honorable and manly,” said Davis during his salute to Kentucky in November 1886 on his last visit to his birthplace. 2013.09.12_ todd county _lemon-613

September 12, 2013 – The Jefferson Davis Monument rises in the September sky in Fairview. Construction started in 1917, but stopped in 1918 at 175 feet due to the lack of building materials during World War I.  Building resumed in 1922 and was finished in 1924. The total cost was $200,000. 2013.09.18_ todd county _lemon-339

September 18, 2013 – Johnny Yoder repairs a strap from a saddle at the Penchem Tack Store.  The store was established in the 1960s by Yoder’s grandfather. 2013.09.18_ todd county _lemon-491-2

September 18, 2013 – The western face of Pilot Rock. It borders Todd and Christian Counties and is the highest point in both counties. 2013.09.18_ todd county _lemon-550

September 18, 2013 – A tobacco barn in northern Todd County viewed from Pilot Rock. 2013.09.18_ todd county _lemon-561

September 18, 2013 – The Jefferson Davis Monument as seen from Pilot Rock. The distance to the monument is about 8 miles. The solid Kentucky limestone structure was the fifth tallest monument in the United States. 2013.09.18_ todd county _lemon-635

September 18, 2013 – The main intersection in Kirkmansville gives directions to some of Todd County’s other towns. Kirkmansville is in the northwestern corner of Todd County and is home to a local favorite dining spot, Helen’s Place. 2013.09.18_ todd county _lemon-681

September 18, 2013 – The Harvest Moon rises in Clifty. The Harvest Moon signifies the end of harvest season and the yielding of crops. 2013.09.27_ todd county _lemon-433

October 4, 2013 – The old courthouse stands in the center square of Elkton during the Harvest Fest on Friday afternoon. Union forces occupied the courthouse during the Civil War. The cupola, an iconic symbol of Todd County, was added during renovations in 1871. 2013.10.03_ todd county _lemon-119

September 12, 2013 – The Guthrie Feed Mill sits just off the railroad tracks in Guthrie.  Originally a stage coach stop known as Pondy Woods, Guthrie was renamed for John James Guthrie, the President of L&N Railroad, in 1867. Guthrie placed a major switch track in town where five railroad lines met and the area became a boomtown of commerce. 2013.10.03_ todd county _lemon-489-2

October 3, 2013 – Marlyon, a 16-year-old Mennonite farmer, rests with his horses during a corn harvest in Fairview. Mennonites came to the area in 1970s because farm land was readily available. 2013.10.04_ todd county _lemon-319

October 4, 2013 – Clouds move over a field of soybeans outside of Trenton off of Kentucky route 1753.  Planting usually takes place in late April to June and harvest is from late September to November. 2013.10.04_ todd county _lemon-378

October 4, 2013 – The old courthouse in Elkton during Harvest Fest on Friday afternoon. The courthouse was built in 1835-1836 and served Todd County for 140 years.

*All images by Bryan Lemon.

Philly Adventure

13 Jan

What better way to begin a new year than a 48-hour adventure? January 2nd, I went to Philadelphia with my friend and student Katie Meek for an internship interview she had with Anthropologie. It was snowy and frigid, but we had a great time exploring this city. Here are a few photos Katie took during our trip:
_MG_1724We stayed in a Bed and Breakfast in West Philly near the University of Pennsylvania called the Gables. It was still decorated for Christmas and didn’t even look real._MG_1764 _MG_1770 _MG_1771 _MG_1782 _MG_1783 The day we spent at URBN Inc. headquarters was my favorite.  We arrived to the Navy Yard and went straight to the common building which houses a few offices, a coffee shop, magazine library, cafeteria and company gym. Of course, it is decorated like nothing I have ever seen. _MG_1785 _MG_1796 _MG_1801 _MG_1804 _MG_1807 _MG_1815

After the interview, they offered tours so we got to see each brand’s offices. One thing I love about these brands is that everything is really consistent and recognizable. The offices were no exception. We were able to guess instantly.

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Here are my iPhone photos:

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Highlights from Katie’s Instagram feed:


Cappuccinos at La Columbe
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Lunch at Triamags penn

I left Philly feeling very inspired. Katie, thank you for letting me tag along!

Deep Sea Fishing

8 Jan


Instead of our annual Christmas trip to Memphis, this year we headed to the beach to meet my family. It was a relaxing getaway and change of pace. The weather wasn’t cooperating like we had hoped so it was our first and last “beachmas”, but it was still jam-packed with memories and laughter.

During the prettiest day of our trip (the only one where we saw the sun), we were deep sea fishing in the gulf. We caught more fish than we bargained for, were assisted by two guys referred to as Cornbread and Tater Tot, and watched people eat bolognese with a side of Bud Light at 8:00 a.m. It was near perfect.

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Holmes kept catching the coolest looking fish.IMG_8664

An 8 hour trip on the seas may have been a little long, but dinner was great that night!


2 Nov

Last week, I traveled to New Orleans to go the National College Media Convention with six students. Between sessions, we got to explore the French Quarter. Here are some of the highlights:Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with x1 presetbourbonProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset dixi Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with p5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with t1 preset New Orleans is a city for all the senses. There aren’t just pretty things to see and taste, but always music to hear. I tried to order local favorites when it was possible: jambalaya, shrimp and grits, and gumbo. I also had this delish lunch from a place called the Lucky Rooster:korean beedshrimp

The most exciting part of the trip was that the 2012 Talisman won a Pacemaker award. 2013 ACP/CMA National Collegiate Media Conference, New Orleans.I would love to visit again and explore the city more.

Beach Trip #2

23 Jul

On short notice, we got the chance to go to the beach for a few days last week!

But right before we headed that way, we got to go to a Beyonce concert! It was quite a performance!! I hadn’t ever been to see someone who was more than a singer. She was amazing!



It was a great trip with beautiful weather. We were so excited to have an unexpected second trip to the beach with my brother!

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One new addition that we loved was a golf cart! Holmes was our chauffeur for the trip.
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Until next time!

Great Things Happen When My Parents Empty Their Garage Part 1

26 Jun

This past weekend, Ryan and I were in Memphis for a little visit (our first since Christmas).

We had Grayson in tow. He and I had just wrapped up a Photojournalism Workshop at WKU. It was fun to coordinate an event that he was participating in. Learn more about that here.

little ggAfter a short stop at SATCO, we were on our way.

We had a nice time enjoying my family and our hometown. There are new sites and sounds that we got to enjoy.

One was a free concert at the Levitt Shell then pizza downtown at Aldo’s. I highly recommend both!


shell1 Then Saturday night, we went to my friend Katie’s wedding at the Pink Palace. Cheers to Mr. and Mrs. Davidson!rhodes

Before I left town, my dad mentioned that there was some stuff in the garage he wanted to get rid of. As usual, we jumped on this offer!

Last summer, they got some new patio furniture and have been storing the old stuff (it is probably the same age as me) in the garage. We brought it home and gave it a facelift!

patio before patio duringpatio afterWe gave it one more coat after this one, but you get the picture.
Thank you for the kind donations, Mom and Dad.
And yes, part 2 is coming…. from Memphis right now. I am really excited about this project!

Birthday Beach Trip – part 2

24 May

It was so fun to take a disposable camera on this trip. It brought back memories from middle school. So many selfies!








This is my grandmother’s house! Isn’t it adorable!?!


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