Crossing Paths

Stories and images of the people I meet along my journey.

Crossing Paths

Crossing Paths is with Melinda Mathis Hardin.

Many a person, activity, thing ignite the light in Melinda's eyes...but, music, well I think it sets her soul on fire....sing long and loud my beautiful friend...
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Many a person, activity, thing ignite the light in Melindas eyes...but, music, well I think it sets her soul on fire....sing long and loud my beautiful friend...

I have never inquired as to his story or name, I wonder if his family knows, or cares (or do they even exist) that he wanders the streets of Shelbyville, asking for just a little help. Though I'm often scolded and even criticized, I have made a personal commitment to offer him a few coins or a dollar (and certainly a smile) when he ask.
Because, well, because I don't know his story, and I don't know who cares (or if someone even exist to care) that this gentle soul walks, sits, stands, IS alone. I know he is someone's son...and I can only hope that one day if my son wandered alone that someone would offer him a tiny bit of good, a few coins....and a smile.
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I have never inquired as to his story or name, I wonder if his family knows, or cares (or do they even exist) that he wanders the streets of Shelbyville, asking for just a little help. Though Im often scolded and even criticized,  I have made a personal commitment to offer him a few coins or a dollar (and certainly a smile) when he ask.  
Because, well, because I dont know his story, and I dont know who cares (or if someone even exist to care) that this gentle soul walks, sits, stands, IS alone.  I know he is someones son...and I can only hope that one day if my son wandered alone that someone would offer him a tiny bit of good, a few coins....and a smile.

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Jeanette HicksOh cheryl, me too! I never have much but I always give him something when he asks.

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Maggie BunchGuys ask him if his name is Alvin. If it is Alvin and I think it is, he lives at Colonial Hall. He comes to our church sometimes and loves to sing.

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Tracey KircherThis love is year round, with so much grace towards all....Thank you I am now ready to celebrate Christmas!

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Marc WebbYes, Maggie Bunch is right. His name is Alvin and he lives at Colonial Hall.

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Sophie Deaton's lovely voice, lovely face, beautiful spirit graces my life... ... See MoreSee Less

Sophie Deatons lovely voice, lovely face, beautiful spirit graces my life...

I didn't get his name - but love this little guy's determination -- headed for the finish line at 2016 Turkey Trot ... See MoreSee Less

I didnt get his name - but love this little guys determination -- headed for the finish line at 2016 Turkey Trot

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Cathie WiegandHe was getting it!

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Kaleb Barnes nervously watched as the judge examined his rabbit at the Shelby County Fair....he was all smiles when the duo won! ... See MoreSee Less

Kaleb Barnes nervously watched as the judge examined his rabbit at the Shelby County Fair....he was all smiles when the duo won!

Long before moving to Shelby County I knew of Don Harris, his accomplishments, and stellar reputation as a horseman ... Preparing for our photo shoot, I felt like I was going to meet a Rock Star - and I did - I met a kind, humble, loyal gentleman....And that to me is how one achieves Rock Star status..... ... See MoreSee Less

Long before moving to Shelby County I knew of Don Harris, his accomplishments, and stellar reputation as a horseman ... Preparing for our photo shoot, I felt like I was going to meet a Rock Star - and I did - I met a kind, humble, loyal gentleman....And that to me is how one achieves Rock Star status.....

I stepped (and danced!) out of my comfort zone and auditioned for a role in SCCT's Summer musical - OKLAHOMA! I relive memories of my junior year at Moore High School when I sang along with rehearsals from the bleachers as I sewed the costumes for this show. I'm grateful to share the stage with new and old friends (including my husband!) but a special treat is to dance with Alex Hamilton, an amazing talent, Alex is sweet, kind, encouraging. It seems I apologize every night for stepping on his toes (yes, literally!) he just grins, gives me hug and says "Hey, this is all about having fun remember?!" ... See MoreSee Less

I stepped (and danced!) out of my comfort zone and auditioned for a role in SCCTs Summer musical - OKLAHOMA! I relive memories of my junior year at Moore High School when I sang along with  rehearsals from the bleachers as I sewed the costumes for this show. Im grateful to share the stage with new and old friends (including my husband!) but a special treat is to dance with Alex Hamilton, an amazing talent, Alex is sweet, kind, encouraging. It seems I apologize every night for stepping on his toes (yes, literally!) he just grins, gives me hug and says Hey, this is all about having fun remember?!

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Jane S. MartinAnd you have done a terrific job!! Thanks for saving me many many times. This old crazy wormen appreciates it!! What a talented woman you are!!

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Scott RichardsonNever thought I would see Alex dance!

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Crossing Paths is with Mark Burks.

Mark Burks has taken on many roles at the Shelby County Community Theatre. Musicals, dramas, comedies, leading and supportive characters, board president (X3) board member, contributor, patron, and friend. I have played his wife, his girlfriend, he directed me in one of my favorite shows. A heavy, huge void hung over our hearts when a serious, unexpected illness kept him from our stage and placed on the top of many prayer list. So imagine the joy and delight to those of us who dearly love Mark when he was able to once again step into another role! Welcome home Mark!
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Mark Burks has taken on many roles at the Shelby County Community Theatre. Musicals, dramas, comedies, leading and supportive characters, board president (X3) board member, contributor, patron, and friend. I have played his wife, his girlfriend, he directed me in one of my favorite shows. A heavy, huge void hung over our hearts when a serious, unexpected illness kept him from our stage and placed on the top of many prayer list. So imagine the joy and delight to those of us who dearly love Mark when he was able to once again step into another role!  Welcome home Mark!

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Valerie TimmonsOne of my favorite people to share the stage with.

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Cindy Essling-diemond😺😎🎼🎭

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Keila LallyGreat pic!

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Deloris Hart OdenwellerAmen!! So happy he is back!!

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When you talk with Peter Palmer you can hear tales of Broadway as a child, touring, singing in front of large, adoring audiences, success after success with some regret along the way. But my favorite conversation occurred last Fall under a tree at the Dog Park at Red Orchard with his pal Striker...he was generous with compliments and advice, open and interested in the journey of another traveler .... Glad you settled in Shelby Co my friend...here's to many more visits. ... See MoreSee Less

When you talk with Peter Palmer you can hear tales of Broadway as a child, touring, singing in front of large, adoring audiences, success after success with some regret along the way.  But my favorite conversation occurred last Fall under a tree at the Dog Park at Red Orchard with his pal Striker...he was generous with compliments and advice, open and interested in the journey of another traveler .... Glad you settled in Shelby Co my friend...heres to many more visits.

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Martha FloodHe gives much to our community. Glad he chose our town .

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Duanne PuckettAnn Stewart Gardner

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Andrea WhitingI loved listening to your dad's stories. I miss you guys.

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Grace StewartFarrell Bacon, your dad has the best stories. My favorites are when he talks adoringly about the love of his life, your mom. I so miss hearing these. Please give him my best.

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Grace StewartLauren Stewart this is the sweetest picture and words about a man you adore.

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Jeanie BairdThis is a fabulous picture of Peter and Stryker. Love and miss them both...tks for sharing.

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Sylvia D'AloiaOh my goodness Grace this is so sweet . I love the picture of Peter. He was always special to people of TT.

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Arleen FitzgeraldHe's a very interesting person to talk to. Lots of great stories.

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Jenine MorehouseI have fond memories of Peter's stories. Miss him and Aniko.

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Crossing Paths is with Walt Reichert.

Journalist, Editor, Educator, Gardener, County Extension Agent, Walt Reichert wears and has worn many hats - on this particular night he donned his Fur and Feathers Club hat (ok, shirt) as he spoke with participants and parents at the Rabbit and Chicken Contest at the Shelby County Fair.
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Journalist, Editor, Educator, Gardener, County Extension Agent, Walt Reichert wears and has worn many hats - on this particular night he donned his Fur and Feathers Club hat (ok, shirt) as he spoke with participants and parents at the Rabbit and Chicken Contest at the Shelby County Fair.

When 3 little girls from "Up East" visit their grandparent's farm in Shelby County, Kentucky....wonders upon wonders occur ... See MoreSee Less

When 3 little girls from Up East visit their grandparents farm in Shelby County, Kentucky....wonders upon wonders occur

Crossing Paths is with Clint Gill at Josephine Sculpture Park.

I've watched him on stage, I've even been fortunate to share the stage with him a few times...he's always present, always makes excellent choices, always captures the essence of a character....Always good, but never better than his portrayal of King Lear....Thanks for sharing your talents with us Clint.
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Ive watched him on stage, Ive even been fortunate to share the stage with him a few times...hes always present, always makes excellent choices, always captures the essence of a character....Always good, but never better than his portrayal of King Lear....Thanks for sharing your talents with us Clint.

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MaryAnn Morris GramigGoing next Saturday...can't wait!!

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Clint GillWow. Thank you. Humbling praise ...

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Brenda Weber RussoOh my he certainly looks the part

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Owen WhiteYou should have lived in that Era

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Crossing Paths is with Debbie Langley Medley.

“Eliminate the word NORMAL!” Debbie Medley, a long time educator and advocate for Special Needs Children, encouraged the audience at the Miss Sensational Pageant at the Shelby Co Fair. “Instead say, Average of all Deviants.” I felt as if I were eavesdropping upon a private conversation as Debbie talked with pageant participants, engaging each in conversations about hobbies, complimenting their shoes, and listening to their jokes. Contestant received a tiara and flowers, I think the greatest gift was a few minutes with Debbie.
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“Eliminate the word NORMAL!”  Debbie Medley, a long time educator and advocate for Special Needs Children,  encouraged the audience at the Miss Sensational Pageant at the Shelby Co Fair.  “Instead say, Average of all Deviants.” I felt as if I were eavesdropping upon a private conversation as Debbie talked with pageant participants, engaging each in conversations about hobbies, complimenting their shoes, and listening to their jokes.  Contestant received a tiara and flowers, I think the greatest gift was a few minutes with Debbie.

Dixie Nutt Taylor, Carolyn Calhoun Cox and 23 others like this

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Duanne Puckettmy girl Emme won her age level the first year of this event that was coordinated by high school fresham Claire Schaeffer in 2012... Emme is 15 now :)

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Camie TurnerDebbie is amazing

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Camie TurnerDebbie is an amazing educator and person

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Cyndi Powell SkellieDebbie Langley Medley is an amazing educator. Her ability to think outside of the box and to differentiate learning for the needs of her students is second to NONE! She never met a challenge she couldn't tackle.

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Loretta StewartDebby you are so precious .

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Cynthia Schiola HillDebbie Langley Medley is one of the greatest women I know. I already had a love for what she does and she just brought out even more in me. Greatest teacher ever

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“Hey Cheryl! You took a picture of me last year running my first 5K, well, this year I brought by son to run his first 5K.” Jamesetta Goode and her son, Nicholas, 10. ... See MoreSee Less

“Hey Cheryl! You took a picture of me last year running my first 5K, well, this year I brought by son to run his first 5K.”  Jamesetta Goode and her son, Nicholas, 10.

“We started this project over 20 years ago on a single card table” … Mrs. Etta Murphy Coleman was speaking of the efforts and accomplishments with her late husband, the Rev. Louis Coleman. “He was so proud of it. It gave the children in the neighborhood a place to go.” IT is the Shelby County Community Center that now sits vacant in the Martinsville neighborhood. “I’m going to do all I can to bring it back” ... See MoreSee Less

“We started this project over 20 years ago on a single card table” … Mrs. Etta Murphy Coleman was speaking of the efforts and accomplishments with her late husband, the Rev. Louis Coleman. “He was so proud of it.  It gave the children in the neighborhood a place to go.”  IT is the Shelby County Community Center that now sits vacant in the Martinsville neighborhood. “I’m going to do all I can to bring it back”

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Holly HusbandWonderful lady!

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Crossing Paths is with Lydia Sherrer.

Lydia Thomas Sherrer, listening to her father's toast on her wedding day. I watched Lydia grown into this beautiful young woman - I have never seen her more radiant. Happy 2nd Anniversary David and Lydia!
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Lydia Thomas Sherrer,  listening to her fathers toast on her wedding day.  I watched Lydia grown into this beautiful young woman - I have never seen her more radiant. Happy 2nd Anniversary David and Lydia!

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Lydia SherrerAw, thank you Cheryl Rankin Van Stockum!! It is such a beautiful picture :)

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Brenda Weber RussoYou caught a moment

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“Hey! Do you want to take my picture?!” (Of course I did!) Gabriel and his friend were on lunch at the B&N in Bagdad. He graciously (and humorously) shared his story of coming to America with his family and the motivation to learn a new language. “I was in middle school, I knew if I wanted to meet girls – I had to learn to speak English!” ... See MoreSee Less

“Hey! Do you want to take my picture?!”  (Of course I did!) Gabriel and his friend were on lunch at the B&N in Bagdad.  He graciously (and humorously) shared his story of coming to America with his family and the motivation to learn a new language. “I was in middle school, I knew if I wanted to meet girls – I had to learn to speak English!”

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Duanne Puckettit was a fun lunch :)

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Cyndi Powell SkelliePrecious!

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Dixie Nutt TaylorHandsome.

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Tracey KircherLove it!

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Brenda Weber RussoNow that's motivation to learn something new!

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Crossing Paths is with Kyle Nichols and Elizabeth McKinley Nichols.

Kyle and Elizabeth have allowed us the privilege of watching their story unfold… and what a story – anticipation, worry, fatigue, anger, reconciliation, until finally what they consider “Pure Joy” – to fully embrace the gift of their daughter, Reese McClain Nichols. At the Tres Chic fund-raiser, they told their story to Shelbyville – not for praise, not for pity – but to share the joy they found along their path. Kyle and Elizabeth juggle many diagnoses, prognoses, test results, and medical jargon, but they know that in the eyes of God, Reese is whole and complete.
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Kyle and Elizabeth have allowed us the privilege of watching their story unfold… and what a story – anticipation, worry, fatigue, anger, reconciliation, until finally what they consider “Pure Joy” – to fully embrace the gift of their daughter, Reese McClain Nichols.  At the Tres Chic fund-raiser, they told their story to Shelbyville – not for praise, not for pity – but to share the joy they found along their path. Kyle and Elizabeth juggle many diagnoses, prognoses, test results, and medical jargon, but they know that in the eyes of God, Reese is whole and complete.

Lori Woody Willard, Joella Williams and 23 others like this

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Elizabeth McKinley NicholsThank you Cheryl Rankin Van Stockum

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Mandy DuBose SchmidtIs there anywhere we can hear this?

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Deborah Cubert FitzgeraldShe is a beautiful child and a blessing to all of us.

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Carolyn Thomas HelmsBeautifully written and true💕💕

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Cara Beth WebbLove conquers all. And they have proven this!!! 😘

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“Oh, he KNOWs what’s going!” He loves a parade” Hallie Carmen and "Cowboy" all ready for the Holiday Parade in downtown Shelbyville. ... See MoreSee Less

“Oh, he KNOWs what’s going!”  He loves a parade”  Hallie Carmen and Cowboy all ready for the Holiday Parade in downtown Shelbyville.

“Oh, he KNOWs what’s going!” He loves a parade” Hallie Carmen and "Cowboy" all ready for the Holiday Parade in downtown Shelbyville. ... See MoreSee Less

“Oh, he KNOWs what’s going!”  He loves a parade”  Hallie Carmen and Cowboy all ready for the Holiday Parade in downtown Shelbyville.

Crossing Paths is with Doug Butler.

His bio for the program read “After rave reviews of his performance in his 1968 high school play and much drama in between, Doug brings his limited talent to the SCCT stage." Call it his bucket list or New Years resolution, Doug Butler tried something new. He accepted the part of Mr. Welsh in Shelby County Community Theatre’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” He’s the first to tell you it was unsettling and often confusing - but quick to ad "Shaken but not disturbed, it was great fun!” Well done Doug - you stepped out of your comfort zone and onto the stage, and that’s a good, well, next step!
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His bio for the program read “After rave reviews of his performance in his 1968 high school play and much drama in between, Doug brings his limited talent to the SCCT stage. Call it his bucket list or New Years resolution, Doug Butler tried something new.  He accepted the part of Mr. Welsh in Shelby County Community Theatre’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” He’s the first to tell you it was unsettling and often confusing - but quick to ad Shaken but not disturbed, it was great fun!”   Well done Doug - you stepped out of your comfort zone and onto the stage, and that’s a good, well, next step!

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Margaret KammerdienerDoug, didn't know you had such talent!

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“You gotta dream. I mean, I don’t’ know where I would be if I didn’t dream” Professed Mark, a man I met in Waddy. His is story of profound loss, poverty, and estrangement that blooms into one of hope, reconciliation, and abundance. “I believe we’re all connected and there is a reason for everything” ... See MoreSee Less

“You gotta dream. I mean, I don’t’ know where I would be if I didn’t dream” Professed Mark, a man I met in Waddy.  His is story of profound loss, poverty, and estrangement that blooms into one of hope, reconciliation, and abundance.  “I believe we’re all connected and there is a reason for everything”

“I’m 86 years old” she volunteered. “Stay active! I don’t sit in front of no TV or computer. I just keep goin’ and doin’!” was Miss Ella Mae Crittendon’s response when asked to what she attributed her longevity. As I complimented her beautiful outfit, complete with jewelry and hat, she interrupted, “I used to worry about what people thought, now I just dress like I want.” Miss Ella Mae at the NAACP Hats Off to Women Luncheon. ... See MoreSee Less

“I’m 86 years old” she volunteered. “Stay active!  I don’t sit in front of no TV or computer.  I just keep goin’ and doin’!”  was Miss Ella Mae Crittendon’s response when asked to what she attributed her longevity.  As I complimented her beautiful outfit, complete with jewelry and hat, she interrupted, “I used to worry about what people thought, now I just dress like I want.”  Miss Ella Mae at the NAACP Hats Off to Women Luncheon.

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Cyndi Powell SkellieA lovely woman!

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Brenda Weber RussoFantastic

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Crossing Paths is with Beth Harrell RoBards.

"Riley....Riley! Come on Sweetie, Miss Cheryl wants to take our picture" "One more Daddy.....Mommy, watch!" And they did. JR and Beth Robards watched their beautiful little girl blow dandelion seeds across the fields of Red Orchard Park ... time after time. Yes, we did finish the session but, not until Mom, Dad, and the photographer spent a few minutes joining in the fun....
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Riley....Riley!  Come on Sweetie, Miss Cheryl wants to take our picture   One more Daddy.....Mommy, watch!  And they did.  JR and Beth Robards watched their beautiful little girl blow dandelion seeds across the fields of Red Orchard Park ... time after time.  Yes, we did finish the session but, not until Mom, Dad, and the photographer spent a few minutes joining in the fun....