august 23, 2015

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“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are.”
~ Jim Morrison


everyone knows it's Wendy
everyone knows it’s Wendy


Wendy Bright’s name is right. All I see is light when I look at her. She’s one of the most positive people I’ve ever known; a breath of fresh air to be with. Currently living in Chicago, Wendy’s in town for a historical marker ceremony that will be placed at Ashland, home of legendary Statesman Henry Clay, where she was a docent for several years. It will commemorate Ashland’s relationship with the University of Kentucky. At one time UK’s campus, then known as Kentucky University and soon after as Kentucky A&M, was part of the Ashland estate. Around 1878, UK moved its operations to the old Fairgrounds where the main campus is today.


Henry's garden
Henry’s garden


Wendy wrote her thesis around the juxtaposition of Ashland as both home and museum as it was in later years when Clay’s grand-daughters had bought back the estate from John Bowman, founder of what would become the University of Kentucky. I always find Wendy’s visits illuminating. I learn so much from her.




Wendy is a good egg. She has wonderful ideas with deep interest in history, and not just here in lexington, but also in her adopted home of Chicago. She has a company called Wendy City. She offers a variety of tours around the Windy City; from The Worlds Fair (what’s left of it) including nods to the very popular book Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, to Retro Weird to Art Deco and Nightlife. She’s full of knowledge and she’s eager to share it. If you’re in Chicago, or visiting soon and looking for something cool to do, you should definitely find Wendy and let her light shine for you the way it shines for me. You will love her. I do. She’s one of the finest people I know.

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2 Responses

  1. Wendy

    Kopana, I realized I never thanked you for this. Lovely, humbling, you are so kind. I love your work – your photography and your words. Thank you, my friend. I treasure the memories of our times together.

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