Jimmy Martin takes a short break from loading wood in the lumberyard. Jimmy is the brother of the Town and Country Minute Mart's owner, Mike Martin. Jimmy told me he's broken every bone in his body except for his neck, saying most resulted from his time as an amateur bull rider and brawling in bar rooms. Jimmy works long days in the yard and maintains a farm during his off hours. His hands are vivid evidence of the relentless work ethic that permeates most of rural Kentucky.
I recently had the honor of documenting Kent Templien's remarkable resolve as he recovers from a spinal cord injury he sustained from an ATV accident. I continue to be humbled to have the privilege and opportunity to tell the stories of the people we serve at QLI in Omaha.
May those who cannot walk be granted the ability to soar.
About once every 5 years I take a 1/2 day trip to the zoo. While I do recognize the many benefits zoos provide for wildlife and preservation, I always come away feeling a bit down and guilty. Maybe I'm just projecting, but the primates and the cats seem to express a genuine restlessness and sadness...