After far too many delays, I am delighted to tell you that one (or more) of your pieces of art have been included in my upcoming book, The Geography of Loss: Embrace What Is, Honor What Was, Love What Will Be.
Congratulations! My publishing team recently provided me with their list of selections and I wanted to let you know ASAP since I know you’ve waited a long time to hear.
I am overwhelmed, as always, by the contributions of readers like you. The art submitted was stellar and, as with my other books, it was a difficult decision for the publisher to make their final selections. I’m so pleased you’re included in that group!
Again, many thanks for your contribution.
I hope this electronic attempt at gratitude reaches you and conveys even an inkling of how much this email made my day. Heck my month! I’m sure all the artwork and messages blur together after a while but my two pieces were ones my mom made in art therapy before she died while she was struggling with dementia. The stories behind both are an inspiring testament to her awareness of her situation, she most wanted other caretakers and loved ones to know, “We’re still here, we’re still us…”
Her art in your books will share that message in a huge way—she would be over the moon! I am over the moon on her behalf, and I keep saying out loud, Mom, your paintings are going to be published. In a book!
Patti, you’ve touched my life with your books since the day you personally answered my Tweet and helped me get personalized signed copies as gifts. Verb Tribe and Project137 are ways I’ve experienced community, writing, and creativity in empowering and life affirming ways. Thanksgiving is the perfect timing to say thank you. For your books, your wisdom, your heart and soul, for walking your talk. Thank you. Truly. Madly. Deeply.
Happiness and bright blessings to you and your family. And of course, big vugs! ♥ (virtual hugs)
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I treasure that I am a naturally thankful person…I thank God, The Universe, Dada, Jonny every day for something or another. Recently, it’s become cool for one to document gratitude in a list or a scrap class in, of course, November. So as a nod to the effort…some pictures. I am grateful. But, this is just a few from October. *grin*
…the seasonal tree at the Milton Public Library…
…our backyard at the cabin this year…
…Panera for dinner with My Boys after a long magazine-read at Barnes + Noble…
…I am Super-Grammy!
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…for the first time. *grin* While it is unlikely that Darling Husband, Jim, is a career graduate per our Honore, September 30th marked the end of his 31+ year career with Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. It also marked the last day of his radiation treatment! The entire day was (positively) surreal for all involved. What Jim knew: plans were set for Josh + I to come up and “retrieve the package” at 1p…no more State auto…and The Women Jim works with wanted to have an Open House with cake, etc. for all to say their goodbyes. What Jim didn’t know: Josh + I arrived at noon with our own cake…Kate and The Littles met us in the parking lot. Good call. He was so pleased…and those kids certainly eased Jim’s Saying Goodbye anxieties. To commemorate his last trip to Dover…a true thorn in his side that last 2-3 years…I nagged Jim to take a photo of his car on the morning of the 30th. So glad I did…this is a scrapbook page waiting to happen.
…one last time up-the-road to DNREC…
Leaving Dover, Number One Son and I also accompanied our guy to his final radiation treatment. As the doc said, if any cancer cells remained post-surgery, we have kicked ‘em while they were down! This is the kind of graduation I wish for anyone in the situation!
…a different kind of freedom…
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Me. Crescent Beach. Bliss.
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My dear friend Kathy (same great name but not my blogging OurTriVista sista) surprised me with this thank you gift. I love it! She is an artist extraordinaire writes, paints, weaves, decorates…you get the picture. ‘Life as art’ is SO Kathy! I admired this basket at a recent local Gallery show she had and now it’s nestled on my bedroom floor holding books. Thanks Kath—your art always inspires me!
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…arm, that is. Our Sweet Girl is a casualty of the Monkey Bar Menace. Picture Trapp Pond State Park…the grill just about ready for the hot dogs…a quick trip to the playground. Now, picture Mamma, Grammy and Samantha leaving the boys and Sofie behind for another quick trip…to Nanticoke Memorial in Seaford. Ultimately, Sweet Girl required surgery to fix that elbow for the future…yet another trip up I95 to A.I. DuPont…finally in a room at 1:30a on Sunday morning. Surgery and recovery by 10:30a…on the road for the best trip…home…by 3p. Samantha’s been one strong, little woman. Doing what needs to be done. It became funny to see the nods of recognition each time a staffer asked what happened…hence, the Monkey Bar Menace name. One intern swore that orthopedists invented/fund monkey bar makers to safeguard their jobs. Cute.
Tiny, little person in a giant hospital bed…with one bad-____ cast. Yes, it’s rainbow hues. That’s all.
Look what I found on the way to the cafeteria! Thank you, Universe.
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Last week, Kathy and I spent the day in St. Michael’s , MD. We have a plan to meet-up on a quarterly basis and spend the day, catching up with one another. We missed our spring tete a tete and just barely made the summer deadline. But we did! We met at the St. Michael’s branch library – but of course – and while I waited for her, I sat outside in the reading garden. Luckily, I was able to capture this butterfly who was having a love affair with these flowers:
We have this wonderful tradition of taking a picture of one another taking a picture of one another; this is my photo of Kathy getting a picture of me:
And we had a grand time, talking and talking and talking…and for lunch fairly good Maryland crab-cakes… topped off with delicious hand-dipped ice cream cones. Just the right ending to a perfect day’ See you in October, friend!
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