Just a short post to wish all of you Happy Holidays and thank you all for being part of my life this year. I’m looking forward to next year and keeping my fingers crossed and my prayer flags flying for the whole country. Hopefully the economy will begin to come back, we’ll start bringing our troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq, and that all of us will get some form of public and affordable health care. I am optimistic that this will happen but need all of you to be aware of what needs changing and to be an active part of that change. We are the force behind this country and we need to get much more creative about our ways of solving problems. The old politicians in a back room with cigars, pat on the back, closed door type of policy making should be left in the past. (Can you hear me President Obama?) Our elected leaders should answer to us…not to the insurance companies or to the drug companies. Think of the money we would have to take care of our poor and homeless if we weren’t spending such disgusting amounts on war. The troops would come home, have health care, get jobs and go on with their lives. I support that. Ok…my rant is over now on to other things.
Here are Ron and I and Cody in a photo together. This is a rare occasion. To get this shot our neighbor and friend Sara Draeger took many many shots, most where one of the three of us was moving. And it’s true, we haven’t stood still at all this year. Ron is working on art and driving school bus, I’m working on shows (you can still catch The Darkside Show at the Attic Gallery until January third), teaching at The Dalles Art Center (check out the last post for January class), and teaching a Magical Realism Class in April in Mexico (there is still room in the class for you to sign up). We are also working around the property getting it ready for winter. Ron has done a great job on our new pump house which is now finished until spring. It actually looks better than our cabin. We should move into it. We have wood, our animals, and a giant Costco food supply for survival, although most of the neighbors here think the winter won’t be too hard. I also will be starting my creativity coaching in January. Please pass the word on to friends that may feel a need for this type of coaching. I think I’m pretty good at it. Word of mouth is the best form of advertising. So have as little stress as you can during the rest of the year…life is short. Spend time with the people you love and don’t waste time on guilt and anger. In Cody’s words, “Wag more, bark less!” Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.