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Thursday, November 13, 2008

I'm Back!

Well, I've been gone almost a month! I never realized how much I would miss tending my on line store, my on line friends, and my torch! But I sure did manage to enjoy it anyway!
For those of you who don't know, I spent 3 days in Venice, Italy and then hopped on a ship and cruised for 17 days. We went to Rome, Sicily, Dubrovnik (Croatia), Spain, Portugal, Corfu, Cadiz, Madiera and Nassau. The cruise ended in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida...about a 5 hour drive from home. The ports of call were wonderful. We ventured out on our own and wound up walking, taking a train or a bus through the countries, and avoiding a lot of the tourist traps. There's just so much to tell you, but I'm going to do it in segments.
Fast forward to the ship....6 days trans Atlantic! There was an organized 5K walk for the Susan Komen foundation for breast cancer. I was really excited to be able to participate in the walk, for a cause I feel very strongly about. If you remember way back, my life cuff was inspired by the death of a dear friend....and she had breast cancer. So it's a bit of an understatement to say I'm a little emotional about it. I was able to complete the walk....and it was very cool to be walking the circumference of the ship...9 laps, with two long term survivors. What an inspiration they were!
Here's some pics:
Like I said before, it was a great experience but I'm glad to be home. Even though it means I'm doing 5 tons of laundry....who wore all those clothes anyway??? But I sought and found artists in every country we visited, and I came back inspired by what I saw and ready to go to work.
I'm preparing for a gallery show that opens Dec. 5th and right now, I'm feeling under the gun. But like everything else, it's just another challenge....and I'm up for it!
Till next time,

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