I have been out of commission for a little over two weeks now due to a nasty virus and believe me, it's been pity party central around my house. Besides this, there has been a death in our family and two hospitalizations, so it hasn't been exactly smooth sailing. I'd like to say that I've utilized the time well and have learned all sorts of good stuff, but that wouldn't be true. I am hoping that in retrospect, some valuable things begin to appear very soon and that someone shows up to give me some smiling lessons. In the meantime, here is a cheerful scene from a wonderful spot in between Petaluma and the coast and may it serve to lift all our spirits. Thanks for hanging in there with me and let's hope I bounce back with lots of great new work and inspirational stuff to say about it!