This month's issue has apreview of the encaustic vesselsI have been creating. I'm very excited to be traveling down this new path - taking a break from painting images for a few months - but excited too, to be working on the curation of the 4th annual show honoring dogs and cats, coming again this year at the Portland 5' Centers for the Performing Arts. This year's show will take place over two months in the fall and is titled, "Tails and Tales" a multi-faceted show of wall art, the written word, and performance. Watch for details. I've written anarticle about the 10th anniversary of having died and resuscitated after 45 minutes of CPR - this wasn't so easy - thinking back and putting words to my feelings. There are wonderful images of thetribute a woman named Cristy has in her home or forty of the rescue dogs she has loved and cared for, and a touching film about a rescue dog named Tripod. The dim of winter gets a hand on our deck -some ideas about stretching out the holidays. Some news - I'm now co-facilitating cardio-rehab support groups at the hospital where I was so fortunate to be returned to life ten years ago this month, andI'm teaching a classon the creation of sacred spaces and making encaustic objects with artist Linda Robertson. Welcome to a new decade and January. It is still that time of year to consider spending an evening with some winter ghost stories. Click here to explore links to poems, films, music, and videos that are all best experienced with a friend, the lights out, and frost on the windows. Tha tump, tha tump, tha tump...is that how you spell the sound of the heart? Hope everyone's year has started kind and gently.Continue here for more information about me.