Monday, December 19, 2011

2011 Life in Review

I hope the year's end finds you healthy and happy. We were among the luckiest families on earth in 2011. We had a warm place to sleep and a job that paid the bills. Our son Max is taller and heavier than he was last year; all good news.

Relaxing on a field trip.
The happiest time - redecorating the house.

Max is thriving because Misa keeps him going every day. She makes a gourmet lunch for him, which is nearly too pretty to eat.

Misa also began teaching Zumba dance this year, after a long time of study. She puts a great deal of care into her preparation. Max and I are proud of her.

I often think about life as a series of choices. There are good and bad choices, like a light switch flipping on or off. Clearly that understanding is primitive and incomplete. More often success or failure depend on what we do after we make a big decision. I do feel lucky to have married Misa, but she makes that decision good by taking care of Max every day. Max got placed in a good elementary school, and now he has to study every day and keep up with his homework. One minute of decision is followed by years of execution. In the best sense of the word.

My days ran together. I got up early and worked at my desk downstairs. On most days, I got a few minutes to exercise by riding my bike along the beach.

The painting project continued. This year was devoted to painting waves, and I'm still floating in the Bay. The land will get more color, eventually. 

Many people requested posters this year. I was thrilled to send them out to places like Russia and India.

I apologize for the delay in getting them shipped - they are still working, and I hope to get caught up to all requests early in 2012. On the other hand, they're still free. I can't attend to new requests now, but I will offer the poster again when I get caught up. Also, I'd love to hire someone to fulfill the mailings; if you know of a company who'll do it for money, please email me. 

Recently all three of us watched one of my favorite movies of all time, Breaking Away. We'll need Dave Stoller's spirit of adventure in 2012, when major changes are coming for us. 

Let us know how you are, what you'd like to see on the blog, and your plans for 2012.


raymondjspencer said...

I am so very, very happy for you. You have a beautiful family and I can see how Max has grown just in the pictures you have posted over this past year. I hope you have time for your art. I draw everyday and use everything with colour theory and design. I love what I do and hope you find the same satisfaction. I enjoy your posts and are glad you are in my life although many miles away.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your blog and it was nice to see you, Misa, and Max.... What a lovely family. I also did not know you were sending posters out -- very cool! About time your talent was spread far and wide. It was great chatting with you recently and in case I don't get back online any time soon - HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you! I am looking forward to this new year, new opportunities - and it doesn't hurt that I was born in the Year of the Dragon...... love ya all and praying for you always!