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2014 In Review

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2014 In Review It seemed from all of this that uppermost among human joys is the negative one of restoration: not going to the stars, but learning that one may stay where one is. — Peter de Vries, The Blood of the Lamb Hello everyone, here we are again, at the end of the year. It’s 80° F in San Diego today and I’m dreaming of Hawaii. I can’t go, but I can get a little scent of the islands from this newly-released song by Keali’i Reichel: Max and Misa This was the year Max surpassed Misa in height, though he’s still ten years old. He likes being taller than Mom. He will be equally pleased when he’s taller than I am, which may happen soon. Max did good work in his English and Japanese schools this year. He volunteered for Safety Patrol and kept the crosswalk secure.  Misa got back to her dance classes after recovering from injuries, but only as a student, for now.  Painting Work continued on my long picture. This year I worked on downtown San Francisc

2013 In Review

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I always knew I would have to rewrite my life. I just didn’t know how soon I would have to begin doing it. I’ve only finished the first chapter of my novel, but lack of fame resulting from it is already a great concern.  —Kendall Hailey, The Day I Became an Autodidact, and the Advice, Adventures, and Acrimonies that Befell Me Thereafter    2013 was our first full year in Carmel Valley. Hot air balloons flew overhead, and we shared fruit with little friends on the ground.  We have been welcomed by many neighbors, and got together as often as we could. Almost everyone is a parent here, so their schedules are full. Painting Full size Many of you asked about my painting, how it's coming along. I have been working on the same project for several years, a picture of the San Francisco Bay. The most difficult parts of the picture—and perhaps the most interesting to work on—are the water and the sky. I wanted to color these areas