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It's been beautiful in Florida. I've been working, of course, but I've also taken the time to go walking with my "Streetwalker" friends. I hadn't walked in awhile, and pushing the pace has left me aching from top to bottom. I've been taking Advil, but it's a good kind of hurt.

Wednesday morning, I was interviewed on Studio 10, a local morning news program, about Finn Gallery's and my fundraising event for Special Kids Dance & Performing Arts, which was to be held the following evening at the gallery. The mission of Special Kids Dance & Performing Arts is to give children with special needs the same opportunities as other children in the areas of art, dance, and music. I was delighted to find out that my friend and neighbor Chef Mike from Moon Under Water was doing the cooking segment on the show.

On the set with my friend and neighbor Chef Mike of Moon Under Water. The cameraman in the foreground collects my work.

Thursday, I gave a talk at Eastlake Woodlands Country Club for about 200 members of the Palm Harbor New-Comers' Club, followed by the fundraiser for Special Kids Dance & Performing Arts at the Gallery Thursday evening. Friday evening, the gallery held a similar event to raise funds for Dunedin High School Choral. The gallery also held a holiday-themed show Saturday and Sunday, and I was there to meet new friends and, of course, old friends.

Some of the 200 members of the Palm Harbor New-Comers' Club at Eastlake Woodlands Country Club last Thursday. It was my first turkey dinner of the season.

Members of Dunedin High School Choral outside the Finn Gallery. They have a great director and such beautiful voices!

It was wonderful seeing my friends Carol and Morrie! They're down at Weeki Wachee Springs for the winter, and Morrie has promised to fix my doorbell.

While all this was happening, Corrado Gabellieri, Director of my Museum in Waynesboro, Virginia, and curator Bonnie Stump were getting ready for the Museum's special new exhibit, "Moss in Miniature". This exhibit will be the first to feature my smaller paintings. I'll get a preview Thanksgiving weekend, and everyone is cordially invited to attend the opening reception at the Museum on Thursday, December 2, at 6:00 p.m. All friends and neighbors are welcome!

L. to R.: Lily Dreams, Water's Edge, and an untitled still life with flowers are among the miniatures that will be featured in the exhibit. These three are a few of Bonnie and Corrado's favorites. Lily Dreams and Water's Edge will also available as giclées on paper.

I'm also looking forward to our December 3-5 Museum Open House and Barn Show. My daughter Ginny will be in charge of the decorations on the Christmas tree at The Barn, and the ornaments this year will be extra special. The students of Ladd Elementary School in Waynesboro, grades Pre-K through 5, have made the ornaments for this year's tree! We're going to have a special tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 4, at 10:15 a.m. for the students, their parents, their teachers, and anyone else who would like to be there. It's going to be such fun!

Winter Bliss, featuring a chickadee, will be released at my December 3-5 Museum Open House and Barn Show. For more information, please contact the Museum at 1-800-343-8643 or 540-949-6473.

After Sunday's show at the Finn Gallery, I hosted the November meeting of the Moss Pelicans Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society at my house. Our special guests were Dr. Sandra Patterson and Debra Jackson, department chairs with the St. Petersburg, Florida, public school system. The Chapter sponsored their participation in the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education's Annual Creative Minds Conference last month. They shared what they had learned and said their trip to Waynesboro and the Creative Minds Conference was "the most wonderful experience in their teaching careers." Neither of them had seen mountains before, and they said how much they appreciated seeing them and the beautiful Valley. They had some extra time and took the opportunity to visit Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, too. The Chapter conducted a raffle for an original watercolor I donated, and the proceeds were used to send Sandra and Debra to the Creative Minds Conference. The two of them got to draw the winning ticket during the meeting, and Linda Russell of New Mexico was the lucky winner.

L. to R.: Dr. Sandra Patterson; me; Bonnie-Lou Binnig, President of the Moss Pelicans Chapter; and Debra Jackson. The Moss Pelicans Chapter sponsored Sandra's and Debra's participation in the Foundation's Creative Minds Conference last month. Debra is holding the framed original watercolor I donated for the Chapter to raffle to raise funds to send them to the conference. The lucky winner of the raffle was Linda Russell of New Mexico.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!



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