Another year, and a time to take stock of what has been accomplished and what to plan next.
This year-end, it's obvious I didn't keep my promise to add regularly to my website. Not that I didn't have lots to add. I simply find little joy sitting in front of a computer screen. So, publishing new posts became an ever diminishing priority for me ... Until one day, out of the blue, an inquiry drops into my inbox from someone from South Africa who stumbled across what I had once written or drawn, and I find my website has potential to enlighten or inspire after all!
In 2023, we traveled (South America and Japan), engaged people representing diverse history and priorities, joined loved ones to confront health and life issues, have been touched by scenes witnessed and some sketched, and have been reminded of my debt to the spiritual core around which my life (sometimes as on solid rock and sometimes as on jello) has been built.
So, sharing this visual metaphor, let us dive into a new year with a Christmas gift to my brother-in-law who served aboard the USS Remey. Here I'm practicing a drawing technique from a Japanese master Hokusai who specialized in "the wave". I wish you all a Happy 2024!