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Greetings!  I have spent the cold and snowy February creating books and adding venues to the calendar.  Read on for details . . .

A Butterfly Journey
I recently created an encaustic-covered book as my submission to The Fairy Tale Project, an art event sponsored by The Piedmont Opera company. The exhibit was planned in conjunction with the production of Mozart's Magic Flute and asked school children to write original fairy tales.  

I spent a wonderful couple of days with my friend Ginny Moreland in Black Mountain, NC where I was reminded of the process of marbling. As with most artisitic endeavors time and experience are crucial to doing the thing well and I haven't marbled in almost 2 years!  Marbling is a lot like magic: one floats pigments on top of thickened water, creates a pattern in the pigments, and lays a sheet of paper down to pick up the results.  But weather conditions, quality of the pigments, technique, characterisitics of the paper - all of these will influence the final result, so one never knows exactly what the finished dried paper will look like.

Who writes anymore?  Don't we simply type brief messages into Facebook or Twitter, send IMs or emails, and text on the phone?  Who reads an actual book?  We have e-readers and i-Pads; we have devices for listening to podcasts and audio-books while we are driving or running or knitting.  Why hold a book when you can get 2 or 3 things accomplished simultaneously?

With the goal of starting my new website and its blog off well, I signed up for the self-study version of “Blog Triage” with Alyson Stanfield and Cynthia Morris.  The first assignment is to describe the people I want to visit and read my blog.  But please do not go running for the delete button if you, dear reader, do not believe you fit the following description!