Hi Everyone,

It’s been almost a year since a sent my first draft of “Bird” to my editor. I truly didn’t know where it would go or if readers would enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I, like other writers, took a leap of faith, and I’m so glad I did. I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people who love reading as much as I do. Now, a year later, so much has changed in the world. And it got me thinking, what would have happened to me if there were no Arts during this time, if there were no writers, painters, singers, musicians, or actors. I WOULD NOT HAVE SURVIVED. So THANK YOU to the artists who kept me sane during this Pandemic. I am so grateful to you each and every one of you. I do believe it has truly saved all of us this year.

As a teacher, I can count the number of times that administrators described the “Arts” as the “Fluffy Stuff” and that it was first to be cut from the budget. Well, I wonder how many people would have survived the last few months without that “Fluffy” Stuff.” The Arts reflect our culture, our history, our customs, our desires, our foibles. It’s society, good and bad. Art is not a thing, it’s a way. It’s not “Fluffy Stuff.” It’s the best of who we are. My take away for you today, don’t forget to support the Arts!

Take care and stay safe!