Happy 2016! I am excited to tell you all this message comes from Dornoch, Scotland. The Highlands. I have been here a month. It is cold and dark. (only about 7 hours of light in a day} and it is surprising even to me that I am enjoying this new experience as much as I am. My life these days has been a long lesson in “mining for jewels”. I am discovering when I look for and concentrate on whatever is good and lovely, emerging from the raw materials of the moment – there is an awareness of my own creative voice. I am searching for the gems around me. My own creativity is excitedly jumping with anticipation. Anticipation for the next glimpse of some true thing. So I am painting…making some new friends. My eyes are growing accustomed to this dim light and these bright people. I’ll keep in touch. And I’ll be back before too long!