Happy New Year! After a lovely dinner with friends in St. Petersburg,
Florida, on New Year's Eve, I went back home to enjoy the celebration
in the park across the street from the privacy of the patio off my studio.
It was a lot of fun but very noisy. There was a band in addition to
the fireworks, and their speakers were facing my house.
I think St. Petersburg has one of the best First Night celebrations
in the country. Restaurants, museums, theaters, and shops all over town
get involved. People buy a trolley ticket, and the trolley takes them
to all the attractions.
I have really enjoyed the holidays this season. It was great to be
able to spend time with my family and have fun with my children and
grandchildren. One of my favorite things was having a cooking spree
with my son-in-law Corrado Gabellieri, my daughter Ginny's husband,
during Christmas. Corrado is Italian and a natural-born cook, in addition
to being the director of my Museum
in Waynesboro, Virginia. He makes the best homemade ravioli!
One of my Christmas joys was cooking with my son-in-law Corrado.
Another favorite memory from this Christmas was when my daughter Mary
and her children Sarah and Sean coaxed me into the hot tub out on the
deck. It was so cold, and I didn't want to go outside in my bathing
suit and freeze; but, how divine that warm water was! I didn't want
to get out of it.
(l. to r.) My granddaughter Sarah, grandson Sean, and daughter Mary
talked me into getting into the hot tub with them. I'm glad I did, although
I was reluctant at first.
I know it's January and October seems a long way off right now, but
it really isn't. It will be here before we know it, and with it will
come the P. Buckley
Moss Society's RiverBarge
trip on the Ohio River. I'm looking forward to being with friends
old and new on this trip and sharing the camaraderie that is inherent
with all Moss events. Some of the best friendships are forged on Society
trips, defying time and long distances with today's ability to keep
in touch via e-mail, the postal service, and phones. I hope you'll sign
up and join us for eight days of fall foliage, historic tours, and a
trip to the horse races at Keeneland Race Course. For more information
and to make reservations, please contact Judy Schick at Tidewater Travel,
LLC, at 804-725-1222, 1-866-804-4041; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am so grateful to our armed forces for making it possible for us
to enjoy our holidays in peace and to travel and have fun. As the War
on Terrorism enters its seventh year, I hear more and more stories about
people I know who have loved ones serving overseas to protect our freedoms.
I see on the news the horrors they endure for our sake, and I feel that
they deserve our utmost respect and support. Many of them return home
with post traumatic stress disorder, and their mental scars are just
as bad as the physical ones. Often, their mental health issues are misunderstood
and they don't receive the help and the support they need. My challenge
for 2008 is to do something to help our soldiers, whether active duty
or veterans. If each of us showed our support and gratitude to just
one soldier in some small way, it could make all the difference to them.
Let's do something for them for a change—they are putting their
lives and mental and physical health at risk for us.
I pray that this year will bring more peace and tolerance to the world.