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Happy New Year! I was very content to spend New Year's Eve at my home in St. Petersburg, Florida, listening to the steel band in the park located between my house and Tampa Bay and watching the fireworks. There were two fireworks displays, one at 8:00 p.m. (for the children) and another at midnight. I could see and hear it all from my balcony. Even the boats came into the harbor and tooted their horns at midnight. Amidst all the excitement going on across the street, I managed to watch the ball drop in Times Square on TV.

St. Petersburg goes all-out on New Year's Eve. It's called First Night, and people can ride the trolleys for free and stop at all the different places to take in the live entertainment like musical performances and theater productions. I felt very privileged to have the entertainment practically come to me. Why go out when so much is going on right across the street? It was fun.

I've been working away in the short amount of time I've been here, and I'm excited to show you some of the new prints that will be coming out soon.

Pat has been creating a set of boy prints to join the set of girl prints released last year. Look for these pieces and more.

As I start a new year, I look forward to it with hope and eagerness. While there has been much tragedy and loss recently and so much negativity in the news, I feel blessed to know with certainty that there is just as much love, caring, and happiness out there. In my travels I have been so fortunate to meet the kindest people. For every person we hear about in the news who has gone astray, there is an equal number who have met life's challenges with faith and grace. These people are an inspiration to me.

One such person is a very old and dear friend who passed away the week after Christmas. Lester Borlo, who with his wife and family and business partner Peter Vatsures owned and ran the Gallery Art Center in Columbus, Ohio, will be very missed. What a wonderful human being! Lester always had a smile on his face and had a gift for making everyone he met feel comfortable. He didn't know a stranger. I'm very grateful that I had a chance to spend time with Lester and his family this past November when I was with them for their show. I'm taking this opportunity to say a special thanks to Lester for his fine example of a life well-lived and for all the wonderful memories he's left his family and many friends to cherish.

Lester Borlo, next to Pat at her show at Lester's gallery last year. We'll miss you sorely, good friend.

Live your life as you want to be remembered.


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