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Dear Friends,

Another good week of painting in which the convention painting has progressed. As you can see I have added trees and flowers and worked on the fountain and the fence. At this stage I am happy with the way things are going.

Convention painting.
The convention painting progresses.

Between times I completed three other paintings and sent them on their way back to Jake. One is a girl scout scene that expresses the racial harmony that exists in the scout movement. (You will see a photo of it next week). On March 11th, I will be hosting another reception for the Scouts at the gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida.

This has been an in studio week except for Saturday evening when I celebrated the Chinese New Year (the year of the sheep) as a guest of the Chinese Association. It was a high honor because only two other foreigners, one of whom was Malcolm, were present amongst the one hundred or so Chinese residents of Bocas. The evening's celebration was conducted by the Consul General of the Republic of China, Jorge Shju, who was visiting with his wife and children. I had a very pleasant time talking with his daughter, a delightful girl of whom any parent would be most proud.

Pat and Tony at the temple.
With my neighbor, Tony Chin, in front of the Temple shrine.

On Thursday of this week, I will be returning to the Old Folks Home to help decorate the dining room and lounge. I am planning to paint palm trees and brightly colored birds and flowers onto the walls. I am looking forward to seeing the reaction of the residents. Whatever the result, it will be an improvement on the current drab decor.

Along with everyone here, my thoughts and prayers are with the crew of the shuttle Columbia and their families. This tragedy is not only felt by us Americans but also by the people of Panama. I have received many messages of sympathy from my Panamanian friends.

Until next week.

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