Thank you!—thank you!—thank you!—for all the wonderful happy birthday e-mail messages, Facebook messages, and cards in the mail! I have been showered with love and well wishes, and I am very grateful to all my friends and family for remembering my birthday. My grandson Sean even sent me a card that belches “Happy Birthday toYou!” It’s a riot!
Celebrating my birthday a few days early at Bonefish Grill in St. Petersburg, FL, with friends Joyce Wilson, Mary Margaret Winning, and Rob and Carole Crisp.
The Moss Pelicans Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society threw me a joyous birthday party at my home on Sunday, complete with shocking pink, black, and white decorations, with “Another Fabulous Year” theme. Our friend Peter Coppola cooked dinner for everybody, and it was marvelous! Chapter President Bonnie-Lou Binnig wrote and read the most delightful and flattering poem dedicated to me—what a dear friend to create this lovely poem! I love words and wish I had command of them. The Chapter also gave me a gorgeous blooming desert rose, which I am so excited to have in my garden.
My beautiful dining room table, set so prettily for my birthday dinner.
Almost too pretty to eat—almost!
Moss Pelicans member Lily Alcott is a professional storyteller, and she portrayed “The Unsinkable” Molly Brown of Titanic fame for my birthday party. The rest of us got to be news reporters, interviewing Molly Brown about her experience that fateful night. She was very believable, and a few times I actually thought she had been there!
Moss Pelicans and friends took a tour of my studio and ended up on the balcony, which is off the studio. The two children in the picture are art students at John Hopkins Middle School in St. Pete.
I also went to the new glass exhibit at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, and it is outstanding. The exhibit is titled Studio and Contemporary Glass on Florida’s West Coast and will be open from May 19 to October 14, 2012. There are pieces on display from both private collections and studios in the area, and I highly recommend seeing it if you’re going to be in St. Pete while the display is open. I definitely fell in love with a few pieces. A special favorite was a glass crow that was about a foot and a half long.
On a sad note, I lost a beautiful nephew in the past week to cancer (cigarettes). He was so young and will be missed. To all my friends out there who smoke: STOP! My dad died the same way—how sad for all of us who are left behind.
Please join me in remembering our troops this Memorial Day, both past and present. So many of them are just kids who have given up childish things for experiences that most of us can barely comprehend. They make it possible for us to go about our daily lives and enjoy family cookouts and a day off on Memorial Day, but that day is really about honoring them and their sacrifices.
The origins of Memorial Day date to the War Between the States; and, after World War I, it grew to embrace soldiers who have served in all our wars.
Tattoo from the Past honors the cadets at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) who marched from their campus at Lexington, VA, to participate in the Battle of New Market, which took place on May 15, 1864.