It was delightful being in Iowa again this past weekend
and seeing all my friends. Iowa has a very special place in my heart.
I remember the years of signing with Governor Branstad, both at the
Living History Farm and at the Governor’s Mansion, and the night
he said “hello” to everybody in Cedar Rapids. Such a friendly
part of the world—wonderful friends!
The P. Buckley Moss Society’s
Regional Chapter Training session was held in Davenport, Iowa, on Friday,
and it was a huge success. Lots of great ideas came from the workshops.
Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make it such a positive
event for everyone!
Pat got her hair cut on short notice by Nancy Ortega, daughter of
John and Sandy Ortega who helped Peggy Goodwin organize chapter training.
The speaker was Tracy Paxton, a teacher at Rivermont Collegiate
in Bettendorf, Iowa. She shared with us the project her class did to
express their feelings about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack.
The students created an American flag—each child in the school
made a red hand print to form the red stripes, and Tracy’s students
cut out the fifty stars by hand. The flag has traveled around the world
to Iraq, where it was well received by our soldiers there.
Guest speaker Tracy Paxton and the flag that she
created as a class project to express the students' feelings concerning
the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Friday night and all day Saturday I was delighted to be
with Les Siebke and his excellent staff at Woodland Gallery. It was
fun to talk to so many people and learn about their lives. We shared
the good and the bad and laughed a lot.
Pat visits with her collectors at Woodland Gallery, Davenport, Iowa.
Everyday I realize how blessed I am that my work makes
it possible for me to be with people who care for one another. My trip
to Iowa proved that feeling. From my emergency haircut Friday morning,
to Chapter Training, to the gallery show, to a group walk along the
Mississippi River Saturday morning, to the dinner cruise on the River
Saturday night, to breakfast Sunday morning with the gallery staff and
friends—I loved every minute of it because of the people who were
there. (I had to sleep all day Monday to catch up!)
Pat and a group of collectors took a morning walk along the Mississippi
River early Saturday morning.
This weekend I’ll be blessed again to be with wonderful
friends at my Collectors’
Convention in Roanoke, Virginia. I’m looking forward to seeing
many of you there!
Roanoke's Farmers Market will be released at the Roanoke Convention.