I am sending back two photos this week from Panama. The first was taken
outside of the Methodist Church on Sunday morning.
I attend the Catholic Church at seven on Sundays. Malcolm's service
at the Methodist Church on the other side of the road begins half an
hour later but runs on much longer than ours which is always over within
When I come out of church I go and join Malcolm, usually arriving in
time for the start of the sermon. This Sunday, the congregation posed
for a photo to send back to the Methodist church in Waynesboro, Virginia.
The Waynesboro Methodists have donated forty hymn books to replace the
aged and battered ones that were falling apart and missing many pages.
The second photo was taken last night at the Ultimo Refugio, my favorite
island restaurant. We were celebrating Labor Day.
On my right is Flavio, chef and co-owner along with his wife Pilar,
who is sitting next to Malcolm. On my left is Virginia Vasquez, who
for five years has taken care of our every need as if we were her parents.
On the far end is Rolando Robinson. Rolando, a master builder, has built
for us as if he were building for himself and looks after Malcolm's
boat as if it were his own. Without Virginia and Rolando, we would not
be here and I would not have this unique painting retreat.
Next week, I will show you what is going on in my studio.