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I want to thank all the wonderful people who braved the wet weather to visit me at The Barn this past weekend. I can't think of a better way to spend a rainy weekend than with a fine group of friends!

Please say a prayer for the Museum's gift shop manager Jo Cowherd. She had surgery last week and had to miss the Barn Show, something she never does! Jo rarely takes even a day off; she's a real trooper.

Ginny and Patty pitch in to help out the Museum in Jo's absence, shrinkwrapping the donation prints Red Cross Cats and We Care.

While I was away on the P. Buckley Moss Society's cruise to Hawaii, my granddaughter Chiara (Ginny's daughter) celebrated her eleventh birthday on October 1. Chiara shares my love of horses, and she celebrated her birthday with a horseback ride at the STARB Stables in Fishersville, Virginia, with her friends and her Aunt Patty.

On the Trail: Chiara's family and friends celebrate her birthday with a horseback ride.

I was most honored to be the guest speaker for the Roanoke Valley Reading Council's Fall Conference Monday evening in Roanoke, Virginia. The Reading Council is an affiliate of the Virginia State Reading Association and the International Reading Association and promotes literacy among teachers, students, parents, and communities in the Counties of Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, and Roanoke and the Cities of Roanoke and Salem.

I talked about the importance of learning to read and what we miss when we can't read. I shared my belief, based on my own life experience, that everyone has to learn at his own pace and not everyone learns in the same way. It takes me a long time to read a book, even at this age, but I love being able to. I love the doors that books and books on tape open for me, and I'm so thankful for my local libraries and their patience with me!

During the evening's festivities, the Reading Council kicked off a raffle for a framed Kindergarten Days, which was donated by the Society. The proceeds of the raffle will benefit children and parents at the Roanoke Rescue Mission's Women's Shelter by providing a monthly read aloud program and books for the children at the shelter. Each child at the shelter will receive a book during each monthly read aloud event. I haven't yet visited the Rescue Mission, but I've heard so many good things about it. I'm looking forward to having a chance to see it one day.

The P. Buckley Moss Museum and the Society are sponsoring a raffle to benefit a Waynesboro family, which is facing steep medical bills. A framed Palace Ride etching, valued at $3,000.00, is being raffled. Tickets are $5.00 each, or five tickets for $20.00. If you're interested in participating in this worthy cause (and maybe winning a framed etching), please contact the P. Buckley Moss Society at 540-943-5678. Checks for the tickets may be mailed to the P. Buckley Moss Society, 20 Stoneridge Dr., Suite 102, Waynesboro, VA 22980. The drawing will be held on December 12, 2005, the day after the December Barn Show.

Palace Ride, the etching by Pat and the prize for a special raffle being held by the P. Buckley Moss Society.

I'm very much looking forward to this coming weekend, when I'll be in Waynesville, Ohio, for a show with the Canada Goose Gallery. I've created a special print entitled Fall at the Clifton Mill to celebrate both the occasion and the season. Gallery owners Laura DeRamus and Kathy Heims have many fun things planned for this weekend, including a luncheon and a walk to benefit breast cancer support and research. I hope to see you there!

Fall at the Clifton Mill will be released this weekend at Canada Goose Gallery, Waynesville, OH. Call (513) 897-4348 or (877) LUV-MOSS for more information.


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