Last week Pat arrived back home looking quite alert after leaving
Italy nearly 24 hours earlier.
This photo is my electronic holiday greetings card for this year.
Malcolm took the photo on Saturday night at a pre-Christmas celebration
at Wintergreen Ski resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains above Waynesboro,
Virginia. It comes with love and best wishes from us all.
Chiara (with the dog) then counter clockwise around Pat, Pico,
Sarah, Kate and Sean.
We celebrated Christmas early because I will be in Panama on Christmas
Day. I fly to Panama City on Wednesday and on Thursday take the local
plane to Bocas del Toro. I will be returning to my island studio which,
with its peace and quiet, has become my main place of work.
On Christmas morning, Malcolm and I will be with our friend Virginia
Vasquez, visiting the home for the elderly, taking gifts of soap and
shampoo. Later we will join a team of ex-patriots delivering meals
to families known to be in particular need. It will not be a lonely
Randy receiving congratulations from Pat on his election as President
of the Foundation.
Among the many visitors to my barn studio in Waynesboro this weekend
were Randy and Ginny Myers. Two weeks ago, Randy completed a career
in education, retiring as Executive Director of Administrative Services
for Bellefontaine (Ohio) City Schools. His retirement coincided with
his election as the new president of The
P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education. Congratulations
Randy and thank you! As president of our Foundation, Randy will again
have a full-time job, the only difference is that this one is unpaid.
Thank you Ginny for supporting Randy in his acceptance of this responsibility.
Thank you Bob Almond, retiring president of the Foundation. Bob gave
us two years of outstanding leadership and would have served a second
term, were it not for promotion to a demanding new appointment and
a need to take care of an ailing parent. Bob will continue to serve
on our board.
In 1991, the Tokyo Metropolitan Musuem held a exhibit of 55 of
Pat's paintings and prints. The love of the Japanese for her work
continues. These ladies visited Pat this past weekend at the Barn.
I will write to you next from the sweltering heat of Panama. I will
probably be wishing I had never left this snow-covered Shenandoah