The photo on the right was taken a week ago at Otis Art Institute here in LA. We were honoring a dear friend, Annette Robyns Elson, whose paintings are partially visible behind us. Sadly, Annette is no longer with us in the flesh but she sure as hell was there without a doubt. She was one of the most talented, alive, joyful people I ever knew and I feel privileged to have known her. I think everyone who knew her felt that way and, needless to say, we all miss her. She left us in her 80's and, amazingly, the gallery where we gathered was bursting at the seams with many folk who were in their 80's and even 90's. And what's more....most of us had all or nearly all of their marbles and a few even were able to navigate without a cane or walker.
Maverick of a weird, but wonderful family. Have managed to stay alive for an astounding 86+ years kept alive by a passionate interest in many things and a sense of humor.
Have led 2 or 3 separate lives,the first 40 years as a starving artist, ceramist, and graphic designer. At age 40 a matchbook cover that said "Be A Computer Programmer" inspired me to go back to school and emerge as a binary fanatic. Loved my work, had a wonderful 20 year career as programmer and trouble shooter. At the same time I had the chance to meet, befriend and marry Jazz Cornetist Pete Daily,an idol of my youth, whom I had worshipped in my young life. Lost him to cancer after 11 wonderful (and sometimes awful) years. Retired in 1989 and had 20 years of fantastic travel adventures all over the world. Now I crochet afghans, tend my garden, my 3 cats, the neighborhood birds and squirrels, a flock of voracious hummingbirds and assorted wildlife like possums and raccoon families who come nightly to my Porch Buffet. A great life, and it ain't over yet !....(after all, I have just discovered Blogging....)