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.