Happy Christmas!

Happy holidays, dear friends!!!

Persimmon Christmas

The card I made for my grandpa

I’m doing something I’ve never done before: I’m taking a voluntary week-long vacation from the blog, so I can be fully present in enjoying my family and friends during the holidays. It has been a wonderful year on the blog, and I am so grateful to all of you who read and offer me your support and encouragement on a regular basis. I think of you as my friends as much as any of the ones I see in person, and in fact, I probably count on you more to get me through each day! So I thank you deeply for that — I put my hands together at my heart center and bow to each of you. May this next week find you warm and full of joy and peace.

I’ll leave you with two things. The first is the best painting I’ve made to date, which I finished last night and will give to a friend next week.

Inner strength mandala

Inner strength mandala

The second is Playing for Change‘s version of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

Imaginevid

Click to watch the video

Playing for Change travels the world bringing people together through music, and providing much-needed resources to musicians and their communities. Their videos inspire me constantly.

I’ve heard a cynic describe “Imagine” as “maudlin,” but I’ve always loved it, and with musicians playing it together from across the world, the message sounds so possible, I cried when I watched the video. I hope it’ll lift your heart too.

I love you. See you soon. πŸ™‚