December 15 is an auspicious day for me!

Long ago, I arrived in Las Cruces. It was late in the night, and it was raining mud…people on the plane told me that this was an auspicious sign.

The moving truck arrived on Dec. 15, 2003 and I opened the doors of my new-construction home, up on the High Range, to the crew. I had Lucca with me, my divorce dog. I had slept the night before in a sleeping bag on the carpeted floor. I bought the bag and a little radio to keep me and Lucca company for the night.

Longer story short, today is Dec 15, 2018 and I am celebrating my 15th anniversary in the Rio Grande Valley.

15 years is a long time, the longest time I have ever lived anywhere! And as if on my personal life-force schedule, I have decided to move again. I will be selling my old adobe home and studio in Mesilla and moving to Denver Colorado.

I know, I know. But I’ve done my research and I think it’s gonna be just right for me. I am good for one more personal reinvention, but not with the idea of letting go of my art, but rather, embracing my art in an even more intentional and committed way. The community there is what this artist needs.

I will be listing the house soon, I just sold my press today and will be finishing up a final edition or two of fine art prints before they come and pick it up. I won’t need my own press there.

My garden? How can I leave my garden? Well my friends, this dilemma is what my friend Pam Hunt calls the Golden Handcuffs…in fact, broadly speaking, living in New Mexico is an even more alluring set of golden handcuffs. Hard to let go of with so many good things about it, and yet none of us can make a decent living in the arts.  I will be a member of a community garden in the area, there are many to choose from. My green thumb will continue to be happy in another sort of dirt, another sort of garden.

All for now, I just thought I would let you all know what a special day December 15 is. Warm regards.