my friends and family know:
this fall has been very hard at work,
the hooligans very challenging
i have the best assistant in the universe,
work has been overwhelming.
so when this surprise,
beautifully wrapped in translucent paper,
came in the mail
i thought: this is it!
the beauty of this gift
has touched my heart. why?
this is essentially a government publication
julie johnson oversaw that the research presented inside
was honored by
her beautiful handmade paper
fine photos and writing and layout
it's bound with her own twined dogbane.
did she know how
it so touches the thoughts i'm exploring
about the honorable harvest.
a few walks help me get through the tough days.
some of the contact prints emerging from the
depths of the old enamel pot
yuko kimura and i agreed upon a trade
her tiny, exquisite sample book
i am in awe of this beautiful work
in the palm of my hand.
i am grateful to these amazing artists,
(lori, you, too!)
who add such grace to my life.