"The true beloveds of this world are in their lover's eyes lilacs opening, ship lights, school bells, a landscape, remembered conversations, friends, a child's Sunday, lost voices, one's favorite suit, autumn and all seasons, memory, yes, it being the earth and water of existence, memory." ~ Truman Capote
September strolls in, a peaceful visitor. Summer is slowly winding down along the shaded green lanes of the mountains. Indeed, it's a time for memory: goldenrod spikes and apple trees with lush red fruit, the apple trees of childhood bloom on. This month, my friends James Blanton and Gary Corn of historic Mill Farm Inn hosted a benefit for me to raise funds for eye surgery, again; with bottles of wine labeled with one of my paintings (these are still available at Joni's Wine Shop 176 E. Main Street Saluda, NC). A long story, but the saga continues, and as ever, friends and supporters keep me going in this world. I realize we're not alone, that many good people are here. Over the past year, I've called all the art I've created, both painting and sculpture, 'art from a different point of view', both metaphorically and literally. Symbolism is big in my life: and nothing happens without reason. I remain grateful. With no health insurance yet, it's a tough road for artists like me. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Life goes on, and we just need to take a different point of view sometimes.
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