Friday, March 21, 2008
Greetings from Arizona!
Today we had a beautiful day at the show. It was quiet, and we feel we connected with a few people. I did begin my day finding a heads up penny on the way into Starbucks, so that was a good sign! We got to know the sculptor near us. One of the best things about shows is the fellow artists. We realized we knew many of the same artists across the country. It's a small world for us street artists!
He spoke quite openly about losing his wife 6 years ago to a rare from of cancer. His candor was touching as he spoke of how deeply this elevated his love for this woman. The three of us, strangers prior to today, shared some deep thoughts about love and loss and the power of the two. It was cathartic for all of us and we also touched on the power of gratitude.
An amazing power to tap into!
Gratitude helps us find the core of what we know to be important and when finding it, can put so many things in perspective.
At a time in my life when so many things feel out of my control, I found this comforting.
Tonight is a full moon. In Wisconsin I have a dear friend performing a Full Moon ceremony. She is sending her good energy our way amidst a snowfall outdoors. In Virginia I have a dear friend whom I've just met in the last year sending us her good energy and wishes. In Michigan, another sweet friend directing her love and energy for good karma and sales. In Oregon, another great friend doing the same. In Florida my dear brother and his wife sending us good fortune. We are blessed with good friends who have wrapped us in love and have sent us on our way to bring home some sales!
We can feel it! To all, thank you! We are connecting!
We are staying in a wonderful Latino area of Mesa Arizona. Last night Jon found an awesome little Mexican restuarant and struck up conversation with the owner. He was explaning how recent government has forced out some Latino business in the area and he went from 16 employees down to 6. There was a genuine connection as Jon shared our view of the world as artists in todays economy. Tonight we returned to this fine mans establishment where we were treated like friends. The only gringos there! He recognized Jon instantly and genuinly appreciated our business. This man serves wonderful food and we'll eat there again!
Around the corner from our hotel there's a huge Holy Week service going on every night in a city park. It began on Holy Thursday and seems to draw bigger crowds each night. This will culminate with Easter services and is a solid reminder of the strong religious connection these Hispanic and Latino people draw on. It's inspiring and grounding.
Todays photo is from the area near my booth (on the left) looking toward the end of the street and the big fountain. The fountain turns on at the top of each hour, runs for 15 minutes and sends water 350 feet high.