It has been awhile since I have posted in my blog. However, today is a milestone, a 55th birthday that marks a moment in fleeting time. While there is always the painful absence of my mom, today, I am feeling grateful. There has been a steady stream of celebrations and the beautiful turning of life cycles; a college graduation, an engagement party,, a wedding shower, a high school graduation, today my birthday and tomorrow another! To be surrounded by my wonderful children and husband who fill me with so much love and energy and life and to have a wonderful growing new family, a solid and supportive extended family with a baby on the way, incredible friends, and my dream job! So this pollyanna post, one that is unusual for me, marks this moment in time, when I can hold onto what I have rather on what is lost, where I can sit surrounded by family, rather than stand alone in reverie, looking out over a bench that looks out over the water. I try to recreate our journeys in my work, pasting cut out imagery of those who are missing within the context of places where I hold onto those memories. The work reminds me of what is constant and permanent and today, I can see that as clearly as the gapping silhouettes. Today, I feel blessed.