grateful, and humbled.

"The walls of my home now convey how immeasurably proud I am of my daughters.  Beautiful.  Dancers.  Lovely.  Young ladies.  Kerri’s photos capture the unique and amazing personalities and talents of them.  To see my girls portrayed in a way that captures their inner beauty and their artistic gifts brings tears to my eyes.  Kerri is splendidly delightful to work with.  Her calm, gentle spirit and her swift, imaginative ideas are perfectly balanced to create an unforgettable experience.  And then, when the day is done and all the dancers have gone, I imagine Kerri’s mind racing with new and innovative ways to bring the photos to life.  Her unique products are sure to amaze and astonish.  I have received countless compliments on the metal print that hangs near my front door, with its superb quality and scalloped edges.  I consider her endless talents a gift and her dedication a blessing." - D.W.

staying afloat

lest it not be forgotten that before, during, and after the darkness there is light. friends have a way of sharing themselves which brightens the heart in the best manner. sarah with her floral hats and tea wallets, autumn with her homemade edwardian chapeaus (not shown, sorry) and her visit from washington, lauri with her never ending supply of newly knitted projects, and gifts from the land of sonoma county, friend b, whose personal touches and attention to detail are unmatched. the last is my own tiny trinket gift to the children of friend b. they all fill me up and keep me afloat, these friends, each in her own way. i am bursting with thanks.

the other side of sadness

I can't make the video link work, so this screen shot will have to do. Happy Birthday from my young friend on guitar. What I didn't have time to post before now, was the flipside of the tragedy of losing Terry - the outpouring of kindness. I lost track after 50 facebook posts and texts yet they still kept coming. Is there any better gift than friendship?

january 3

it's my birthday, but a tough day to feel joyful. by contrast, it is a dark day of sadness as i learned of the passing of my friend terry, who shared the same birth date. that i learned of her death on our birthday is shocking and difficult to grasp. terry was elusive and it was not uncommon to not hear from her for weeks on end. then she'd pop back in via our mutual mom's email loop and we'd carry on. fleeting in person, she was a prolific and expressive writer, gifted with the word. my word today is remembrance. you are missed by so many terry. we will carry you in our hearts.  terry was incredibly private and generally refused to have her pictures taken. i broke the rules on this one. thankful i did.