Mother Nature apparently didn't get Punxsutawney Phil's message that Spring has arrived. The day before my trip we had 9" of snow in Boulder, and the two days I spent in Ohio with Sophie (filming 4 segments for Quilting Arts TV with Pokey Bolton) were also filled with lots of snowflakes.
Sunday night I had dinner with Kathy and Bob Price, and I got an update on what our eQuilter donations are doing to fund further relief efforts in the US and Guatemala. Mission of Love continues to ship medical supplies for the Guatemala City hospital, and building supplies for the children's hospice in TecPan.
Today my friend Mark Lipinski finally got his kidney transplant, donated by his friend and neighbor Mary Eichler. They both seem to have come through the surgery with flying colors, and are resting and recovering at the hospital tonight. What a miracle...and what a relief!
I have a stepbrother whose life was saved with a kidney transplant (good thing since he is the father of twin boys!) and another friend who is a long-time heart transplant recipient. Another friend's wife received a liver transplant and miraculously has her life back. So tonight I am just remembering and thanking those who have donated (including Mary!) so that others might live.
We had some sad news in the quilting world today: Pat Campbell (known for her Jacobean Applique) has left this world for the big quilting hoop, after being cared for by her husband John for many years. Pat was a well-loved quilt artist, teacher, fabric designer, and author; and she will be missed.
Sophie and I decided to stay on the East Coast the rest of this Spring Break week, after leaving our Quilting Arts and Mission of Love friends in Ohio. I lived in NYC for 6 years, and it has a special place in my heart. It is much more pleasant to be here now, compared to the 80's when I lived in the East Village.
There are still many business closed and many residents displaced because of Hurricane Sandy - even more so outside of the city. If you have a quilt you'd like to donate to someone in need, we'll make sure it is put into the hands of a hurricane victim very quickly. The quilt donations have slowed down but we are receiving more and more urgent requests from groups for comfort quilts. Many sincere thanks to all of you who have already sent in beautiful quilts for this hurricane relief effort, and many thanks to Timeless Treasures for their distribution work.
As Sophie and I walked the Avenues of New York today, the skyscrapers lit up from the Golden Hour at the end of the day. I saw many people on the street stop to admire the light on the skyline, and many who took a photo of the dramatic colors reflecting off glass and stone. It could have been a sunset on Maui, the way the people on the street responded. It was a reminder that we all find Beauty, no matter where we are, because Beauty feeds the Soul, and is stored in an inner archive of creative inspiration.
To recharge my creativity batteries, I "go to my happy place", one of which happens to be Manhattan!