It is hard to believe that it has been over a year since I have posted on this blog. 2016 has been a good year. It was back to school for me in January and I had a load of classes since I had been on sabbatical during the fall semester. Linda and I had two art exhibits this year showing new work. In February we had a show called “Journeys”at the Bea Paine Gallery in downtown Bluefield West Virginia. In October we had a show called “From Here to There” at the Ellen von Dehsen Elmes Gallery on the Southwest Virginia Community College campus in Richlands Virginia. We did not do a lot of traveling this year although we did go to Wash D.C. for a few days to pick up some Chinese guests who would be visiting Bluefield College for a month. I also got to go on a last minute trip during the summer to Yosemite National Park with my friend Joe Kirby. We just had a wonderful week with Forrest and Laura who were able to come home for Christmas from Malawi. We all went to the Biltmore House for a one day visit for a treat. We had not seen them in over a year and yesterday we took them to the airport to fly to Dublin, Ireland to spend 10 days with her family. Yesterday Michael drove to Virginia Beach to see Chrissy for Christmas so Linda and I are in a new phase of our lives, no children home for Christmas day. We opened our presents on Dec. 18th.