February already!!

Posted by Sam Kaffine on

WOW - I have had the best February in my memory. I drove down to Santa Fe, NM, to my old stomping grounds, to visit friends, restock galleries, attend a Xocai launch, and visit my favorite thrift stores. (I know, but you have no idea how good thrifting can be until you go to high-income areas with great style.) I came home with 3 new venues for my work, two in Taos and one in Santa Fe, a couple of pounds of Xobiotic chocolate (healthy stuff for the guts, dont’cha know), MANY JJill cashmere sweaters which are new-to-me, and a renewed connection to some of my dearest friends on the planet. I wrote in my journal by the side of a beautiful river, sampled some excellent wines (thanks, Black Mesa!), ate sushi and New Mexican food, marvelled at the spare beauty of Los Alamos, Taos, Alburquerque and mostly just enjoyed Santa Fe.
I realized a few things. The first is that I am phenomenally lucky to have some of the nicest, coolest people I have ever met to love and care for me. Claire, Phil, Kathryn, Zoe, Ruth, Suzy, Steve, – I love you guys. You people my happy place.
The second is that I am not a Coloradan by heart, only by circumstance, and while there are few places as beautiful and wonderful as Colorado, at times I need a shot of funky, or my mojo begins to weaken. Apparently right-wing conservatism is my Kryptonite. Not that I mind it on a personal level – I have friends, and a husband, who are right-wing conservative – it’s just that, as an artist, I guess I need an occasional atmosphere of weirdness, of “artsy-fartsy” (as my husband terms it) of acceptance/approval for being different. So I return home, recharged, rebirthed, re-re-re-ready!! to follow my path, make the leaps of faith inherent to being a working artist, to learn and to grow and to create.
And on that note, I’m off! (in more ways than one!) to make some stuff. Happy February, and may your month bring you renewed energy, happy tummies and beautiful moments! Blessings, Sam

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