Friends involved with kites, some with Indian Circus, some with Manhattan Kansas connections, some from Korea and Hong Ik Arts University in Seoul where Pop's Endless Smile continues its life, beautifully cared and appreciated by the students and administration.
Romig is potting, has gotten several physical things worked on this year like eyesight, lungs...
Best of all she has been potting. Whether in Santa Fe or Verbank her work continues at great speed, with enormous creativity. She is a great potter.
I am in Paris. Still working as a foodstylist. Food photography has been a pretty volatile job in the past two or three years. Publishing, advertising and food photography have changed radically with the onset of the digital revolution. So am looking at the various paths opening/closing to me with this reality. I 've started a blog about what I do with food and "prop" styling : Cooking and Looking Paris ! it lacks a bit of direction but I'm learning a lot about the digital world and the possibilities in it. I hope Pop would be proud of that.
It is my intention to publish all of his writing, books that he had prepared for publication on the Indian Circus, Domina Jalbert...there is an enormous amount. and I want to bring The Philosophers Kite, The Art of the Japanese Kite and A Kite Journey Through India, all those into the digital age.
It's time to use ones inner creativity and to be open to new things/places/lives. Always the big question of how to find the courage or audacity to open new doors and close others.
This was us in Pop's eye at the Grand Canyon the winter before his stroke.
As many of you know that have seen me in the past few years, I've put on a a few more pounds. it is starting to go the other way now thank goodness. Thanks to the Pool and finding Contact Improvisation, the inner body is feeling better out here in the world.
David, my brother, once asked me whether that weight was kind of a protection or body armor and I think he might have a point. I used to joke about it and say "Am pregnant with myself !" So to continue with that idea, what a laborious process it is to birth oneself ! at 54 or 81...
Loosing Pop both four years ago and the subsequent years spent learning about his situation and how to offer him as much of a life as we could, all of that, was so difficult for Mom and I. But we are going on.
We thank each and everyone of you that has contributed in some way to our rebirth and offering new paths with your friendship. Our family has evolved into such a large one ! What a fine tribe !
We couldn't have done it without your help, kindnesses, love and the creativity that you share/shared with us throughout this period. "Next week : new hope !" That's an old Flash Gordon line...
Lissa and Romig