One of my most satisfying pursuits now is creating art, specifically hand-painting or illustrating wooden boxes, marble tiles and glass vases.  My art is drawn from places I know or existing art I’ve come to love : streets in New York City, the rural scenery in upstate New York or the restrained and haunting landscapes in Japanese silk paintings. You can see these at

I’m about to start painting on throw pillows.

I’m very grateful to have my art as an outlet, but my point here is to look inward to whatever it is that’s appealing and let it lead you to try new endeavors.  The new pursuits will likely be educational in nature and, hopefully, challenge you to learn new skills and, perhaps, even make new friends.