I spent most of the week in CT trying to help my 94 year old dad clean out files in preparation for a permanent move to Florida. The best part of the 3 days was working with my sister and laughing at all the ridiculous things we were finding. I have so many friends who have been in the exact same spot. It was interesting to see how little the ephemera inspired; we tossed mountains of old things which seemed to lose their appeal by virtue of the shear number. It was interesting to muse about how the files of our lives will be less about paper and more about finding the correct passcodes! (Except for all of my journals and hand-made books. I suppose I should just be giving them all away as soon as I create them!) Upon returning to Denver and my studio I have been frantically preparing for my upcoming class tomorrow (Healing Pages) as well as my retreat in Crested Butte next week. After the retreat I will be teaching 2 workshops during the CB Art Festival and one will be on book-making. Below are my class examples using the long stitch and the simple portfolio stitch. I can't wait to get to those beautiful Crested Butte mountains and slow down, breathe deep and stand up straight!