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I have been in the company of older women lately, my mother and another older friend of the family who has adopted me as a companion. My friend recently was diagnosed with cancer and is being admitted into hospice.
In my visits with her I have been listening to the many stories she has of our older local community. It is so sad that someone so full of the essence of what was must leave us. With them, the color of the past disappears, leaving only a few random official accounts.

 She was witness to so many lives in an exciting time with her association with her husband’s family medical practice. Colorful stories that fade and pass away with each loss of the participants. Until only a faint memory if any remains.
We all bare witness to our times and to the people in our lives. Without our paints and paintings who will remember? Countless stories all fade to oblivion with the passing of our elders and our peers.
Don’t be afraid to break out the paints and cherish those moments of lovely color, each memory a composition on the fabric of time.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • I can’t decide I if want to say Oh I am so sorry for the loss of a friend or if I want to say what a blessing you must be to your friend.
      Either way they both apply and of course it will be you that will continue to paint for the futures......



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      Paula Bertucci wrote Apr 3, 2009
    • I’m a cancer survivor..6 years now..and your right...get out those paints...leave your mark...and feel blessed for knowing such amazing souls...angels here on earth..who will watch over us when they leave this place. When I was much younger I always enjoyed the stories of people much older than me...they have lived through so much and have so much to share.
      I send you prayers for your loss..a hard thing to go through indeed....and the painting is just lovely..I too have been painting sunflowers lately..they are so uplifting!!

      warm blessing,
      Paula



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      Carson wrote May 3, 2009
    • Vikki,it is a blessing to me, strangely enough my older siblings used to hang out with this person knowing her children.  I wish I had, but I was younger than them.



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      Carson wrote May 3, 2009
    • thank you Paula,  Blessings to you also. I must confess, I do paint but the composition in my post is actually a photo I edited to a impressionistic style.
      Story tellers are the are the architects and caretakers of our world, they hold forth for observation the beauty,tragedy, and sense of community of our world.



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