Life has been good but struggles abound. It has been a year since Granny died, and I just lost a friend and co-worker Claire Nevels. Claire was the 8th grade science teacher at my school. We have worked together for 5 years and she was a strong disciplinarian, a great teacher and a true friend to me. She died in her sleep, and was young. It was rough to go back to school to explain what happened to the kids.
Being a teacher is hard, especially when death happens to a school "family" member, but I love teaching. I do find it difficult to be a strong leader when faced with the loss of loved ones. The students were so sad when Claire (Ms. Nevels) died and they looked to me for answers that I did not have. As a control freak and bossy know-it-all, this did not settle well with me.
Time has passed and I have stopped crying and mourning, but my artwork has taken a back seat. I am o.k. with this. Art takes time to make and I am in a period of reflection, finally. I have managed to make some paintings. Here they are...
and they are hanging at Bari Ristorante e Enoteca