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It is always nice to “go home”.  Am enjoying being back in Connecticut, at my sister’s house, sleeping in my “childhood” bed, getting together with friends I grew up with.  Also, the weather here is wonderful!  Cool enough at night to sleep under the duvet with the windows open.

My sister’s house is in a lovely setting.  Big trees, not pine, oak, beech, spruce, hemlock.  Big and lovely.  She also has a beautiful lawn and garden which has been invaded by Woodchucks.  She had to resort to calling a trapper who got 5 Woodchucks the first day.  It was sad seeing them being carted off in “have-a-heart” traps.  The trapper lacks any PR ability as he told us he will kill them!  He could have said he would release them in the “wild”.  Of course, that is the problem, “the wild” is fast dissappearing around us.  They were eating everything, so had to go, but it was depressing.  Now the traps have racoons!  we tried to let them out, but they hissed so badly, that we backed off.  She will call the trapper.  The deer are so cheeky, they walk by grazing while we sit in lawn chairs watching.  There are still woods around her home, but over the years homes have been built and the animals loose their habitat.

Friday, I’ll take the ferry to Long Island, Saturday the show.  Finger’s crossed that it goes well.  Thank you Tally, for all your help packing and for caring for the dogs while I am gone.  Talk about a good friend!    Bye for now,  Jessie

If there has ever been a case of a technological idiot you are hearing from her.  I managed to get the photos of Jessie and her loaded to the gills’ van onto the blog but couldn’t find any place to write, hence “Traveling Art Show 2.”   It was like patting my head and rubbing my stomach at the same time.  Where is Anna Franklin Smith when I need her? (Florida).

The pictures are to give you an idea of how much art work Jessie is taking to Bridgehampton.  She is on the road now “as we speak.”   We spent a day bubble-wrapping the paintings and then loaded them into the van yesterday and I must say I think we did a good job.  All of the paintings and their frames are well-protected and secure and she even had a tad of space for her clothes!   Imagine driving off with an art gallery in your car!  It really is a car full of beauty and color.    I walk through my house in the early morning hours and just seeing the paintings that I have makes me feel  happy.  I know the people of New York will want them all.  Again this show ,out of her generosity, will benefit of the children in Tanzania.   The show is scheduled for June 19th. 

In the meantime I am home with the 3 dogs, my James, and her Tally-Two or Tally Pendo as we call her now and Lisa.  

By the time she sends pictures of the show perhaps I will have figured out how to do photos and text at the same time.  Bear with me.  Tally



Three representatives from St. Andrew’s Church in Pinedale, Wyoming are now on their way  home from Msalato and Bishop Stanway Primary School   full of gratitude, tears and wonder.   They like Jessie and I have fallen under the magical power of love and friendship from the people who have so little to give and yet who share joyously what  they have.  Just to bring you up to speed on all of this, Jessie and I went to Wyoming right after Christmas 2008.   We have a mutual friend there and we had a two-fold mission.  One was to get me out of town following my last Sunday at Emmanuel (a rather emotional time for me), but the other reason was for us to show our Power Point presentation to two small churchs there.   St. Andrew’s is the larger of the two.  St. John the Baptist has only 9 members.  Both churches picked up the ball with the guidance and integrity and DETERMINATION of one Tom Davenport (our friend).  Those churches are sponsoring students (both at BSPS and Msalato Theological College) and they have gotten a sizable grant from a Foundation in the Diocese of Wyoming.  And now they have sent Patty and Phil and Leanne there to meet the people, and to assess what else they can do.  I cannot wait to hear what is next for Wyoming.   Let me direct you to Leanne’s blog:  Read for yourself the connection and the continuation of their good works in Tanzania.

And special thanks to Tom Davenport who may be a saint in rancher’s clothing.  He and the good people of Pinedale are working wonders.  If I had a hat I would tip it at them and say asante sana.

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