Beautiful little Sumina celebrated Shichi-Go-San this month. Upon reaching third and seventh birthdays, parents take their daughters to a shrine for a ceremony to chase bad spirits and welcome good health and good fortune (sons go at three and five). Sumina is the niece of my girlfriend Masami. Although I have not met Sumina, through Masami's photographs she grows up before my eyes.
Two months in my new office location and only today did I visit the ever-inspiring La Jolla Fiber Arts gallery. The quality of their hand-worked pieces are extraordinary. A new discovery for me was the work of Michael F. Rohde. Primarily a handwoven tapestry and wall rug artist, his newest work includes three-dimensional vessels.