I've been thinking this week about the place I live. It's a place I don't necessarily want to be in, and it has a lot of drawbacks (terrible weather, way too crowded), but there are also a lot of positives that I am able to enjoy here that I wouldn't elsewhere. For me, these mostly have to do with arts and crafts. Last week, I spent 10 hours with my husband's aunt at one of the largest quilt festivals in the world. Amazing! Yesterday, I spent several hours at a large bead show and found some lovely purchases at much more affordable prices than in stores. I've been able to take iconography classes from a Greek-trained iconographer, been spoiled by frequent visits to our world-class art museums, taken book binding classes, enrolled in writing workshops with excellent, published writers, seen several other authors and writers speak. Of course, there's also a wide variety of restaurants, our super-beautiful Orthodox church and congregation, and a friendly neighborhood. So even though I might not choose to be here if given the choice, I appreciate the gifts that come with living here and try to remember to be open to them and to what God has brought my way.
++What do you like about where you live?
++By the way, it's nice to be back! I've missed all of you.
++ps - I hope to do a few giveaways in the upcoming month, perhaps even using some of those lovely beads, so check back!