Summer tally

It’s been a jam-packed summer.


I was featured on the FUSEDChicago Facebook page.


I saw my friends MyHealthBeet and ConnectedTissue wear their lovely new pendants out and about.


A purple coral set was snapped up by a friend the moment I instagrammed it.


I was pampered by Noktivo and promptly ruined the manicures (pedicures last, though).


I sported one particular collar particularly often this month.


My tribute to Rosalind Franklin flew off to a birthday reveler.


The order of Old Melody diminished my supply of musical pendants, prompting me to refresh that batch.


My passport is renewed for overseas travels.


I inventoried what resides at Dragonfly Boutique and what is at the Collage Cafe and what (of 460 made and counting) is uploaded online.


New pieces were added to Etsy and more will be uploaded soon.


Art Show applications were submitted.


The Ravensood Art Walk gave away my location before I knew I was in!


I was treasuried a few times on Etsy.


A friend gifted me with her old tools.


I am celebrating life!


Business Librarians are awesome!

This month the ladies of the Network of Entrepreneurial Women visited the Schaumburg Public Library for a wonderful presentation of business resources.


We gathered in one of the large meeting rooms, which are available for organizations and business use by reservation. There are also smaller discussion rooms accommodating 5 to 8 people for small business meetings.


The Schaumburg Public Library is the second largest library in the state, after the Harold Washington Library and the Chicago Public Library’s 81 satellites.


Business Liaison Librarian Patricia Smolin had selected a few fun titles for us to peruse. She is very engaged in networking to keep a pulse on what small business owners and local entrepreneurs need as resources to enhance their business.

books pulled

She began her presentation by assigning each of the attendees a Dewey Decimal system category, including 700s for The Arts, 332 for Financial economics, 300 for social sciences, 921s for biographies, 610s for Medicine and health, and 005 for Computer science and information.


Our focus that day was on the 650s, however, pertaining to business resources.


Patricia oversees library resources and programming for Personal Finance & Investing, Jobs & Career and Small Business. She guided us through several resources the Schaumburg Public Library has available to patrons, including: Business Articles and Research, Business Directories, Company Research, Market Research, Industry Surveys and Small Business.


In addition to walking us through the online databases, Patricia also recommended 3 print titles that would be of use to business owners. “I put a lot of value in print,” she said. “What is online may be faster, but it might not be better.” Her recommended print resources include: the American Salaries and Wages Survey for salaries by position (updated every 2 years); Redbook, an annual publication on advertising media, and Best Customers, which offers demographics on consumer demand and generational categories.


As we toured the various sections of the library I encountered a blast from the past with my former employer’s business resource poster on prominent display. I still have the Almanacs I contributed to almost 2 decades ago.


Patrons have access to all databases and resources on-site when they visit the library. By connecting your laptop to the library’s wi-fi, you can access the databases SPL is subscribed to. The library has a large computer assistance center that loans out laptops and offers classes.


Those holding a Schaumburg Library card as their home library can also remotely access the resources their tax payers pay for. Library visitors with a library membership in good standing can check out books as a reciprocal borrower but must return them to the Schaumburg library. Alternatively, they can ask for the check-out through interlibrary loan with their home library.


Businesses with a local establishment in Schaumburg are able to apply for a business library card. Home libraries we represented included: Elmhurst, Evanston, Hyde Park, Indian Trails, Saint Charles and Wheaton. Patricia stressed that patrons should bring up a resource they need with their home library. Librarians are actively looking for ways to serve the community, and making your needs known is the best way to do so.


She stressed however, that librarians can only direct you to resources, but not provide legal, personal, or medical advice (all have been asked of her!). Patricia does rely heavily on her network of professionals to refer any concerns patrons have to such professionals.


The library includes a large teen room with their own section of meeting rooms in which no adults are allowed. The teen room also has a green room with a digital production studio that is open to local businesses by reservation.


Children over 8 can be unaccompanied in the KidsZone. This area is monitored and adults without children cannot roam freely in that section.


The library also hosts book discussions through the fiction department. It also has a vast selection of CDs, DVDs, sheet music and other media.


There was a plethora of international resources in all areas, since the library actively engages with the international community. The library hosts English as a Second Language assistance and citizenship classes that are always full.


I am eager to cross-reference SPL’s resources with what my local library has to offer, and know that the Skokie Public Library also has a treasure trove of resources. Harold Washington’s business section is vast as well. Go find out what your library has to offer!

Language section

Photos courtesy


NEW – The Network of Entrepreneurial Women is a group of Chicagoland business women who are upgrading business networking with fun and creative events that inspire attendees to work together, refer each other and most of all cheer each other on as the membership succeeds. Events rotate around various suburbs on a semimonthly basis, usually the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Thursday of the month. RSVP for our upcoming events at Meetup, or like us on Facebook and check up on the calendar there.


Edges Show Opening

Encaustic art has grabbed my heart since I first learned about it through Suze Weinberg.


I now preside over the group that inspired me so in the beginning, and love attending exhibits by my friends.

Kelly Mathews, Kathy Blankley Roman, Denise Marych,
Amanda Jolley, Catherine Keebler, Laura LaRue,
Dan Addington and Kari Hall

Morpho Gallery has hosted an encaustic show for four years, and this year’s Edges exhibit is the best one to date.

Morpho Gallery Edges Exhibit

There is such a variety of work, and truly edgy ideas and techniques are on display.


It was lovely to peruse the art with fellow FUSEDChicago members and see 11 represented.


There was a variety of textures to examine.

Cate Cormack, Linda Hertelendy-Wein, Margaret Berry,
tephanie Green, Elizabeth Schowachert, Amy Finder,
Nicole Prigan, Carol Hamilton

This particular blue hue is mesmerizing.

Susan Dickman, Stephanie Green, Gina Stanley

I enjoyed the company on ‘my’ wall.

Naomi Hart, Wendy Shapiro, Alex Wilhite,
Maike’s Marvels, Stephanie Green, Gina Stanley,
Joan Moriarty, Susan Dickman, Karl Kaiser,
Dyan McClimon-Miller, Karen Tichy

My pieces were well received, especially since I decided to hang them on edge.

Triangles and Angles by Maike’s Marvels

I like Alex Wilhite’s textures.


Book covers in wax might not be practical, but do combine two of my loves.

Through a Glass Darkly by Dan Addington

Dan Breslin’s dimensional work certainly has an edge to it!


I had seen Pat Lagger’s pieces during Sarah Krepp’s critique and love how she keeps expanding on her theme.

Melissa Lackman, Pat Lagger and Carol Hamilton

Kelly Mathews’ eye was part of that critique as well.


The textures achieved are always mesmerizing.

Cindy Lesperance

Karl Kaiser has tremendous patience.


The Edges show is up through Labor Day weekend, so check out the posted hours or book an appointment with Morpho Gallery.

Melissa Lackman, Pat Lagger, Carol Hamilton,
Alex Wilhite and Robin Miller

Thank you Kathleen Waterloo and Kathy Blankley Roman for jurying such a fabulous show!


Where the River Shannon Flows pendants

I got some studio time in recently and decided to add more musical pendants to my inventory (they keep selling out).


I’ve just about used up the Irish Rose music sheet I received from a friend.  The song is really called: Where the River Shannon Flows.


There’s a pretty spot in Ireland
I always claim for my land
Where the fairies and the blarney will never, never die

It’s the land of the shillalah
My heart goes back there daily
To the girl I left behind me when we kissed and said goodbye

I cut some steel wire and hammered it out.


CHORUS:   Where dear old Shannon’s flowing
Where the three-leaved shamrock’s grows
Where my heart is I am going to my little Irish rose

And the moment that I meet her
With a hug and kiss I’ll greet her
For there’s not a colleen sweeter where the River Shannon flows.


Then I sized and bent the steel around words  I wanted to highlight. This (sold) heart moved around a bit.


I cut the paper with an allowance.

cutting and sizing

Waxing the paper came next.


Then I adhered the waxed paper to the bent wire.


Trimming the pendant came next, along with an extra round of encaustic medium to keep it all together.


It’s nice to realize the three pendants I made from this sheet before have all sold. The round hug is up on Etsy now.


You’ll see the final four appear on Etsy in September and at local pop-up shows.


Sure no letter I’ll be mailing
For soon will I be sailing
And I’ll bless the ship that takes me to my dear old Erin’s shore

There I’ll settle down forever
I’ll leave the old sod never
And I’ll whisper to my sweetheart “Come and take my name Asthore.”


I Googled the snippets of lyrics and found the full song on YouTube:

The making of my Edges submission

This summer has been so busy that a deadline on my calendar snuck op on me. I only had one day before submissions were due for Edges, Morpho Gallery’s fourth annual encaustic show. I was part of Wax(‘N)Blue two years ago and always love the way this annual show comes together.


I decided to continue the wire experimentation I had started with Encounters with Language and Communicating Love. With limited time, and knowing Morpho Gallery is a good venue for small works, I used two 5 x 5 inch cradled boards to start my work.


I had already started a layer of medium so I heated that up and evened out the medium layer.

3_Fusing Medium

I cut out the strips of piano scroll I wanted to use for these ‘edgy ‘pieces. Our prospectus stated: “Artists are invited to interpret the theme of Edges. The word “edge” has many meanings. It can be a noun: the thin sharp side of a blade, a brink, place where two surfaces meet, a line or border where a surface terminates – or it can be a verb: to sharpen, to move sideways, to advance cautiously – to name a few. The exhibit is open to artists in the U.S. who work in the encaustic medium.”


I decided to use a chocolate brown for the background color. It took a few layers for it to get the depth I wanted, and I could have added a few more if I hadn’t been pressed for time.


Then I waxed the scroll and layered that on the piece. With more time I would have re-adhered these layers too as it was a bit bubbly, but pressed for time I evened the paper out as well as I could.


Kathleen Waterloo and Kathy Blankley Roman jurored all three prior encaustic shows at Morpho: Hot Wax in the City, Wax(N)Blue and Unbound(ed). Kathy Blankley Roman is an award winning abstract painter. She has studied encaustic with Jenny Learner and Shawna Moore. Her acrylic and encaustic works have been exhibited nationally and internationally online. She has a lot of earth tones in her work and also uses a lot of mixed media, including vintage paper.


I decided to play with masking tape a bit to give my shapes a bit more edge, potentially channeling Kathleen’s work a bit.


Kathleen Waterloo received her BFA in 1996 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Her work is represented in Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington DC, and Portland, and has been exhibited nationally and worldwide. Kathleen uses vibrant colors and geometric shapes in her work. After the masking tape came off I adjusted the lines with a razor and a dentists’ tool.


Then it came time to add the wire.


Morpho Gallery “prides itself in seeking talented artists who are on the cusp of being discovered by the mainstream art community.  We invite local artists to exhibit their work in a creative and non-competitive atmosphere where artistic experimentation and development are encouraged. By creating a blank palette inside the gallery, we offer infinite possibilities for an array of colors, textures and media to come together. Morpho Gallery also offers leasing packages at affordable rates to groups and individuals who wish to stage their own shows.”

It took a bit of hammering and re-bending to get the wire to lay the way I wanted to.


Et voila, two new encaustic pieces were ready for submission.


Pushing the deadline does make for instant gratification. I am thrilled to be accepted into the show, along with FUSEDChicago members Carol Hamilton, Catherine Keebler, Cindy Lesperance, Dan Addington, Joan Moriarty, Karen Tichy, Kari Hall, Kelly Mathews, Laura LaRue, Linda Wein and Pat Lagger. The show also includes Alex Wilhite, Amanda Jolly, Amy Finder, Cate Cormack, Daniel Breslin, Denise Minkler, Danielle Miller, Gina Stanley, Elizabeth Schowachert, Karl Kaiser, Margaret Berry, Melissa Lackman, Naomi Hart, Nicole Prigan, Robin Miller, Robin Tripaldi, Stephanie Green, Susan Dickman, and Wendy Shapiro..


The opening reception of Edges – 4th Annual Encaustic Exhibition is on August 7 from 6 to 10 pm at Morpho Gallery, 5216 N. Damen, Chicago, IL 60625. The show runs through September 6th, 2015.

Michigan Studio Visits

On the last Sunday of June Ahavani Mullen and I took a road trip to Michigan to launch our first FUSEDChicago Studio tours. Carol Myers drove us over to Kalamazoo for Cat Crotchett’s studio tour.


Former president and FUSEDChicago founder Shelley Gilchrist met us there and we were awed by the spaciousness of her studio in the historic building.


Cat Crotchett heard about our organization through a screen printing workshop with Jeff Hirst.


Cat studied art history and painting at the University of Illinois and obtained a master of fine arts in painting with a specialization in printmaking from Bowling Green State University.


She is preparing for a solo show— “Surfacing” — from October 15 to November 13 in the Richmond Center for the Visual Arts, Netzorg and Kerr Gallery at Western Michigan University; Kalamazoo, MI
The opening reception is Wednesday, October 9, 5-7:30pm.


As a professor of art at Western Michigan University, Cat has access to a woodworking shop. She designed her substrates in done Illustrator and had them custom laser-cut for her progressive wall installation.


Each substrate has slight modifications to it to represent the appropriation and manipulation of cultural designs over time.


Cat’s works incorporate batik techniques and she has a vast collection of batik tjaps.


Cat traveled to Indonesia to learn batik dying, and hosted an Indonesian batik workshop from which she still has wax.


We discussed the variety of inks used as dispersion pigments.


Cat dyes her paper and then works with encaustic, but it is also possible to experiment with pigments in medium, which creates more of a wash.


Inks mentioned throughout our trip include Kama Pigments, Pro Chemical & Dye, and Createx Pure Pigment.


Examining the tools was such fun.


So many colors!


Both Cat and Carol also work with Pan Pastels to add dimension to their art work.


Cat emphasized the importance of functional storage and found an industrial shelving company in Grand Rapids that allowed her to design her space.


Her studio building has a First Friday art hop at which the public can peruse the art spaces.


We could have stayed longer but there was another space to explore, so on to Carol Myers’ art cottage we drove.


Carol Myers remodeled her Watervliet-based studio cottage in 2012 and started living there full time in 2013. Originally from Baltimore, she worked as a registered nurse in Indianapolis and lived there for 37 years.


She eventually earned a BFA in printmaking. After suffering a loss, having the studio saved her.


Encausticamp became a breakthrough in realizing that every person has a story of pain and healing. “You can be cured and not healed, and you can be healed and not cured,” Carol said.


Considering herself a mixed media artist, Carol works with fiber, charcoal, paint, encaustic, collage materials and a host of other mediums that intrigue her.


Her collection of tools and gadgets and mementos reflect a variety of interests and influences.


She layers her charcoal drawings under encaustic monotypes for a lovely effect.


It was fun to see the contrast of her go-to colors vs. Cat’s arrangement.


Carol’s work is featured as best in show in the Summer issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly.


We were in awe of her hot-box setup.


Sometimes she draws directly onto her encaustic monotypes, which requires appropriate hand gear to avoid burns. She uses a stabilo all-surface pencil to draw in the hot wax.


Carol’s vision is to host art work shops in her cottage, with the option of an overnight stay.


There is a labyrinth on the grounds, and a water feature to relax by.


I wished I had brought my pajamas!

Admiring Tools

We left inspired by all the lovely tools, techniques and creativity exhibited in these studios. I’m eager to clean up mine and start experimenting!


FUSEDChicago’s next studio tour will be in the Fall.


A body positivity photo shoot

It seems that body advocacy has become more prevalent over the past few years, or maybe I just follow like-minded people who agree that photoshopped imagery in magazines is an impossible standard to uphold. But instead of sharing and liking these links on social media, I was called to do something more substantial about it in June.


Inspired by this blog post about normal-size women posing as Victoria’s Secret swimsuit models, Malik of Hip Circle Studio posted the following invitation:


Within the week, she had scheduled a formal event invite that called us to wear our favorite bathing suit and show up at the beach.


I tried on a few the night before and realized that it had been a while that I’d been bathing suit shopping. Comfortable me gravitated toward the tankinis, but I decided to do the scary thing and put on the two-piece that fit. At the beach, I saw photographer Kerry Ben-Joseph checking the light.


Soon my friends from Bellydance and Moxie Boxing classes appeared. A few new-to-me ladies also  came to the shoot. We were asked to line up and strike poses.

Kerramel Studios

photo by Kerramel Studios

The power pose:

Kerramel Studios

photo by Kerramel Studios

The jumping pose:

Kerramel Studios

photo by Kerramel Studios

The chatting pose:

Kerramel Studios

photo by Kerramel Studios

We were also asked to pose individually. Initially I wasn’t going to, but then it seemed everyone was game, so I played along. The hardest part was not contracting my belly the whole time. I feel like I could have posed better, but the photo is posted on Malik’s insightful recap blog post so you can see it there.

Kerramel Studios

photo by Kerramel Studios

I didn’t see ‘models’ like me in the media growing up, so if this shoot is enabling one teenage girl to accept herself as she is, rather than looking at air-brushed and ‘skinnified’ images of women she will never look like, then the mission of this shoot is accomplished.


Malik hopes to make this at least an annual event, and I am all for it. We need more initiatives like this to showcase that everyone is beautiful just as nature created you. It was fun in spite of the initial awkwardness!

Kerramel Studios

photo by Kerramel Studios

Pop-up Fun at Geneva’s Swedish Days

Summer is in full swing and life has been picking up with outdoor activities for leisure and for selling. My last Saturday in June was spent in Geneva for a Swedish Days pop-up.


It was the first nice day after almost a week of Thunderstorms, so foot traffic was heavy even as I started setting up at 9 am. Peaceful Parlour generously hosted a sidewalk spot for me, and I got to test out my new jewelry bag for the first time.


Third street was blocked so games could be played and bands could be viewed. Wafts of various food booths gave the day the obligatory outdoor fair scent. One vendor brought by popcorn and a lovely helper made an ice cream run for me.


I was neighbor to Totes with a Twist, the creators of purses, bags and carrying cases made from recycled sails, which caught many a fair-goers’ attention.


Angel card reader Betsy had a captive audience, including a white butterfly fluttering around most of the day.


Business was brisk in Peaceful Parlour itself, and a few of the statues walked away while I was there.


It was fun watching the toys move around as various children stopped to play.


Shari did a spirit card reading during the afternoon.

Shari Reading

I sold a few pendants (one of which I never photographed, whoops) and my birthstone bangle might garner some custom orders over time.


Geneva knows how to throw a party. I passed a carnival on my way to Peaceful Parlour, and when I took a peek on the way back to my car it was in full swing.


Since I had to be in Michigan the next day, I opted out of lingering for a ride and fair food, but I think I’ll make Swedish Days a weekend outing next year. I am intrigued by the Viking Ship and the Swedish Vaest.


My planned July and August pop-ups ran into a hiccup, so browse Etsy until my next in-person event.


Practitioners’ Perspectives on Wellness and Self-care

“We strive to give people permission to treat themselves,
women in particular.”

~ Margaret Olson

There’s a lovely healing place in Evanston that offers a variety of relaxation and meditation options. Continuing the spirit of self-care, the Network of Entrepreneurial Women was given a lovely overview of the Heartwood Center in mid-June.


We gathered in one of the large meeting rooms to get to know nine of the health practitioners in the space, and I am eager to book a ‘spa day’ at the Heartwood as a summer break. The major theme of the discussion that taking time for healing and therapy is not a luxury, but a necessity. Everyone should take time for massage, acupuncture, life coaching and other wellness needs in order to be more balanced and healthy in life.


The Heartwood Center, located on 1818 Dempster Street in Evanston, is a holistic wellness community currently counting 40 practitioners in its circle. The center rents out treatment rooms for Acupuncture, Chiropracty, Hypnotherapy, Life & Health Coaching, Massage Therapy, Naturopathy, Personal Training, Physical Therapy, Psychotherapy, and Spiritual Direction. Practitioners can sublet rooms, offering a fabulous start-up opportunity for those seeking to expand their practice without having to provide in-home services.

“I wish that everyone knew that they deserve wellness therapy.”
~ Rebecca Sturgeon

Oncology massage therapist Rebecca Sturgeon provided a Manual Lymphatic Drainage demonstration by which each of us can clear our seasonal allergies simply by gently massaging the skin around our neck. This gentle technique also offers assistance with migraines, fatigue and a general sense of heaviness. Rebecca incorporates this healing method into her massage practice. While her focus is on clients going through or recovering from cancer, she also tends to reach a clientele of “Stressed out women over 40.”


Melissa Sanchez is a dance therapist offering individual and group classes. Her emerging specialty is addiction treatment as well as working with the formerly incarcerated. An active proponent of mental health services, Melissa’s dance therapy assists those with codependence, trauma or PTSD to express themselves through creative movement. Her sessions can look like dance parties, or be more introspective meditative movements. In the near future Melissa hopes to offer a self-care for healers workshop, focusing on those whose profession involves assisting others.


Kathy Kessenich views herself as a facilitator of creating an awareness of what is going on in the body. “Many people feel uncomfortable in their own skin” she said, and her massage practice strives to reduce blood pressure, increase endorphins, relax muscles and increase the blood flow.  Her focus is on Swedish massage that provides relaxation and stress relief, but she also practices deep tissue massage for chronic muscular issues. She also works as a wellness facilitator, assisting clients in in making simple changes in health choices and product uses.

“It is not a luxury to have a massage,
it is actually taking care of yourself.”
~ Kathy Kessenich

Ixchel Mulberger is a licensed massage therapist and acupuncturist certified in oriental medicine. She spent a decade learning and perfecting her skills until she felt comfortable making a shift to establishing her own practice last year. Her acupuncture focuses on pain management, but she also seeks to educate clients about preventive care so they come to her before chronic problems arise.

“A lot of what we do sounds airy-fairy,
but it is something that is meaningful and deep and helpful.”
~ Ixchel Mulberger

Margaret Olson practices Manual Lymphatic Drainage and offers abdominal work in her massage therapy sessions (with permission). She is trained in oriental medicine and combines her work with muscles and joints with energetic meridians. She works with athletes, clients recovering from surgery and those with autoimmune diseases. Since joining the Heartwood Center, Margaret has expanded her own practice of mindfulness, which she blogged about in a 2-part series.


Marsha Smith is a psychotherapist who started with the Heartwood Center 8 years ago when it was located in downtown Evanston. She seeks to help people trying to become unblocked and trying to find their own sense of direction. Her focus is on helping adults of all ages with a variety of issues, and also ensure they stay healthy when dealing with life changing health issues.


Marsha said that one man who came to her felt queasy thinking about getting therapy, but later stated that he discovered “learning to be able to take his own side of things” through the sessions. Marsha partnered with Margaret on witing about integrating mindfulness and massage, and she seeks to partner with the other therapists at the Heartwood to create a holistic plan for her clients.

“People want to be understood and develop their natural abilities
to work through problems and find solutions.”
~ Marsha Smith

Yvonne Mitchell incorporates a modular approach to offer spiritual and life coaching. Through vision boarding, hypnotherapy, personality assessments and passion testing, she helps clients develop their passion in life whether mid-career or through retirement. She also helps people who are terminally ill to develop a joy strategy and develop completion activities to work around the pain and also engage in activities they deferred. Her practice comes from the loss of her husband and her own grief process and the activities she completed with him.

“I am grateful to be in this community
of practitioners and quality providers

and look forward to accessing these services for myself.”
~ Marsha Smith

We sipped on delicious tea and coffee sponsored by Alphay and sampled My Health Beet’s delicious chocolate truffles.


The Heartwood also offers event space, including the lovely Skylight room fit for banquets and dancing, as well as a conference room in which we met where one could host speakers, panel discussions, or other events. Upstairs there is a lovely classroom associated with the Tsogyaling Meditation Center, that also hosts wellness classes such as Yoga and Tai Chi. Gong Therapy is also offered.


NEW – The Network of Entrepreneurial Women is a group of Chicagoland business women who are upgrading business networking with fun and creative events that inspire attendees to work together, refer each other and most of all cheer each other on as the membership succeeds. Events rotate around various suburbs on a semimonthly basis, usually the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Thursday of the month. RSVP for our upcoming events at Meetup, or like us on Facebook and check up on the calendar there.

People photos courtesy


Summer Daze

I have a few blog posts in my head, but sitting down to write them is a challenge these days. I am drawn outside on the warmer days and thrilled to spot the butterflies fluttering about.


I’ve explored a variety of events and enjoyed taking in all the inspiration and creativity. Business projects keep me engaged and occupied, making days fly by.


Nutrition is top of mind as I explore more vitamin-rich meals.


Summer novels keep my brain from churning too much in the evenings.


I love how warmer weather draws out color and scent and music.


I don’t know how June flew by so quickly, but I am grateful for all the activity, the comradery, and the challenges June brought with it.


It is good to be alive and well and see the magic of fireflies.


Sunshine and warmth call for little pleasures.


Monarchs are threatened, but I see them fluttering about, which gives me hope.


I wish you the most fabulous of summers, filled with much joy and contentment. Happy Independence Day!


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