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November 2010 Newsletter

Dear Friend:

You are not going to believe this but I woke up yesterday to a fairyland of white! Oh yes, we have had our first snow of the season!

Snowy Slope

Actually, I fooled you. This is picture from last year, but it is quite, quite true that there was a dusting of snow on Saturday morning. I was too busy to take photos and it melted very quickly.

The big excitement this month is the election. I was not born an American and like my sister who converted to Judaism and is now more Jewish than her Jewish husband, I sometimes wonder if I am more American than some who were born in this very fine land that I love. It is true that I have the privilege of having been in places far less fortunate, so I now know what I have.

This is how we came to America: My husband and I stopped at Dallas Airport en route to Los Angeles on a vacation trip. I looked up and there was a beautiful security guard checking in all the travelers. She had a tiny, tiny waist, a shining, shining badge, a flashy, flashy piece on either wide hip and a big, big cowboy hat perched on her bright gold ringlets. If she wasn't Marilyn Monroe, I was hallucinating! She just had to be a celebrity! I looked at my husband and said, " This place has style. We may just be here to stay!"

After I had settled, I discovered that America is so much more than the Hollywood that the rest of the world knows. There is the basic, wonderful agreement here, that a free people can govern themselves. There is the basic agreement that people have the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Most Americans believe that with a respect for human rights, and a respect for each other, and with economic liberty they are able to advance themselves, their family and the common good.

One thing, though, worries me about the elections. I am of the old school, for I believe in manners. I have made it a firm policy to vote for NO candidate that slings mud at their opponent. Sometimes it means disqualifying both major parties. I don't care. I would like to see all voters take this stand. Only then would this ugliness stop.

I want to see us keep America as an inspiration!

Thanksgiving is November 25th

Very soon Americans will take a holiday, to give thanks. But most may well give thanks, as they have in years gone by, by simply eating too much. We may want to contrast our lives today, even in bad times, with a time when the first settlers observed their first Thanksgiving. When they said thanks, it was for less food, less security, and less freedom than we have today

Gratitude is a liberating emotion. I believe that it brings with it understanding and charity. If you take the longer view, as I do in my writings, you may discover that that our world is a wonderful becoming. If you choose to look up and not to look down, you are going to see the silver lining.

Wine Country More Wine Country

Let us help you to create a festive dining area, where you and your friends can congregate to give your thanks.

Quote for the Month:

No one, I mean no one, diets on Thanksgiving!
What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when just no one diets.

I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? - Erma Bombeck

How can you find out when and where there is a Picture Lady Gallery? Go to www.picturelady.com/schedule.htm. The password is "art" (without the quotes).

New this month:
Jackets and Tops - each one a Work of Art!

The holidays are just around the corner. We offer a perfect gift in three sizes of Photo-to-Artwork - 22x28 at $175, 16x20 at $125.00 and 11x14 at $65.00.

Until next month!

Warm Regards,
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