|Jon & Claes, Brazil 2011|
|Christopher, Gare du Nord,|
Paris, Sept. 2012
Also, I'm putting together the documents I need to apply for promotion to full professor at Cal State LA. This is a grueling, time consuming process - like preparing a thesis or term paper. Fortunately, the deadline is Jan. 9, 2013, so it will be over soon.
So, the sum total of all those things, plus my normal manic work schedule at school and tight funds (no raise since 2008; another reason to go for Full Professor: it comes with a bump in salary!)has kept me close to home.
I spent Christmas eve in the home of my beloved friend Magdalena Alvear Galt, sister of Cecilia. Their sister Rocio was down from San Luis Obisbo, as well as all their extended families. At the dinner table, you could hear Danish, Spanish, French and English - folks were visiting from many quarters of the planet. It was a beautiful, heart-felt evening. If you can't be with your blood family, (whom I love like life itself) you couldn't do much better than being with your 'chosen' family, where I have been welcomed and embraced for many years.
So, that's a long explanation for why you may not have heard from me this holiday season, but please, please, please assume that I am thinking about you, I hope to hear from you, and I will work harder to get in touch with you during this coming year.
I wish you the merriest of Christmases and a joy filled new year. May 2013 find us surrounded by love, sharing good food and drink, and reveling in abundant laughter.