It has been a rather difficult year, with many challenges, not the least of which is the loss of three dear and wonderful friends. Not since the AIDS epidemic hit California so many years ago, have I lost so many friends in such a narrow window of time. In September, my extraordinary friend, Terry Gates, passed unexpectedly. As a screenwriter, artist, photographer and author, he left an indelible stamp on me and many others, with his enormous talent and incredible persona.
His photographic work extended over a period of almost fifty years and much of his early work was for the purpose of presenting ideals for the characters in his screenplays, one of which elicited favorable comment from none other than Orson Welles.
His plane ride with Timothy Leary was a definite adventure, which few of us ever had the opportunity to share, and was just one of the many unique experiences that helped to shape his creativity. As I mentioned, he was/is an extraordinary friend and I miss him, terribly.
Physically, my mobility challenges have grown, but I am not complaining. I am, after all, a very fortunate person.
I wish everyone a very happy and joyful holiday and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous new year!
Monday, July 21, 2014
It has been a few months since my last post and, in this second-by-second world we live in, this is a travesty, for some. I do not believe that everyone wishes to know when I last ate at Siobhans on the Black Sea, my shopping habits in Paris, nor do they wish to know the progress of my day-to-day activities. Perhaps I am a dinosaur in this aspect of my personae? Perhaps. Most of my personal news would be mundane, such as activities related to autos, home, garden, workshop, and other areas of import in my life.
The most significant recent development in my life is the passing of my mentor and dear friend. For those of you who have a copy of my book, she is at the top of the list of those to whom I offered recognition. She was a remarkable woman and someone who altered the direction of my life, in a very positive manner. Without her influence, I am not so sure that even I would like me. The value of her gift is immeasurable.
My counsel to those who would listen: remember your teachers, mentors and guides - the ones who steered you in the right direction and reminded you to listen to your inner voice.