December 31, 2011 – The way we see the future is up to us. Why does a rose bush have so many thorns? Or how can a thorn bush grow such beautiful roses? Come what may in life from its varying vicissitudes and challenges, we can both blossom as roses and attract admirers by the aroma of our faith and attitude or we can become well-placed thorns that make holding any kind of an experience with any of us too painful for others to handle. I am thankful for all the wonderful roses that have blossomed in the world since I’ve known you in 2011. Your fragrance, aroma and splendor of color even during the most trying of times has thrilled and inspired ardent aesthetic seekers the world over. We’re never truly alone when we lend a piece of ourselves to the larger love collective. Wishing you the very best of health, prosperity and peace in 2012. Thank you for your presence, faith, fireside chats, and your willingness to unselfishly share your experiences, comfort and concern with others.