It’s Friday, late afternoon: It’s quiet in the Smiley Building, and I love that feeling. A full year has passed since the beginning of the pandemic, and we’re coming back to some normalcy with the help of the vaccines. Classes started a couple of weeks ago. I’ve revised the website and will add an online shop. The last full year, we’ve managed just with the Members coming into the studio one at a time. I also had a serious knee injury last summer and was down for many months. It wasn’t a bad year to be injured since not much was happening anyway, but it still has been a long journey of recovery. I managed to keep the firings going with the help of the Members - looking back, it was a great excuse for seeing them.
Now it’s the blossom time again in Durango, and surprisingly, I feel a sense of renewal. I’m not going anywhere for a while: I’m not anxious to get out. There is so much to do here, and I’m excited to begin again.