There was a break in the rain and I went to pay my regards to Bufano’s “Praying Penguins” next to Lake Merced, and this ol’ boy stepped out from behind them with a little song sparrow in his hand. He gave me a message and then disappeared: “Tell Oliver I am on my way…”

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Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2015.

As the year winds down… this seems an appropriate thought… from Richard Bach’s epic poem. Happy Holidays!

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Quote by Richard Bach from “Jonathan Livingston Seagull,” reads as follows: “Overcome space, and all we have left is HERE. Overcome time, and all we have left is NOW.” Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2015.

Sally showed up over the weekend looking for my Italian sidekick, who luckily was out of town with friends. She figured that in Italy there must not be any lizards because he kept calling members of Lucky’s posse salamanders. “Well, I hear there are lizards in Italy,” I told her. But she believes that he was calling out to her. I think I broke her little lizard heart when I told her he was, eh, already married…

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Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2015. Sally Mander the Lizard Notecard

I gave Sally Bounder’s address. This story will continue…

I recently spent several pleasant and carefree hours illustrating a poem by my sister, Elisabeth T. Eliassen, called β€œThe Rose Knows,” originally written on 4 December 2000.

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“VII. The Rose Knows. 4 December 2000”: “Roses know; They know the point of it all, They know the meaning of life, They know this experience is all in All, And are happy to smile broadly in the sunshine, From bud, to blossom, to full flower – Fragrant and bright… When roses fall, they laugh as they tumble, Because they just cannot hold themselves up any longer; They laugh and smile, letting go of their soft petals, So that the wind may carry their essence back, And onward into the ever-flowing stream.” From the book “Songs of a Soul Journey” by Elisabeth T. Eliassen (2001). Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2015