Thursday, October 4, 2012


……was held at the history rich Beverly Wilshire Hotel…. now an exquisite Four Seasons.


When guests entered the Grand Ballroom they were given a goodie bag and this ‘Passport’


….next our photographs were taken to place in the passports….




It’s always terrific when Nikka, my #1 assistant can go with me to these great events….


Flowers everywhere……….


There were two cheese stations with delicious breads and crackers and lovely crudities….


Two open bars……


The food was Four Seasons perfect and so many choices…..


What to have….hard to decide…O.K., one of everything!


Clara gave her 5 Star O.K.


Hmmmm…think I’ll try the spicy shrimp…


Some of the many vendors…..


I love these two….Clara and Tomiko getting acquainted…..


Wonder why Nikka thought I should have my picture taken here…..(Viking River Cruise). Note how heavy my goodie bag is getting….I’m getting pretty lopsided!


A lot of the vendors had cute costumes on and they were all so very friendly with lots of great stuff to put in our goodie bags.  My favorite is the purple ducky.  I know, don’t say anything…..


Nikka wanted to know if carrying all of the travel brochures is part of her job description…


The answer is yes! Absolutely!!!


Happy travelers……Clara and I agreed that the Orient Express is on our ‘must do’ list!


Thank you Lynne for a memorable evening. (Lynne’s at the left, sharing a fun moment with long time friend Cynthia who is with Midway Car Rental)


See if there’s somewhere you’d like to go and call Lynne at ProTravel




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1 comment:

Lynne said...

What a fabulous article


There is no avoiding the pull of the internet, the blogs, the YouTube imaginings. It's as if we're all 'On the Road' with Jack Kerouac each in our own world of meanderings. When we tell someone to 'get a life' it might be a bit difficult when you're dragged into other people's 24/7.

I've come to realize two foundational principals, there are no accidents and everyone has a purpose. More and more I'm desiring everyone to come into a full realization of their purpose as we all find our way on this little jewel of a planet.

For me, as a professional 'Western style artist', I stumbled into Chinese Brush Painting after a trip in 1980 to Monet's home/garden. Seeing all of his collection of Japanese woodblock prints was an ahh haa moment for me and when I returned to the States I started painting in the Chinese manner and never looked back. The first year was extremely painful for me as I felt that I should be able to master the technique since I was a 'trained' artist. Not a chance ... that just gets in your way.

Now, after teaching close to 3,000 students and having my book 'The Ch'i of the Brush' published by Watson Guptill, I can say that every one of my students does better their first day than I did my first year! Why? Because I insist that they leave their critical parent outside and just enjoy the journey, respecting the work that they do. I never let anyone throw anything away because that just ingrains frustration and defeat.

We really only begin to learn when we stop and figure out how to 'save' a painting. It works every time.I am so proud of my students, their receptivity and eagerness to express themselves is a continuing blessing for me.So, back to finding your purpose. Perhaps it starts with realizing 'it's not about me'. It so easy to want our needs met and to filter everything thru this attitude. When we realize that we're here to be of benefit to every life that we touch the universe really provides the ways and means.

The best part is that it's really exciting to not have yourself on your mind all the time!I'm re-reading a wonderful book about authenticity and in my next meandering I'll tell you about it. In the meantime I'd love to hear about your journey and am here to answer any and all questions about Chinese Brush Painting.