I spent 2 weeks on the receding shores of Summer Lake at Playa a few weeks ago. 2 hours south of Bend in the pure high desert. After weeks of extraordinary rains, the area was bursting with life. Shorebirds, muskrats, coyotes, snakes and 7 or so other artists, writers and dancers shared this scenic spot in which to indulge our most fervent efforts and ideas. We were given lovely little houses on a walden like pond with access to studios for our work. Dinners were generously served in a commons house where we could all gather for food and/or society, but most of the time we were each well-immersed in our independent work. It was the very thing I needed to intensify my focus on my carving. Countless thanks to Deb Ford and PLAYA for the generous opportunity.