On 11/27/11 I wrote: "A friend asked me to draw out and design a Christmas card which showed her and her husband's wild ride from Asheville, NC to Seattle, and all the stuff in between, in the style of the Family Circus and it's famous dotted line gag and here's is the result,". Obviously at the time I needed more sleep before attempting to write sentences. I was in the midst of a grind at school, that felt like a 12 round fight and only today am I emerging victorious albeit fighting the onset of the "vacation just starting" cold. Now I will have two weeks to devote to my craft, my art, my calling, if you will. I can set aside academic excercises and wholly focus my energy, like a beam, upon the job at hand: planning, producing, crafting, and honing art that is poignant, timeless and full of meaning and depth.