Happy Edge

Rooted.  8"x11" colored and black pigment ink on 11"x14" Bristol Board

Good morning! (Yes, it is morning somewhere in the world, hehehe!) It seems ages since I blogged. So many things are happening in my life and the world. I have been so busy at work. Extremely busy. So, if I have been mute about a lot of things lately, it is because I am preserving my energy to deal with realities, several of which I consider impractical and burdensome or bureaucratically onerous as we implement Obamacare. My job is to convert the law's interpretations to clinical decision support modules. Do I have the edge? Well, it feels more like clinging to a cliff. Fortunately, my roots run deep and so I cling. Just like these trees I have drawn for Illustration Friday’s theme. I drew these images this past weekend. I decided to use colors, hopefully in a subtle way. 

Taal Lake and Tall Volcano. 8"x11" colored and black pigment ink on 11"x14" Bristol Board

The above is an illustration of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano. On August 13th, 2011, my daughter visited the place with my sister, her aunt, Tita Leah. I miss my sister, if indeed angels in heaven come from good humans, there is a new angel up there. I would like to think that she visits and looks down upon us here once in a while. I was not able to make that trip but my daughter took some amazing photographs. At that time, my sisters, brothers, and I gathered in Manila to be with our sister. The doctor gave her two weeks to live if she did not undergo brain surgery. The lung cancer had metastasized to her brain. Our sister fought bravely but seven months later she passed away. It was a month and two days after her 60th birthday. She would have been 61 this month. I miss my sister very much. Yet, as time goes by, the pain and sorrow change to a sadness that somehow seems to comfort more than hurt. The memory of my sister inspires and strengthens me. Though I am sometimes sad, thinking of her fills me with love. In life we are blessed and gifted with the best relations but some are taken away too soon.

Also, this month, my family will be all smiles, two other special reasons and celebrations. It's the epsilons' birthday month. They are epsilons no more. This week,  we will give thanks and celebrate my son's birthday. Then in two more weeks, we celebrate my daughter's birthday. These two have brought my husband and me enormous pride and joy. I could dedicate a whole blog about the adventure of raising children in America, but suffice to say, their father and I love them so very much and we are so proud of them.

At home when I light candles, I do so to honor my ancestors and dearest departed family members, but I also give thanks and celebrate life. Such is the state of things. I guess after all, I do have an edge. Life is good. Thanks be to God. Amen.

Edge. 8"x11" colored and black pigment ink on 11"x14" Bristol Board

Edge Too. 8"x11" colored and black pigment ink on 11"x14" Bristol Board