After a long absence, I plan to post regularly again. It’s been a difficult few months. Chronic pain from an old injury is no fun! I’m glad to say that I’ve made great progress in these past months and have hope that I will continue to grow stronger and be able to ward off the worst pain.
Over the months, I’ve had time to think about life, about art, about my passions, and what I still want to accomplish in my life. Although it has been 13 years since I’ve been in remission from breast cancer (after 10 years, one is considered “cured”), I never stop feeling the press of time, especially as I age.
As much as I love to paint and still feel the urge to do so, I’m going to continue my sabbatical from art for the present. My other passion is family history and genealogy – and of course, my parrots. Both of these particular passions are currently receiving all of my attention right now.
My favorite uncle Hank Domagalski, a World War II bomber pilot in the Pacific theater, used to be the family memory keeper. He was the only one who made 8 mm films and interviews of family members and events. When he passed away a few years ago, these materials came to me and I’m slowly gathering material to self-publish a number of books about my family lines. If you are interested, you can read a short article I wrote about my father’s family at this link (my article is on pages 6 and 7 of the pdf here). This type of research takes quite a lot of time and thought, and it is something I feel I must do as a legacy to my family.
My parrots and my house rabbit are doing just great. For the past few weeks, I’ve been preparing for the addition of one more rescue parrot into my family, and I’ll be posting more about that later. This photo shows my rabbit Bun Rab checking out the carrier in which I’ll be transporting my new charge by airplane. I’m very excited!
So that’s my news for now.