I was thrilled to be able to write this book and I’m grateful to everyone who picks it up, thumbs through it, and finds a picture or a page that causes them to pause and read more closely. Thank you. Perhaps the reason I even thought I could write a book like this is the encouragement of my husband and daughters, who stick with me through every artistic up and down.

When my editor, Judith Cressy, called me about beginning this book, I could hardly believe it. I so appreciate her guidance and patience throughout the process. Her good humor and keen eye made the experience a fun one. She made it happen. I was also fortunate to have Regina Grenier as my art editor; I admire the energy and artistic sensibility she brings to her projects. ...

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