In the last year -- since Stephanie's husband Walter died-- I've reconnected with her and with Dawn. We saw each other in the winter at Martha's reading (layout just below) and Steph suggested we all go up to Maine this summer and visit Martha and Sandy.
While we all had way to many complications in our schedule we did pull it off -- together for a little more than 24 hours but packing so much in.
Here's a photo of when we first met--in 1990. I was just starting to get my MBA. Dawn was working at Heinneman, and Stephanie was a nurse. This was at the Molasses Pond Writers Retreat. It was wonderful. They were my first New England friends and I'd already been living here for 2 years but just no one else was warming to me. Here's where you can find Steph's new online poetry home. Here's where you can find Dawn painting online.
We started this weekend at the Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival where the super-talented Dawn Boyer had a booth! Her paintings are gorgeous.
After the show we helped her break down and pack up. It was great to see Brett, too!
And then hit Bar Harbor for a while
And stayed up late on our deck on the ocean, talking, drinking and even hearing some of Steph's poetry.
Lots of sharing. We shared so much so regularly for years and years -- and then lost each other. They've both been through challenging times. And still it felt so easy to be together.
I've got lots more to post from the next day. Will be back soon.