On these short cold days, I walk briskly, but, no matter the time of day, when the sunlight plays upon the lake, leaving reflections in her wake, I linger beholding the sight, grateful for the beautiful light. These paintings – results of my further experiments with oil – attempt to capture the beauty. November leaves us shaken and sad for lives lost in Beirut, Chicago, Colorado, Mali, and Paris; we are sobered by the choices ahead. What path do we take? In his book, Nonviolence: Twenty-five lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea, Mark Kurlansky counsels “violence is a virus that infects and takes over.” So, how do we heal ourselves? Sage Buddha teaches “when the world is full of evil, transform all mishaps into the path of enlightenment.” The path will be challenging and we will do well to remember these words: “in a time such as this, when we have been most seriously and most cruelly hurt by those that hate us, and when we must consider ourselves to be gravely threatened by those same people, it is hard to speak of the ways of peace and to remember that Christ enjoined us to love our enemies, but this is no less necessary for being difficult” writes Wendell Berry In the Presence of Fear .