And so I've spent the last 5 days and will spend the next 20 in Johnson, Vermont at the Vermont Studio Center. It is great to be surrounded by many other visual artists and writers. The food has been delicious and the surroundings calm. I've thought a lot about the recent east coast storm and the devastation and turmoil it has left behind. I can only hope that a powerful event like this will incite the development of better policies on energy and environmental issues.