Changing Gears

We have some exciting news to report. Stevie and I are working with Gibbs Smith Publishers to produce a book about the Day of the Dead! We’re not positive of the schedule yet, but believe it will be out by Fall, 2011—hopefully in time for the holiday.

Needless to say, we are thrilled to have this opportunity. However, due to this and some other looming deadlines, we’re going to need to scale back—at least temporarily—the frequency of posts here on the blog. As those of you who have been following us regularly know, we have been focusing on a new topic every week, starting off with an essay about it, and then following up with additional posts—quotes, recipes, activities, art or craft projects—whatever the topic lends itself to. That format will continue, however, starting in March (tomorrow!), instead of a new topic weekly, it will be every month. And we will follow up with related posts at least once a week (generally on Tuesdays), as opposed to several every week.

We are so appreciative of you—our loyal subscribers and regular readers—and hope you will stay with us through these changes. Maybe they’ll even be welcome, since some of our more obsessive, perfectionist-type subscribers (yes, takes one to know one!) have commented that it’s hard to find the time to read everything we put up.

With regard to that, let me just take a minute to say please don’t ever feel guilty if you don’t read every single post. Believe me, that is the last thing we want this blog to be for you—another “to do” to be checked off the list as accomplished. We are very aware that not everything we post will appeal to everyone. If we can give you something even once in a while that was just what you were looking or that brightens your day, then we will have succeeded with what we set out to do. So please, take what interests you and just click the “delete” button on anything else (that’s what it’s there for!)

We are committed to this blog and are pleased to have seen our readership grow steadily over the six months that we’ve been writing it. (wouldn’t mind having a few more comments from you though…). We look forward to continuing this journey with you. Thanks again for your support—and you can be sure we’ll keep you posted on the progress with the book!

Art and Soul Blog’s Top 10 for 2010

Although our baby blog is not yet four months old, several posts have emerged as clear favorites. Many, many thanks to our loyal readers (and c0mmenters!) for helping us get off to such a great start!

We’re looking forward to an even bigger and better 2011. If you have any topics you’d like to see covered, please let us know…

But in the meantime, here’s our

Top 10 for 2010

A Christmas Poem by Harrison Yocum

If you happened to read our post in October about making ofrendas, you know that a good friend of mine, Harrison Yocum passed away this year. He is greatly missed by many, and this wonderful poem will give you an idea of just why he was so loved. I can’t think of a more fitting post for today…

Merry Christmas everyone!

Harrison Yocum

Holiday Letter – Happy New Year 2012

Happy New Year from Tucson!

Mariah and the Tucson City Lights

References from the letter in the order they appeared:

Music video of Knee Deep in the Water Somewhere by Jimmy Buffett and the Zac Brown band

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Music video: Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude by Jimmy Buffett

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Music video: Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season by Jimmy Buffett

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Here’s a link to our book on the CRIZMAC site. Click here to order a signed copy. If you want me to personalize it for you, just include a note with your order.

Or you can also order it from Amazon (cheaper, but not signed)

Video of Mariah’s (very short) stint as a cruise headliner:

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Mariah’s video of the bat ray they saw while snorkeling in Catalina:

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Music Video: He Went to Paris by Jimmy Buffett (contains the lyric “Some of it’s magic, and some of it’s tragic…)

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Music Video: Iridescence by Linkin Park (from the movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon)

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And one more from Jimmy Buffett just because I love it (not mentioned in the letter) titled One Particular Harbour

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