LAURA WILLS AOne of the things I wanted to start doing on this here page, now I am settled and not so much on the road, is to write letters. Letters are one of my favourite things - especially real letters, on pages with handwritten thoughts and smudge marks. But making an exception for Sugar Mountain, I think a weekly letter post might be a nice way of sharing all the different voices in my head. So I'm starting with a letter I wrote for one of my oldest and dearest friends, Laura Wills. Laura is a prolific, original and wildly talented artist that I am so very proud to know. She also happens to be heavily pregnant - with twins. While I was in the States some of her wonderful friends held a blessing for her. They all brought beads to make presents for the babies and shared stories and sang for her. It sounded truly beautiful. I couldn't be there, but sent these words...

I've known you, Laura, since we were mostly children ourselves, in grade five or so. You've been my friend for more of my life than not, for nearly twenty years and I couldn't be happier about it. 

Knowing that you are about to be a mama and that all the love, joy and generosity that I see in you is about to be part of these two small lives makes my heart swell. You are one of the most dedicated and genuinely inspiring people I've ever known, you and Will both live your lives with so much integrity and kindness, to the earth, to your friends and to your community. I don't have any wisdom or thoughts to share, for the most part I can't wait to see what we will all learn from you as you grow into this new role. I know for certain that you will handle these next few months with grace and compassion and a big smile. 

These TWO little blessings are among the most special people in my life already, and I haven't even met them yet. I love that next time I see you, you'll be a mother. You'll be amazing. Big hugs and kisses, I love you so much

And just because I can, I've included some of Laura's more recent art below. She has completed residencies in Australia and abroad, is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, and her  exhibitions regularly sell out. She is successful because of her passion for and commitment to the environment and her community - it is evident in her work and in the life she leads and I am very blessed to have a few of her beautiful pieces on my walls. GERMINATOR MELT SMALL