This past Friday Night, I was in attendance at the National Museum of Mexican Art for the opening reception of The Day of the Dead exhibit. It was a night filled with great music, treats and incredible art by talented artists. One of those extremely talented artists is Ric aka NACO, who created a powerful mural at the entrance to the exhibit. I had the great opportunity to assist him on the mural with Enrique, Abdi, and Chris on different days. I was blown away when I seen the completed piece, which reflects the celebrated Mexican tradition and more. Once you enter into the exhibit, you will be even more amazed by the art that is showcased. Once again, Congratulations Ric on this beautiful piece and thanks for inviting us to help paint the mural. The exhibit is up til Dec 10 so stop by, view and learn about this special exhibit.
Just 600 miles into my journey, I’d been tried, and hard pressed to continue. That week, the isolated conclusion of the C&O canal trail, had me hungry and foraging for the 12 pounds I shed. At the food pantry in Frostburg, MD a wayward Navy veteran referred me to 3-flat down the road and a man named Wesley for at least some good counsel. Immediately we connected, that first night he brought out the hypothetical white board and we put a plan together for my campaign in order to ease some of my mental and physical challenges. I wanted nothing to do with a conversation that night, I tried every way possible to avoid it infact. But Wes saw the burden on my shoulder and wouldn’t let me leave with it. For the next four days, Wesley shuttled me to and from the bookends of my walk. The first day he drove 28mi roundtrip Grantsville, MD where I ended my walk, back to his home to provide me some short term and much needed stability. The next day 52 miles roundtrip to Addison, PA, and the last 80 miles to Farmington, PA. I later learned, Wesley has made a life of helping business professionals move on from their personal ills. To implement his vision, he purchased a farm in southern Pennsylvania where he plans to cultivate an intentional community of soul searchers from across the globe. Wesley and I still keep in touch quite frequently. Our connection is special, and stronger than its time would imply