My friend Greg Cheeseborough (the Potters Field)
Our homeschool coop's Stone Soup mosaic, on display
We so rarely leave the house.
Especially all four of us. Together.
At the same time.
And for an art festival? Well. That's pretty much unheard of.
Come to think of it, it's completely unheard of.
But we pulled it off on Sunday on a whim, after seeding the pasture, spreading straw, and building a goat shed for our newest friends.
I konw. We're wild over here.
But what a treasure it was awaiting us there, just a few miles from home.
Including so many friends and neighbors, sharing a view into their soul through the work of their hands.
Including the mosaic the kids made last year, displayed alongside children's art from nearby schools.
Including hot organic apple cider, world-class local coffee, and live bluegrass.
The Driftless Art Festival was just one more bundle of reminders of just how this place amazes me.
And as for the art, well, the photos above speak for themselves.
What struck me most was how these inspiring people created beauty – magical, inspiring beauty that speaks their own story – out of simple, discarded, or ordinary things.
Now there is a lesson to carry with us.
As we go forth to create beauty from the simple materials of this day.