It is important, I think, to look for hope in the little things and happiness in the seemingly mundane. I guess the easiest way to express that for me is visually. I made a couple of collages this week with little bits of paper known as "scraps". When I first started work in collage many years ago, I had what I thought of as priceless images I could barely stand to cut from old magazines, fearing that there was a limited supply to work from. The longer I work in this medium, the more I cherish the bits cut away - so often I am happiest with the work made from things that I used to discard.
I know this year has been a difficult one for a lot of people-- loss of loved ones, illness, but I'm ever hopeful that 2014 will be a better one for all of us.