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Credit: Constantin Hansen, Portrait of Little Girl, Elise Købke, with Cup, 1850. National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark

Dear Faraway Friend,
How I identify with the sturdy girl drinking tea in the painting here! This year I am attempting to blog on a weekly basis about subjects that are of personal, political, aesthetic, and philosophical importance to me. This includes both dire problems (such as gun violence and gender, race, and class inequality) and more mundane matters (for example, how I get through the day). 

I hope someday to have a dialogue with you here and look forward to reading your comments.
Best Wishes, Joan