We have been away from the desert for far too long but were visiting family abroad and paying our last respects an older family member who passed away while we were gone. Working side by side with my husband, his brother and my sister-in-law to find, sort, and clean away all the ephemera accumulated over 90 years has raised a warning flag. In the past few years as I gather forgotten, cast off items to use in my art work, I don’t use as much as I collect and I am accumulating far more treasures than I need. Home is indeed a place to gather……..people not things. It is time to start peeling back the onion skins and find the hearts of gold. In the studio and in my personal life.