To Ben Cicatti Illustrator of my first book, Pablito and the Speckled Bear.
Dear Ben: It was such a coincidence to meet you one day on Mountain Drive. I had run that road for years, probably 16 or more years. For the last four or five years, maybe longer, I had followed the changing images of the iron heart sculpture.
To all of my friends in the Santa Barbara running community:
Today marks four weeks from the onset of the Tea Fire as well as just about two weeks until Christmas Day. I wanted to thank you all for your kindness, support and outpouring of generosity and share with you a little bit about the past month and what transpired.