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Patsy, What kind and thoughtful feedback, thank you so very much. Part of the essay actually came from some words I put together for my mom's service at the Wellmont Hospice House where she volunteered. It seemed that her "thin place" was her time spent at hospice and where I learned more about the strength of her spirituality. One of her most endearing qualities was her sincerity of presence - her combination of authenticity and vulnerability - that connected her so deeply with hospice. Although I miss her dearly, I am ever so grateful to share this with my dad - he has always been so supportive of both my spiritual journey and my art. He has had a profound impact on my work and was actually the one who introduced me to the concept of "thin places" as a way to explore the deeper meaning my family experiences when being at the lake. thanks again for your sweet note