I grew up poor in a small town in rural Illinois. Nevertheless, my single mom raised us to believe we deserved to experience life richly. Happiness is free. As an adult with access to an admittedly wider array of options than those afforded me during childhood, I’ve lived in London, Amsterdam, New York City, Los Angeles, and elsewhere in the US and Europe. With each new residence, I’ve always been amazed when locals flagrantly ignore on a daily basis the attractions for which tourists save up money to visit and build lifetime memories. You will always be the most important person in your life. Enjoy it. No matter what your current lot nor where you live. Find beauty in your city. See it. Cherish it.

On view at the Smithsonian American Art Musuem

On view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The blurry snapshot above is from my recent visit to the Smithsonian American Art Museum to catch the “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art” exhibition and other goodies. The SAAM is open daily until 7 p.m. Admission is free. See my full album on Facebook.