Archive for the Jan’s Blog, Front Row Seats Category

Ten Months and Still Talking

It has been ten months since Frank passed in his sleep and I would never again see him and be with him in this life. This photo was taken about six or so hours before he passed. I miss him. I miss him in the kitchen. I

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Moving Forward ..5 Months After

Sunday, August 10 marks five months since Frank passed. I am moving forward which means I’ve come to understand Frank’s presence in my life in a new and different way. Some days are still painful and others are beautifully serene. My life has certainly changed. First the

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What Do You Think It Needs?

What is is about this morning? July 27 – and going on 5 months since Frank passed – still my first thought upon awaking. My eyes had opened around 4 and my second thought was about writing – about putting some words down – and I felt

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Costa Rica Custom Tour with Francisco

  Written by Claudia Michael after the workshop with Jan in Costa Rica, February, 2014.   I had a wonderful customized three and a half days with EcoTico Tours aka Francisco. Day 1: We drove to Arenal and stayed at the cleanest B&B owned by Francisco’s friend

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Summer Solstice, 2014

  In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus Saturday, June 21 I woke at 4:30, relieved to be home in my own bed and with my dogs and parrots nearby – Seurat snuggled near my legs.

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Frank’s House at Casa de Corazon

The house began in lively conversation and two pieces of paper with a pencil in Frank’s hand and a pen in mine at my kitchen table. Our combination of abilities worked beautifully – my expertise and training in architecture and Frank’s spatial abilities and wonderful sense of

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April 10. A Month has Passed

  Woke up feeling the enormity of the date. April 10. The 10th. One month ago, on March 10 Frank passed in the early morning hours. I still have not put his clothes away or thought what I will do with them, really. I know that will

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The Ornamental Tree – a short story for Christmas

On Christmas Eve, 2013 Mike Owens, my eldest son was thinking about sending an ecard out to his family and friends – all far away. Upon seeing this image of a bare tree with ornaments, standing alone in the snowy night – he started to write what

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Art and Food, Doing it Separately Together!

Our first Costa Rica Personal Adventure featuring Frank and me doing what we do best – me teaching watercolor; Frank cooking – together and separately! We met our guests, artists Carol and Jane upon delivery by our favorite driver and tourguide, Francisco – and after a good

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Finca La Puebla Has Been Sold

Certified organic farm has been sold! We are pleased to announce that Finca La Puebla has been sold to new owners after Frank Thompson passed away in March, 2014. Frank loved and created this beautiful place he called Finca La Puebla for nearly 20 years and it

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