Rebuilding a Life

Cassandra Tondro, "Fall Where They May," abstract painting

Hey Friends,

I’ve finally resigned myself to the fact that most of the in-person things I used to do are not coming back any time soon, and possibly never. So I’ve started to look for new things, other than my art, and I thought I’d share a few of them with you.

Have you met Arne & Carlos? They’re adorable, and I could sit and listen to them all day. They’re knitting designers, and they recently started producing videos where they talk about their life in Norway, their dogs, their garden, knitting and all sorts of other interesting topics. I’m not even a knitter, but I like watching them. They’re funny and entertaining, and I’ve actually learned a lot about Norway from them. Sign up for their newsletter, and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

Here’s something that occured to me a few weeks ago. Now that everything is on Zoom, I can take classes from any school in the world! So I’m taking two wonderful classes from the Cal Lutheran Fifty and Better program. Their adult education classes are six weeks long and offered year round. I’m currently taking an archaeology class called “In and Out of Africa,” and another course titled “The Visual Culture of the 1960s.” Both are great.

I’m also taking a class from Colorado Free University called “The Art of Geometry,” which is stretching me mentally, but very worthwhile. Colorado Free University has lots of other adult education courses that look interesting.

Then there are the nature webcams. It’s easy to get addicted to these cams, so proceed with caution. I’m especially fond of the Brooks Falls Bear Cams in Alaska, and voting for Fattest Bear of the Year starts next week, before the bears go into hibernation. Note that the sun in Alaska doesn’t rise until about 9:30am Pacific Time right now, and when there’s no sun the live webcams will appear as a black screens.

I also like the Big Sur Condor webcams. Sadly the Dolan Fire burned the condor sanctuary and the webcams, but the Ventana Wilderness Society is working to get the webcams back up. Many people have been following the story of Iniko, the condor chick who miraculously survived the fire, and is getting ready to fledge at the end of October or early November. We’re hoping to be able to watch Iniko fledge on one of the reinstated webcams.

What new activities have you found to replace the old? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,

Painting at top: “Fall Where They May,” 22 x 28 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas.



    1. Hi Jackson. The online classes at Colorado Free University are great, and I’ve also been taking online classes at Cal Lutheran. Both have kept me sane during this time of change and uncertainty!

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