From Lana Juarez
Currently living in Blacksburg, VA
Having always been an animal lover and Navy Brat, lots of moving, very few pets in my 20's after college, I made one dream come true by having a horse of my own...a beautiful strawberry roan appaloosa mare. No horse now, but I treasure those years.
Dream #2 was having a good dog. A guardian with intelligence, good nature humor. Tho I have had many good dogs I have had 2 exceptional dogs, Sam Samantha and my current boy, Keith R. Dogg. Add in the very silly Cali J. Katt, my life is rich.
In Nov 1987, with my Bachelor of Fine Arts VA Tech in hand, and some extra accounting courses under my belt, years of the gypsy life traveling to juried Crafts Fairs three of us opened Matrix Gallery fine crafts, on Main Street in Downtown Blacksburg VA I bought out both partners, and am in my 35th year of business, loving what I do supporting the Arts.
I was so fortunate to inherit my readymade kids, the talented Dustin Jagger Clifford of Charlotte NC and Katie Louise Clifford , in NJ, via Sterling Va. Katie brought us all joy with her 3 yr old son, Wyatt Ronald. Ronny would be so proud of his kids and his grandchild...I am certain he is watching over us all.
So. Great loss. I was widowed 8 yrs ago. Not sure how, but we humans have survived such loss since the beginning of time. My dog cat got me up each morning, my business gave me purpose, and I opened my heart to all sorts of love, since I saw no chance of a "romantic" love at this stage of the game. inconceivable to me I have formed amazing friendships, both old friends new, and treasure my family beyond words. Then an old friend called from out of the blue. we were in 8th 9th grade together, our Dad's stationed in Seoul Korea. One of my favorite people in the world. He graduated from Wakefield, class of '71. Guess what You CAN find love again at this stage of the game.