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After the close of the show, Carol went around to the exhibitors as we were taking down the booth. She gave a Navajo rug to a Native American dealer and some excellent fetishes to a fetish dealer. They were grateful, and it seemed like a perfect way to end the show. After the show, our son Mark was to join us for dinner. We went to the restaurant, and as we went to the table, margaritas and chips already in place, Carol commented that she didn't feel well. Almost immediately after she sat, her chin went down to her chest and she instantly went into a coma. At the hospital, we learned that she'd had a massive brain hemorrhage, probably generated by a fall she'd had at the show early that morning. She lingered for a couple of days and died at 8:15 on the morning of February 21.

We'd often talked about how we'd led a charmed life during our sixty years together, and her ending was equally appropriate: painless, swift and at the end of a wonderful day.

Mark took this picture at about 5:30 on Sunday, February 19. We were about to break down the booth,. Carol is happy, sentient and taking care of business. Two hours later she was in a coma and two days later, she was gone. She didn't suffer.

As for where to catch up with us next, things are up in the air. At the moment, Summerhouse is still planning to be in New Mexico in August, perhaps at a show, perhaps not. As the weeks unfold, we'll keep you posted

Make sure you see our latest book. After 20 years, we've updated Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni into an expanded Second Edition with all new photographs and text. It's a lot bigger than the First Edition, and people tell us it's a lot better.

NOTE: We encourage you to make it to any upcoming shows we announce. Sometimes we get pots to the show before we can get them to the site. Even though we update the site pretty much weekly, half a dozen wonderful pieces (among them a rare 19th-century Mojave or O'odham figurine, an elegant early Hopi seed jar later attributed to Nampeyo and a bargain-priced Lucy Lewis) all sold at recent shows before we posted them.

WHERE TO CATCH UP WITH US NEXT

WE HAD A GREAT SHOW AND A MARVELOUS TIME AT THE MARIN SHOW.

WE WEREN'T PREPARED FOR WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.