One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to read one book every month. For January I am reading The Samuri’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama. A character in the book, Sachi, was afflicted with leprosy as a teenage girl and fled to a nearby mountain town on the coast of Japan to not cause dishonor to her family. She was mainly afflicted by sores on one side of her face which turned into scars in her later years leaving the other half a beautiful portrait of her younger self. Tonight I draw the young Sachi in her kimono. The drama of the beginning of Suite No. 5 takes me to the small beach town of Tarumi at a time when Japan sought to conquer China, and almost did. A time when tuberculosis didn’t have a cure and leprosy was a curse. This was less than a century ago. To think how far we’ve come and the everyday blessings we have is humbling. Below listen to “Allemande” and feel your heart soar!