I’m writing to heap praise to the moon and back to the Independent for the amazing cover story on Viva el Arte. It’s visually exciting and beautifully written. It is the best piece we have ever had published in over five years of this series. Leave it to the Indy to be the media source to get the real heart and soul of this series and how it impacts people on a human level in our community. Cathy did a brilliant job with her thorough and extensive interviews. I really appreciate the time she invested in this story. She painted vivid pictures which gave such a human, realistic feel of what Viva el Arte is and the important role it plays in our community. All of the collaborating partners are most appreciative! Marianne [Partridge, editor-in-chief], thank you so much for carrying the torch from over a year ago, when the seed [for this story] was planted. It blossomed into a field of beautiful flowers today in this issue. Bravo to you all. Happy new year. My best to all at the Indy. You guys are the best. We love you.