Friday, November 25, 2011

Personal Geographies

personal geographies cover

Nearly two years ago, Jill Berry sent me a note: "Aimee, how do you feel about maps? Love 'em?" Just reading the word "map" made my heart thump, and the way in which it was phrased convinced me that Jill was up to something quite mappy. She was. After many months of cartographic toiling, her passion was published this month as Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking.

In Jill's words:

“You don't have to be a world traveler or a professional cartographer to embark on a grand journey of self-discovery through mapmaking. Personal Geographies gives you the tools and techniques you'll need to create artful maps of your self, your experiences and your personal journey. Chart the innermost workings of your mind, document your artistic path and create an unfolding maze of your future dreams and goals.

Inside Personal Geographies you'll discover:

* 21 mixed-media map projects featuring artistic techniques like working with alcohol inks and pochoir, painting on a black surface and carving custom stamps

* Insight into the world of traditional and contemporary maps and how they relate to and inspire personal mapmaking

* A gallery of maps by contributors from around the world to spark your own creativity

* From mapping your head, hands and heart to recording powerful memories or experiences, the maps in Personal Geographies are a gateway into the fascinating and meaningful world of you.”


I was lucky enough to tag along on her journey (my maps "No Nap Today" and "Peregrinations" are included in the book) so today I get the privilege of kicking off the Personal Geographies blog hop! Answer one of my burning travel questions below, and I'll draw a winner on December 10 for a free copy of the book. (Please note: North Light can only ship within the US.)

1. Where did Jill, Mr. Artsyville & I meet for coffee this summer: a) Bozeman, b) Boston, or c) Boulder?
2. A place you've visited in your dreams (day or night) but have never been?
3. What is your favorite language?
4. How has travel influenced one of your own art pieces?
5. Where in the world did Jill teach a workshop this fall?

If you don't like any of these, invent your own travel query and answer it. Also, if you would prefer to skip the burning questions and get a copy directly in your hot little hands right now, go to Shop Mixed Media and use code SMM106 for 35% off & free shipping until 12/9/11.

Happy weekend to all of you! And thank you, Jill, for taking me along for the ride, for teaching me so much about the history of maps, and for being such a valuable art mentor to me. ♥

126 comments:

An Artaholic @ Swallowcliffs.blogspot.com/ said...

Question: What was the worst trip you ever took?
Answer: A trip I took while I was suffering from a bladder infection...that trip was NOT fun! lol

Karen said...

2. A place you've visited in your dreams (day or night) but have never been?

Antarctica!! Dying to go!!

pat said...

I am really reviving my love of maps after seeing the amazing collages. Would love to win the book.

pat said...

I dream of going to Hawaii someday. The beautiful blue sea and the beautiful palm trees.

Deborah Boschert said...

Favorite language? The language of art, of course! It's a way to communicate with others that is like no other.

Looks like a beautiful book! Inspiring.

lee said...

favourite language
french
cant speak it well, but would love to, so I could go to a paris flea market and be able to speak to the vendors and know the stories

DebMarie said...

2. A place you've visited in your dreams (day or night) but have never been?

I have always wanted to go to Australia! I've dreamt about it so many times, but I am still missing "the real deal". Sigh....

Carolyne said...

How has a journey influenced your art? I love any kind of map (or even a timeline!). Recently in the late night hours (reluctant to give up time to sleeping) I picked up a pencil and mapped my journey through the world of religion and religious beliefs beginning at age 5 (and I'm old!) It's still in pencil but hopefully it will be an art journal page with color and collage soon. Gotta have this book.

Jen Niles said...

2) A place I've visited in my dreams, day or night: The coast of Italy, with tiny winding streets and colorful fishing boats, and all that FOOD. I also think of France too, with the markets. OK and England, with the accent. And Ireland's beautiful little villages where sheep cross the road. Let's just face it, I want desperately to "cross the pond" someday.

cath c said...

what fun!

3. italian. or well, since i really only speak english and i write using it, too, i suppose english,. but italian is so beautiful! even the swears.

Becky Schuck said...

I visited Monument Valley and loved the serenity of that undeveloped place. It inspired me to do an oil painting landscape of what I saw there.

Chel said...

This is a true story: One night I had this amazing dream that I traveled straight south, and when I rounded the south pole, there was a completely different geography on the other side of the planet. All new countries, peoples, cultures, wildlife, plants, trees... it was SO amazing, Aimee. I know it sounds crazy, but it thrilled me and inspired me and I remember the feeling of that "discovery" every single day. It was just beautiful. I may have never traveled there, but I *want* to, at least creatively.

(I think this was all inspired by my weird obsession with the fact the contintents shifted so much during the history of the earth.)

Candied Fabrics said...

Italy! The hubby and i dream of a couple of weeks spent in Italy soaking up the sites and eating the food! In my dreamiest of dreams, we take some sort of cooking tour where we learn how some of this deelicious food is made, but still have plenty of time to do our own thing!

THe book looks lovely, and I can see why you and Jill are artistic compadres!

Red Bow said...

How does travel influence my art?

I love the change of energy when I travel. I am addicted to sitting in beautiful places drawing in my sketchbook.

Buffalo Lucy said...

4. How has travel influenced one of your own art pieces?

Well, unfortunately it wasn't my own travel, but the stone in my Soul Fire necklace came from Russia and was purchased from a Russian lapidary artist who travels the world selling his wares. So I, and my work, benefited from this man's travels. I'm a little obsessed with Russia (I'm even taking a Russian film/history class this semester) and feel like I may I have traveled or lived there in a previous life or something.. ;) I'll definitely have to visit in this one some day.

Monkey Mind said...

A place I have visited in my dreams: the Karst region of China. I hope to make it there for real someday.

Annemarie O'Brien said...

4. How has travel influenced one of my art pieces?
I spent a good number of years in Russia. I brought home Dasha, a borzoi, the dog of the Tsar. It wasn't easy, but I learned so much about the history of Russia through Dasha. I took my experience and put it into words. My story, DANCE WITH BORZOI, will be published by Knopf in 2013. Had I not gone to Russia and spent so much time there, this story would never have come about.

mo said...

2. A place you've visited in your dreams (day or night) but have never been?
Ireland! my younger brother has lived there for 33 years but i've never been. it's the basis for my participation in Roz Stendahl's International Fake Journal Month. i've done volumes (well, ok, a smidge) of research and would love to go visit my ancestral home. oh, yeah, and see my brother too ;)

3. What is your favorite language?
French. mais oui.

Unknown said...

I have many places I've visited in my dreams, but I'll limit myself to 2: Australia (this has been #1 for years) and Pushkar Camel Fair (in India).

Valerie Brown
Firepan Jewellery Designs

Randi said...

I recently took a class on the geology of the national parks. Some of them I have been to, but as a child. I would love to refresh those memories and visit places like the Grand Canyon and many other parks! It would be great inspiration!

Dina said...

What was the worst trip you ever took?

A trip to Canada. The night before we were to cross the border I came down with measles and ended up staying in a convent while the rest of my family went.

Els said...

A place you've visited in your dreams (day or night) but have never been?

I have an entire dream geography in which I have had many different experiences over the years. It's not a place I've ever found any piece of in real life until driving on the Crowsnest Highway in B.C. Canada. As I dropped down over a ridge into the Okanogan Valley. A severe series of switchbacks marked the descent of Anarchist Mountain, and I was instantly flooded with a complete recognition of the place as the one in my dreams. I had to pull off and just breath, so overwhelming was my reaction. I had no inkling prior to that moment of the location of my dream, and it was inTENSE. Unfortunately, I was on a schedule, so I didn't have time to explore the town for possible explanations for why I'd been dreaming about the place for so long, but I WILL go back there some day. I have never had another dream that took place there, but I have drawn and journaled and painted some of the inner scenes with the intent of capturing the emotions felt whilst dreaming. Want to see the vista that connected my dream and waking states? http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/89/From_Anarchist_Mountain.jpg

mtnmermaid said...

1. Where did Jill, Mr. Artsyville & I meet for coffee this summer: a) Bozeman, b) Boston, or c) Boulder? I guess Boulder...'cuz I know Jill lives nearby (and so do I, sorta:)

thestarbook.ca said...

Oh I just adore maps and use them a great deal in my artist's books and my collage work (and anywhere else I can manage). I can't get enough of them and pick them up everywhere I go. Have you ever read Barbara Hodgson's "The Tattooed Map"? Wonderful!

Marcia said...

My favorite language is German! I would love this book!

terarla1 said...

Italy- It's the place my husband and I keep talking about visiting but never seem to get to the planning stage.

Lori Wostl said...

Istanbul. I have periodic dreams about the bazaar there. I want to go! Lori W at Art Camp for Women

Experience Zest! said...

A place I've visited in my dreams?
A WORLD that is a planet of love, beauty, music, and joy! Could this be our EARTH one day?

jane said...

french... don´t tell jorge ;)
p.s. what a fantastic idea for the book!
x

jacquerose said...

My favorite language is French....I studied in high school about 100 years ago! It sounds so romantic. I can still remember words and phrases, but would love to go to France and practice.....

Jessica said...

my favorite language is American Sign Language. I love watching it... I know some ASL but am terrible with the syntax having grown up mainstream instead of in an ASL environment...

Cindy said...

i don't know why i know this, but i think the answer to no. 1 is boulder and italiano is my favorite language. do you know how to say beige in italian? you do now - it's beige :).

congrats on the book!

pupton said...

The place I am dreaming of going is on safari in south Africa. Oh my!

donnarae said...

2. A place you've visited in your dreams (day or night) but have never been?
Africa! I have dreamed and daydreamed of visiting this strange (to me!) and amazing continent. The art, the people, the animals, the natural wonders all call to me. It's a bucket list item for me.

letterlady said...

4. My first trip to Europe in 2001. It opened my eyes to many aspects of life and art. The Louvre kept me enthralled for the entire day and had we had time I'd have gone again. Montmartre and the Vatican Museum, Two Picasso museums and a Dali museum as well as walking along the streets and interacting with the local people were all inspirational. When I got home, my art reflected a liveliness it had never had before. My use of color was more courageous.

Merrie Jo said...

Tahiti...it was so beautiful, every thing I imagined and more. Would love to return.
This book looks very interesting...thanks for the giveaway.

Tess said...

Always loved maps and love your map collages. The book would be a great read too!

Judy said...

Have had a lot of fun making some new book formats after my trip to Mongolia last fall. Would love to win Jill's book.

Janel said...

A place you've visited in your dreams (day or night) but have never been?

Paris! But my friend has been there and took many pictures, so I get to travel vicariously through her photos.

Denise said...

I would love to go back in time and visit the places where my parents grew up and where they met...in a cotton field where my father was working when he was home from WWII.

Carina said...

Place I visited in my dreams but have never been - I'm guessing it was one version of Heaven - My mother passed away 10 years ago. The other night I was preparing to sleep overnight at her house. It was a house I've never been in before, an older cottage in a small town (the house a hybrid between several houses I have known). The backyard was fenced and planted very much in the English cottage style. It was summer.
Before going to sleep in a twin bed, I needed to take her dog,who was snoozing in said bed,outside to pee. The dog was a 5 or 6 month old boxer mix with brown ears and fur that looked a lot like herringbone fabric.

Connie said...

i have visited a place that has an ugly rambling ranch house set back from a cliff that is very steep. ..but behind the house is another mountain, with a gorgeous waterfall that is directly behind the house. I want to find this place and live there.....

aimee said...

these are such wonderful travel stories, dreams, and answers! keep them coming, please! xo

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

My favorite language is the language of the heart. It requires no words but speaks volumes. Patsy from
HeARTworks

Lisa said...

I have visited many tropical islands in my dreams and a couple in real life. Beach, sun, water . . .heaven.

Pam said...

In my dreams: I've visited Alaska in the spring--fell in love with it watching a series of episodes of The Love Boat when I was a teeneager!

Pam said...

In my dreams: I've visited Alaska in the spring--fell in love with it watching a series of episodes of The Love Boat when I was a teeneager!

robin michelle said...

Favorite language? French!

Jill Berry said...

1. Not telling
2. a tiny island in a valley in Mexico, chock-a-block full of monkeys.
3. Italian
4. All of it influences all of it.
5. Orvieto

Our paths crossed, and the rest is history. Thank goodness for history.

dcgboulder said...

Saw the book at Barnes and Noble today - wonderful, wonderful, beautiful pages.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Love your artwork and Jill's book!

My travel to the Big Island of Hawaii and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park have influenced my entire series of mixed-media map art this year! :)

All the best,
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

ginigin said...

To #2, when I was a teenager, I had a series of dreams set in Scotland. In the dream I had two children and lived in a cottage near the sea. It has left me with a desire to go to Scotland and a love of the brogue.

Candy Jane said...

Ever since I read a story about some very interpid folk on the Isle of Jersy during WWII, I've longed to go there. I guess that would be a "day-dream"!

Ella said...

2. A place you've visited in your dreams (day or night) but have never been?
I was a fawn standing in the middle of Shibuya Square. How weird is that. I would love to visit Japan...

bystritski said...

. What is your favorite language?
I am French so when I travel I cannot use my language in a lot of places... but I found out that somehow body language works perfectly all around the world, there is always a way to make you understandable !

Virginia Crandall said...

A place I've visited in my daydreams--the Hebrides Islands. I love the sea and birds and it sounds wild and free.

Fine Lines said...

My dream place to visit was always Venice. I was lucky enough to get there awhile back and while there sketched a bit and took a bunch of photos. In the years since that visit I have revisited those sketches and photos SO many times and used them as inspiration for a lot of artwork. Each time I do this it is like being on that vacation again and I LOVE and re-live the experience(sounds, breezes, colors and all)!!

Mary said...

What is your fondest travel memory? Watching the sun set while sitting by the Murray river enjoying wine and cheese while parrots chattered in the surrounding trees. My husband and imagined this moment before our trip and we actually got to live it! Sublime!

susan engleman said...

A place you've visited in your dreams but have never been?

Paris... I've been to Europe but chose Italy over France (fabulous... I love Florence). I'd love to go back and visit Paris tho...

Marcie said...

The place I've travelled that has most influenced my 'art'? Italy - no question..or doubt about it. What a wonderful concept. Love it!

Mary J. said...

Burma: a place I've dreamed of visiting and truly hope that I one day go. Today it is called Myanmar. It's a country that has been wracked by politics, but a PEOPLE that have remained truly beautiful. I have a friend there, a Unicef doctor, who did field work in the months following the Cyclone. The affected areas still suffer. I am a wee bit intimidated at the thought of visiting a country of great poverty and military rule, but also feel that it's important to go, for this very same reason.

Susan said...

A place you've visited in your dreams (day or night) but have never been?
I would love to visit the San Juan Islands, Washington. Beautiful....

Andria said...

My favorite language is Spanish, and I love to use foreign language text pages and maps in my art. I am very excited about and interested in this book...thanks for the opportunity to maybe check it out sooner rather than later! :-)

Donna said...

I'll answer questions 2 & 4.
2. I've always wanted to visit Victoria, BC ever since Luke and Laura on General Hospital were on the run there in the 1980's. I hope to visit and take an Alaskan Cruise out of there one day.
4. I speak gibberish and I am fluent in it!
This is the first time I've been to your blog and I love it. I'm adding it to my Reader!
D~~~~

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh WOW, YAYYYYY! Big mappy congrats! (cartgrats?)

Journey creeps into my art by way of Tokyo. There's a big Japanese influence there.

Hope you are enjoying a memorable and fantastical holiday weekend!

xoxo

Sue said...

My dream trip is to Prague; my all time favorite language, French, bien sure.

Debi said...

2. only dreamed about, I really want to go to Cayman Islands and see the sea turtles

Lou said...

A trip I dream about: Driving across the country on Route 66 in a convertible!

taiqi said...

So many comments. I don't have a chance--but glad to visit your blog. Janet tai chi@rockisland.com

Unknown said...

2. A place you've visited in your dreams (day or night) but have never been?

My "travel" is mostly time travel, experienced in my dreams when I meet myself and members of my family at different stages of their lives.

Would love to win the book -- thanks for the opportunity!

LouBird said...

2. A place you've visited in your dreams (day or night) but have never been?

I dream of far away fabulous places. Most do not exist so I will never be able to visit them except for in my art :)

Melody said...

A place I visited in my dreams but have never been is London.


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Lisa Reed said...

Question:
What places would you visit in a luxury motorhome with no time or money contraints
Answer:
I'd let my heart and spirit guide me to the grandest and smallest places across the United States of America!

carlanda brown williamson said...

a place i just two nights ago visited in my dreams...new zealand! i would love to go there and dreamt about it. i would love to win this book, it sounds fabulous mapping out adventures and daily journeys! thank you.

Serena said...

I visited Upstate Washington State summers in my youth. It shaped me to be in the wilderness for several weeks per year. Great beauty, great mountains, glaciers. I dream of them still. Thanks for the offer - the book sounds wonderful! - Serena

siren said...

HAHAHA - i just wrote an awesome entire essay for you about the worst trip I ever took and it didn't post!
More of the curse.

Jill was in Italy this fall.

Artist and Garden Designer... said...

I am drawn to ephemera from different country's
So I would like to go on a European vacation just to collect a suitcase full of art supplies!!?
A dream vacation!!

Kirstin said...

Favorite language - French. For Roz's Fake Journal Month I actually did an entire travel journal of France using flickr and google maps. It's been so long since I've spoken French that my abilities have detiorated greatly.

Artifice said...

Question: Where is your favorite place on earth?
Answer: My Parent's Lake House in North Carolina which is on this wonderful isolated road overlooking the Lake. I would make a map of this!

Creative Soul Juice said...

I was so inspired to paint when I sailed with 7 women in the Caribbean... luscious colors, deep turquiose water, being outside for days on end. Love the idea of painting maps to show our journeys. "☆¨(✿◠‿◠)❀♫❤ ☼ ☯~Hobby

Joanie Hoffman said...

Paris, I dream of being in Paris, France! Thanks for the giveaway!

Dotti said...

I would love to visit a middle eastern market place.

Vicki said...

When in Vienna, I saw the Secession,and the patterns were so inspiring.
The book looks fabulous!

Barbara Hagerty said...

My favorite language? All of them! I really can't pick. I love languages, and I love texts and fonts and combining many languages in artwork. My mother was a natural for learning languages and she spoke several fluently. I didn't inherit her gift for fluency in languages, but I love using many bits and pieces of what have learned in my artwork from time to time.

Thanks for a chance to win the book! I love it!

Dana said...

I dream of a romantic and loverly time with my hubby to the Greek Isles...for food and drink and hand-holding and people watching. Everywhere we go we act all goofy like that, which my children just loooooove!! Haha...

Julie said...

2. A place you've visited in your dreams (day or night) but have never been? Italy! Oh, how I'd love to see the vineyards...

lori vliegen said...

3) my favorite language is french. i don't speak it, i'm just highly dependent upon the subtitles. in the meantime, i'm still working on a successful conversation in english.....xoxo
p.s. congrats on being featured in this fab book!! xo

Pam L. said...

I have always wanted to visit Kauai and stay someplace right on the beach! Of course, that is one of several places I'd love to visit!

Excited about this blog hop! I've had Jill's book on my wish list since it was first announced! Woot!

susan in seattle said...

My current favorite language is Spanish. I could listen to it forever and since we spend a month in Mexico every year, I'd better learn to speak it!

floatingink said...

2. A place you've visited in your dreams: Shikoku, Japan.

Sarah Anderson said...

2 a place you've visited in your dreams (day or night) but have never been?
somewhere penguins live! Thought I'd have to go to Antartica but have since discovered some nocturnal blue penguins that live in southern New Zealand - that's where I dream of going!!!

Vee said...

3. My favorite language is French!

Congrats on making it into the book, I can't wait to see it!

Shirley said...

I make a map on the first page of travel journals reflecting the immediate area around our destination.

Estela said...

A place I have visited in my dreams but have never been is Scotland!
I would love to see the Highlands!

Laurie said...

I make travel journals to chronicle places - when you pay attention to the little details of a place it remains with you forever

kristi said...

I would love this...and the place I visit in my dreams..any time..England with a special friend

Lisa Calvert said...

My daughter went to England last spring, that trip motivated me to design a special journal for her to record her travells . I loved making it as much as she enjoyed filling it. Thanx for hosting the give-away.
Hugs
Lisa

Kathy said...

Imagination has taken me to Australia many times and I have a great mental image from books, movies and TV. Now I'm not sure it would be good to visit because the reality would probably be so different from my dream!

Claire M said...

4. A trip to New Orleans and the travel journal keepsake that I'm making to keep the memories with me.

Rossie said...

I'll answer question 2. I regularly dream I am in a pokey little kitchen in England. How do I know it is England? All the foodstuffs stuffed in a tiny cupboard are products of England. This is the only clue I have because each time I dream of it I am still exploring the same cupboard. Do I like the dream? Yes, because I want to know the contents of the cupboard and NO because the dream only reveals one or two items at a time. I guess I will never find the cupboard in real life but I would love to.

denisecw said...

Place I visited in my dreams?
A quirky little village under the Baltic Sea...

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Leslie said...

A map of my mind at 60. Much different from how I was at 30.

Anne said...

Question....which place that you have been to and would like to revisit? Answer....London England.

wilcoxdesigns said...

I hope you met Jill in Bozeman. I love Montana and it's a great state to travel in.

Jan said...

I love the French lanquage. It is so feminine & sexy

Linda said...

I have dreamt of going to Ireland and Scotland and have done journal pages mapping out some cities.I also have dreamt of visiting India.My fave language is French and I've been fortunate to be of French origin and have travelled there many times-and yes,I've journaled that too. This looks like a wonderful book-I'd love to learn more about using maps.Thanks for the chance to win!

Cat said...

My waking and sleeping dreams revolve around a trip to Greece, especially the Greek Isles!! Mexico is startig to figure prominently in my dreams as well!! thanks for a chance to win this book!! It sounds awesome!!

Marie aka Grams said...

Question: What is your favorite language?
Answer: The silent language of gazing into someone's eyes.

Sharon said...

Number 2. I would love to travel to Tuscany!!!!

mankybones said...

2. A place you've visited in your dreams (day or night) but have never been?I dream sometimes of very shallow ocean water with sand bars you can walk on.

inkytoes said...

2. A place you've visited in your dreams (day or night) but have never been?
Egypt. i would love to go there, but being severely allergic to literally every four-footed creature with hair keeps me from traveling to several countries i would love to see.

Jennifer said...

I recently dreamed of a cluster of small islands. Each island had a different climate and culture though they were all easily seen from the shores of the other islands and one need only a small boat to move between them. I'd love to cruise from one island to another.

Pamela Jane said...

Especially during this month's busy days, it would be fun to map my way through the holidays.

kae pea said...

Artsyville. I have only been there in my dreams. And Italy. One day i hope to go to both! Xokp

pfstuff said...

My favorite language is French since high school and college, but never got to France-would love to go-am sure I know just enough of the language to get myself in a bunch of trouble. This is a lovely blog and I really want that book, so I'm crossing my fingers and reading all of the blogs today. "Bon chance" to all of you.

Cedar Ridge Studio said...

A place to visit in my dreams is Anquilla a tranquil island. Would love to have this book/

Linda Kittmer said...

I dream of going to the Greek Isles. The beautiful aqua see and the lovely white homes on the hill sides call to me. Some day...

Linda
http://lindakittmer.blogspot.com

Vivian Helena said...

would love a copy of Personal Geographies,,, could be dreaming or reality... wonderful thoughts.

woodenspade said...

2. A place you've visited in your dreams, but have never been:
the afterlife. Have multiple dreams about visiting my brother (and asking him why he left!)

Laurie Dyer

Kristin said...

I dream of going to Italy!

Leanne said...

Favourite language: Spanish!

I always try to convince myself I should learn more French, because it is one of my (Canada) national languages, or I should want to learn Italian, because that is my heritage, but the truth is.... I melt at the sound of Spanish! Love it, love the people.

P.S. If I should fortunate enough to win this book, do not worry about sending it north. My sister lives in NY and would bring it with her at Christmas time.

lizzie said...

i often visit the sky in my dreams. I dream that I can fly and bounce really really high.

Gwen said...

What is your favorite language?

Turkish. It's so different and mysterious from the other languages I've studied.

Lani Gerity said...

Love this idea and I've tweeted, facebooked, and blogged it:
http://14secretsforahappyartistslife.blogspot.com/

aimee said...

Thank you everyone! Your stories, dreams, and wishes of travel were so much fun to read. I drew a random winner, and it is Mary from Summit Scribes. Congrats!