I'm back from my spiritual retreat with my religious group. We were at a retreat house near Reading, PA, "Mariawald." This building here is not the retreat house, but the convent of the Sisters who host the retreat house. I drew it sitting on a bench near one of the two ponds, where ducks and geese glide on the water and domestic swans are raising a family. It was peaceful there and there were lots of birds to watch. The retreat was full of activity though, so it was perhaps not as restful as I would like. I am going away next weekend too, to a quite different event: "Costumecon" which is a convention for people who make, wear, and design fantasy costumes.