Keep Them Rakes Comin'!

The people in
this photo were impressed by The Rake’s depth and breadth of subject
matter. Some of them are Twin Citians on vacation; two spend their
time now between Tucson and Puerto Vallarta (the Rake began publishing after they
left Minnesota, and they have enjoyed their copies so much they are
passing them on to other folks, including Canadians); one is a
California dress designer who created gowns worn at the Oscars this
year and last; one is a painter who spent eight years sailing around
the world, and authored a book about her adventures. There’s a former
school teacher who recently played to sell-out crowds in the musical Those Sassy Sixties, at the Santa Barbara Theater in Puerto Vallarta, a nurse
practitioner, a yoga teacher from San Diego, a psychotherapist/wood
carver, and a former advertising agency owner who is writing his first
detective novel. Can you tell who’s who??

The
photo was taken on the veranda of a condo overlooking the Bay of
Banderas. Whales have been spotted from this spot, and pelicans sail
by in stately groups to spend their evenings at Los Arcos, the rock
arches near Mismaloya Beach south of Puerto Vallarta. Most of the
people in the photo had not seen The Rake before, and all clamored to
keep at least one copy. Favorite article: Jeannine Ouellette’s
feature about imagination in the November 2007 Rake. The request from
the former Minnesotans: Keep them Rakes comin’ our way!

I
was glad to hand over the copies of The Rake, as I find I am loathe to
put them in recycling; I want to keep them all! If The Rake publishes
for many more years, as I hope it will, I could become one of those
people who can only walk in small paths through their residences, as The Rakes will be piled up to the ceilings.

Thanks for the consistently excellent publication. It’s one of the few I read from cover to cover.

Catherine Mora Cleary, Minneapolis
Red Handed