Dear Friends,

We hope you are all well. It is hard to believe that it is already June 1 st . While in many ways time seems to have come to a standstill over the last few months, in other ways it is flying by with summer officially starting soon and many people teeming with thoughts of how to make this summer as fulfilling and normal as possible.

Our message this week is much trickier to write than all the others have been thus far. We have all been consumed by the pandemic; how we are coping, staying connected and everyone’s general wellbeing. The pandemic continues on, but as many countries are re-opening, people are getting more used to and secure in their routines and the ‘new normal’ is becoming the normal, as it has time and time again throughout history.

That said, however, the events in the United States this past week should never ever be considered the ‘normal’ new or otherwise. Racism, discrimination and violating another human being’s civil rights are wrong. Period. No questions. And it must stop. It is infuriating and beyond disheartening when events occur like the senseless death of George Floyd, and we realize that as a society while we have accomplished so much, we still have a very very long way to go. As much as we may have changed over the last months, some things sadly have remained the same.

George Floyd was someone’s son. He was someone’s grandson, brother, father, nephew, partner, and friend. George Floyd was a fellow citizen and a voice. George Floyd can no longer consider what his ‘new normal’ will be or what his plans will look like this summer. George Floyd’s choices have been taken from him. Please take a moment to pause and send up positive energy and love to George’s family and friends, and to the universe in general that this darkness stops. Now. Once and for all. And take the time to give thanks for all you have in your life, and try to never take it for granted.

This past week at the resort, nature gave us a plethora of reason to be grateful. New leaves unfurling each day. Colors becoming richer and more inspiring. Sunsets setting the skies ablaze. Robins intertwining their nests in the crabapple trees… all fostering a sense of hope. We hosted a small intimate wedding at the resort. It was of course very scaled back from the bride and groom’s original plans, but we were happy to offer a peaceful, safe and comforting setting in which they could come together to exchange their vows of commitment and celebrate.

And we are eternally grateful for Sue and Denny’s safe return to the resort. They rolled in yesterday evening after several days of driving. We enjoyed a lovely responsible socially distant pontoon ride together to catch the ‘welcome back sunset’. It is a wonderful feeling to have the whole family back home and we all look forward to seeing each and every one of you soon.

Please enjoy some images of our recent moments below, and please be kind to one another. Today, tomorrow and always.

Thank you for being a part of our family.
 
With love,
Sue, Denny, Steph, Todd, Scott and James


P.S. If any of you have found inspiration in our photographs that have resulted in drawings or paintings, we would love to see them and share them! Please email your works to art@dillmans.com – subject line: INSPIRED MOMENTS – DILLMAN’S