I begin with some sad news; Pip has informed me that Will McBride died a few days ago. This is confirmed by news reports and you can read more here and here. He died on January 29th in Berlin at the age of 84. The world has lost a great proponent for a better peaceful world and I believe that despite the controversies stirred by his work, his efforts are being vindicated in the light of reason.
Donations: I had intended to establish a PayPal account for those who wish to make financial contributions to help Pigtails keep running. However, quite coincidentally, I have been reading a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. and realized that despite the nobility of his work, there was still much infighting about the appropriation of funds. Operating this site is challenging enough without the stress of such considerations. I am nevertheless willing to accept contributions privately. You can email your interest to email@example.com and we will discuss the possibility. Monetary help will have to be conducted this way until Pigtails more formally becomes a non-profit organization. As it now stands, my priorities are: 1) Pay for the maintenance of the website and services associated with it, 2) Hire researchers (on a case-by-case basis) to do some of the legwork needed to complete projects now in the pipeline and 3) If there are sufficient funds and there is no other way to access the material, purchase hard-copy materials of interest so they can be used in posts. My accountant informs me that there are other considerations as well, but those would be more properly discussed in direct communications.
Snail’s Pace: I do recognize that new posts have been more gradual lately. Thank goodness there are the contributions of other writers now. This state of affairs is due to the enormous amount of information coming my way. Also, some artists and collectors have shown an increased interest in meaningful collaborations which will make this site stand out even more. In any event, the fruits of my current efforts will become apparent to the general readership in time; there are a couple of big projects in the works that need my ongoing attention right now.
Wish List: I made some small mention of the new Wish List page last month. Unfortunately, I think most of you have missed it as I have not gotten one inquiry or offer of information yet. I will continue to add/remove names as needed, but without the expertise of readers, many of these leads will kind of dead end and I will have to put up rather perfunctory posts on these artists.
Best of wishes to you all, -Ron