Successfully balancing a full-time job, kids and your art is all about various forms of sacrifice. This balance is a work in progress. I allocate my time and concentration so that each pursuit essentially takes turns being compromised.
In order for cost and supply to keep up with the demand artists often use cheap and accessible materials such plywood, particleboard and Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF). What these products don't tell you are the makeup of MDF board is toxic.
The discussion this day though was what had happened following the storm. There was talk of the difficulties faced in doing business and troubles with cell phone coverage; but mostly about the damage the storm had done to "art."
I'd like to take a page, pun intended, from the Slow Movement and suggest "Slow Information," the ongoing inheritance of the 15th C. technology of Gutenberg. It's still going on, and not just at Colonial Williamsburg.