Bob: where in WMASS? We lived in Granville and Northampton. I also worked at the now-defunct Center for the Arts in westerly, RI. I like your description! The only time I "got the chocolate" was when I sang some fo my brother's songs in concert! otherwise it was pretty thankless.
Don, I'm jealous...I took one semester of metalsmithing...don't have the patience...want to see it done very quickly...so I design and make jewelry using gemstone beads and I love it...balances out the writing.