Looking Back on the Final Days 

Carrick and Duncan returned home Friday afternoon, leaving Deirdre and me about 24 hours to ourselves. We basically vegged out. When the sun came out Saturday, Deirdre took her laptop to the porch. I worked out in the backyard, did some meditating, then took the camera down to the lily pond. It is a world if its own; I could have spent days there. I must have been offline for, oh, five hours. Amazing. And, according to Deirdre, against type (while, I point out, she typed away on her iBook).

I also dipped into seven different books over the 10 days. I probably won't read any of them in Looking Backtheir entirely except for a Jack Reacher novel I downloaded to Kindle on my iPod Touch. You could pick up a Reacher novel after six months, I think, and be back into the flow within a paragraph. I expect it to fill the void on long lines and train trips over many weeks.

Other book I enjoyed, but probably not enough to read every word, are Alf Evers' The Catskills: From Wilderness to Woodstock (sections of which I've read for nearly 40 years); My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, Jill Bolte Taylor's story of battling back from the nirvana she discovered when the left side of her brain suffered a massive stroke (watch the video of her talk at the Ted conference here); Ray Kuzweil's The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology (see this story and this one from Newsweek); a book on the Alexander Technique; two books on acupressure (for my plantar faciitis, one of which I downloaded), and a couple of books on Ericksonian trace induction including one I keep going back to, My Voice Will Go With You: The Teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson, M.D., which is edited by Sidney Rosen, M.D. (I had a couple of sessions with  Dr. Rosen myself a dozen years ago. His voice has gone with me, but that's the stuff of another blog.

I didn't get much writing done at all this vacation, as I'd hoped to, but I had a good time with the camera and, sitting in lotus position in front of the lily pads yesterday afternoon, came up with a brilliant business idea for handcrafted furniture. I've not had one of these Kramdenesque schemes in a couple of months, so it felt good. I thought, for a second, that I gone completely rational. That's what too much work and not enough vacations will do.

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