Well not literally. I don’t even like fishing. It’s boring and I hate eviscerating worms. But I am sort of entering holiday mode, and that’s why you haven’t heard from me for awhile. Judging by page-view statistics, many of you are in vacation mode as well. I HOPE you are having fun.
We drove for 12 hours from the Netherlands to the south of France a couple of days ago. Played an audio book for six of those hours and the boys slept through most of the rest. Now we’re staying in a very relaxing spot in Provence, the kids have a pool and other pastimes to occupy them, and I can hide away with my laptop and write write write. That is actually bliss for me. The best vacation I can imagine. I plan to finish my book, “The Biology of Desire,” within another month. Think I can do it?
We ended this season with three splendid guest posts that dealt with treatment/recovery issues. That followed my blow-by-blow account of getting off painkillers after spinal surgery. I think that was a good way to end “the season.” As with the Netherlands’ accomplishments in football, we maybe didn’t win the cup but we played well and got close. And okay, cheesy metaphor, but I really do feel that we are a team. The flurry of comments and discussions following each post were moving and intelligent, informative and productive. You wouldn’t believe how many emails I get congratulating me on the quality of this blog. A lot of that credit goes to you, my readers and co-posters.
By the way, my back is in great shape. Zero pain, which is very nice for two reasons: (1) I really don’t like pain and (2) it does have a tendency to get me thinking about painkillers. I’ve been off pain and painkillers for a couple of months now, and it’s all good. Life feels interesting, full of possibilities, and relatively content.
I may post the occasional piece in the next month or two, but probably won’t really pick up until we’re settled in California — Isabel’s sabbatical and my chance to start another book, beginning in September.
Until then, I wish you all a wonderful summer, full of peace, fun, mindfulness, relaxation, happy abstinence or moderate controlled use (whatever works for you) and — what seems to make it all happen — a healthy dose of self-forgiveness.