On Retreat, Blog Break

Another major blog break, from today through this coming Wednesday. I'll be at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, for a 5 day retreat, with Joseph Goldstien, Gina Sharpe, Rachel Bagby, and Russell Brown. I am very much looking forward to it. I'm still pretty restless and impatient. And there are all sorts of other kinds of emotional issues raising their heads. So it's going to be a very interesting retreat, for sure.

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Harry Potter

OK, my very quick, and spoiler free, review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It was great. It was the best yet. The last one (Order of the Phoenix) had way, way too much teenage angst. This one was largely free of it (although there was plenty of "snogging" – I'll let you read to figure out what that means.)

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Responding to Blogs

I like reading blogs. I like commenting on blogs. I like writing blogs. I like the back-and-forth that comes from people reacting off of what others say. One of the things I've realized in the past couple of months of doing fairly intensive blogging is that I notice when:

– I can't post a comment without signing up to something
– I can't trackback

I don't mind so much when I can do one or the other (comment or trackback). I really mind when I can't do either.

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North, not South

In planning the drive across country, the heat wave has convinced us (a friend of mine is driving out with me) to go for the route that's more northern, instead of going south. It would have been nice to go through New Mexico and Arizona, but it would also be nice to be comfortable.

One of my jobs this week was to go to AAA to get tour books and maps and the like. This is starting to feel very real…

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Restless and inundated

I've been feeling a bit restless, over the past week or so. Chomping at the bit, as it were, ready to head in my car, and head out west. It's a strange mix, restlessness, some anxiety about this new venture, and real sadness about leaving friends, and this place that has been home for a long time, behind me. It is making things a bit surreal, but my life has felt like a Dali painting for about 6 months now.

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Design Change

Slight design change. I felt the site needed a bit of jazz, and typepad has some new templates to try. In general, I've been focusing more on content than on presentation. And given the fact that I am not a designer, by any stretch of the imagination, that's probably a good thing.
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