Tonight, I leave for a two week trip to France, to be spent largely in the Languedoc and Pays Cathar. There will be no new blog posts until Thursday, September 10th, when I return to the States. I may tweet a bit while I'm over there, depending on proximity to wi-fi networks, but I vow to stay as unconnected as possible.
I am grateful to all who read these entries from time to time -- the fact that you do has encouraged me to continue my 'five finger exercises' on behalf of books and their accompanying culture, the natural world, and the so-called examined life. What began as a post-layoff therapy of sorts has grown into my principal way of apprehending the world. To write is to think, and dream, and converse, apparently alone, but always, in actuality, as a member of a supportive community.
Please take special care, for these are weird times, and summer's end can occasionally bring with it some unfortunate surprises as well as the year's loveliest weather. Now I need a little time outside this particular corner of the terrarium.