Well Heather, by mid Sept I had enough backers shoulder tapped to pay you to talk all day to an empty room in this city. Venues are the problem. Big earthquakes are a pain in the butt notwithstanding their propensity to kill as well.
Dear Heather,Sorry about the speaking gig flopping down-under. However, bully for you for your resilient spirit. At least that how I see your spirit being when you say, "I have worked myself into a state of semi-catatonia by trying to be all things to all people and am thus saying no to just about everything that is not essential to my own convalescence for awhile." That's the part I resonate with though I might remove the word convalescence and fill the blank in with something else. That I should do on my own blog and, maybe I will but I need to keep painting (if you see what I did there).Brotherly love in-Christ.
Stephen, thank you SO MUCH for all you did...isn't that so often the way?: either the money and no people or the people and no money...God willing, I'll get to NZ some other time, some other way. That's a splendid photo of you btw.Hello dear Owen--looking at other people's stuff, commenting, giving feedback, writing letters of recommendation, answering questions like "How do I become a writer?", "Why did you convert to Catholicism," and "Isn't abortion more important than poverty because how can you care for poor people if you kill them first" (that's before I've even gotten dressed) at the expense of my own work, sanity and prayer life are just what I need to cut back on...BLESSINGS on your own blog and as always, thank you...
Heather, a period of convalescence, rest, what have you -- silence -- sounds perfect. May it be so!Keeping you in my prayers, as always.
Heather,If you do make it into the MacDowell Colony, I would love to meet up with you for lunch. It's only a half hour from me. I used to work in Peterborough and have fond memories of walking by the colony on my lunch break. Of course, you did say "solitude"... Cheers, Dana Laviano
Would love to meet for coffee if I make it there, Dana--thanks and I'll keep folks posted!
Good luck with McDowell. My college sorority runs (or plays a big part in funding, I forget which) the Colony, so I hope you can get there to enjoy it and I can get the pleasure of knowing that an author I like it benefiting from the funds I sent there! :) (Yes, that's probably selfish on my part, but, what the heck...)
Dear Heather,I just completed a 537-page monograph on God's silence. Would you mind looking it over this weekend and giving me feedback on Monday?Best, Bill
So disappointed to hear this news. I pray you get to New Zealand someday...it is a precious experience. And you would be a treasure for them, too!
I'm actually not that disappointed--have spent enough time in my life trying to tweak, manipulate, shove events into a slot they weren't meant for to know...acceptance is the key.And of course re feeling overwhelmed, the fault is all mine, not anyone else's: my own inability/reluctance to say no, my own willingness to let work and even "service" become a kind of drug, a form of anaesthesia. The good news, as always, is that all roads lead to Christ...who in fact never tried to be all things to all people. He was just Himself...I'm very grateful to you all.
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