First. It’s mid-summer and my flowers are crisping up. I’m having lots of friends over for wine and tapas on the patio. I’m reading Megyn Kelly’s and Al Franken’s memoirs and binge-watching The Americans.
Second. Seems like this day comes earlier every year, but yesterday the “79-cent therapist” of my youth became my “19-cent therapist” for all of 2018! School supplies are on sale in the grocery store. What can I say? I’m in bliss after my annual stock-up on simple (but never simplistic) spiral notebooks.
Third. I’ve been trying to wrangle a learning curve so that I can put the online version of the Journal to the Self workshop and my continuing education classes for therapists on a stable, well-functioning platform. I did extensive research on the top 8 or 10 systems and made an informed choice. Many frustrated hours into it, I still felt inept. I moved to my second choice and within 15 minutes I was competent. Moral (in my dad’s voice): If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Fourth. A few months ago I joined a newly forming writing critique group and dug out my half-finished novel, Sausalito, which ran out of plot about 12 years ago. After some drops-and-adds I think we’ve arrived at a really great combination of seven writers with completely different styles and projects. Like my pottery class, I probably wouldn’t have met any of these people (except for my hairdresser, who started the group) if we hadn’t come together in this form. As a bonus, I’m actually making progress on my novel!
Fifth. My grand-nephew, Jace, who started life 21 months ago at just under two pounds, is now a robust chunk of boy who runs, climbs and eats anything in sight. What a miracle! He loves my sister’s family dog, so my niece floated the idea of a dog to her husband. He vetoed it. “I played the micro-preemie card and everything,” she said.
That’s it for me! Your turn! Write a Snippet about what you’re doing at midsummer and post it in the Comments.
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