After nearly two weeks in Northern CA and before that two weeks of travel to Memphis, Philadelphia and Virginia, I feel ready to crash for a few days.
Sitting here in San Francisco airport, I try to catch my breath. Fortunately I did two things during this trip to help me refresh. I went to a Japanese bath and spa–a vacation in an afternoon. A few days later I took a short hike through a redwood forest.
As an artist and an activist, I begin to realize how important it is to maintain a rhythm of creativity, work, socializing and quiet rest. Going to Quaker meeting for worship, walks in the woods, evenings with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and good laughs with friends all help me to recharge.
On the road I find it virtually impossible to maintain any sort of routine. My writing, my healthy eating, my exercise all goes to the wayside. I think that is the challenge for me this year, to do the work while I still live my life.