I thought I was back, but apparently, I wasn’t. At the new year, after a fairly long break, I thought I’d return to somewhat regular blogging, but it hasn’t happened, and there must have been reasons for that. I’ve kept up my resolution, recording daily how I’m doing with eating, exercise, gratitude, generosity, compassion, and mindfulness, and things seem to be going well. I’ve lost five pounds, feel good, have been available for friends with health concerns, have increased my charitable giving, and tried to notice all the good in my life and be thankful for it. I’ve been working hard on my third novel, and playing music, and teaching my class on the power of narrative to a great group of undergraduates in the Honors College at the University of Texas at Dallas.  All good. What I haven’t been doing is promoting myself and marketing the novel that I published last summer. I just can’t generate much energy for that, at least not right now. We’ll see what happens as time passes.

As I prepare to travel to Charlottesville to deliver a couple of talks at the University of Virginia, this seems like a good time to return to blogging—I think. Having said this before, I won’t make promises, but much is going on, and it’s time to start talking about it. I have reached a point of tentative healing in my own illness journey, which has allowed me to better help others. I’ve become slightly more politically active than ever before, which feels about as comfortable as marketing myself, but I’m learning. And, I have begun learning and practicing Transcendental Meditation, which may prove to be the most exciting thing of all. I’m hoping for improved mental clarity and generosity of spirit. That’s a lot to ask, but why not? Besides, it is Spring, a time of renewal and hope. I hope I renew my blogging.

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