Checking in from the beautiful beginnings of winter on Cape Cod with a few updates for those of you who are still blogwalking with me.
Reintegration, if you will, has been pretty smooth. As many of you probably picked up from the writing I did here, I was ready to be still for a moment or two by the time I hit California. And beyond that, to be with family again, friends, to be involved in a community for more than a day or a week. To belong. And so decompressing at home, working some odd jobs, just breathing a little was important. When I first got there it was “Write! Write! Write!” this sense of urgency like I had to start making sense of what just happened right away now. But I found myself floundering, stymied, and after beating myself up about it for a few days I realized: this is exactly what I need. To just be. To paint my neighbor’s garage and help a friend build a stone path. To get coffee with a long lost buddy. To trounce and get trounced by my brother in ping pong. To just be.
The task, then and now, is to remember that the perspective I got from the walk doesn’t end. Everyone still has an amazing story to tell. The extraordinary is right here and now. While it’s not always easy to see with these eyes, especially when you don’t have the helpful metaphor of a specific and finite journey, I’ve been doing alright. I fade in and out of it, sure, but I think at least some semblance of it stuck. I know it did.
So, the last two months were precious gathering time, rest and preparation. And now I’m in Woods Hole where a few outstandingly kind folks have offered to help me craft an audio piece from the recordings I took. See? The goodness continues to flow. And more big news! I got a little grant to help make it happen. Check it out at transom.org (a great site that deserves perusing).The plan will be to make an hour-long piece destined ultimately for radio, featured first on Transom. Finally, you’ll be able to hear some of these voices, this incredible collage of beautiful, complicated, astonishing humanity. You’ll be able to listen as I listened, and I can’t wait for it.
We’re shooting to get this out by the end of February. After that, I’m hoping to launch a podcast (which is sort of like a radio show except it’s online, for those of you who if asked what a podcast is might answer “spaceship”) that will capture a fuller, more comprehensive vision of my year on the road. More people, more stories, more lessons and vignettes and questions.
And then there’s the writing.
Now that the process has begun, I’ll start updating you now and then with developments, bumps in the road, and little previews, too. And I’m still a fully functioning human being, so maybe I’ll post a few thoughts as they come to me, too.
Thanks for being there. Much love from the Cape!