Unwinding

Long Beach, CA

Busyness–teaching work hitting me from multiple angles (and I’m supposed to be half be on vacation!). Unlike in the past, though, I’m trying to carve out time for myself: the State of California employs me and it’s high time I begin fighting their escalating attempts to own me. I’m doing a little bit of writing, plugging away (slowly) at my Greek, reading … Most importantly I’m letting my mind drift a little bit … relax, splay out, relax into who I am … Thru this process I’ve begun realizing how ready I am to throw myself into my writing: there are so many any projects getting ripe and it’s time to clear my life so they can happen (I realize I keep coming back to this point in my posts, which of course says something). It’s time for change, (nearly?) time to move …

New books, adventures on the horizon. I’m starting to think serious about my Greece trip this summer and the book connected with it. I’ve also be resurrecting an idea I had awhile back about doing a study of Lawrence Durrell. I’m SO ready for all this. Time is starting to make itself known: friends, family, and heroes have been dying on me in recent years and reminding me that tomorrow is a dangerous concept upon which to rely …

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I’m really enjoying rereading the first volume of Peter Gay‘s Enlightenment study: I missed so much the first time thru it (several years ago). Feeling a huge reading jag coming on–suddenly so much out there is interesting me. Plato’s Republic (another reread) will probably be next. I have a bunch of history books lined up too, as well as Herodotus, Tacitus, and several other volumes from antiquity. I’m not sure why my interest are moving in this direction. I’ve gone down such roads before only to abandon them. I wonder how long this journey will last …