Everyone should have a happy place---a mental location that you can visit in your mind when you need a little peace and well-being. (And ideally, visit for real every now and then.) For a long time, my happy place has been this:
The Peter Pan ride at Magic Kingdom.
A few years ago I acquired a second one: the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, sponsor of wonderful writing workshops, purveyor of gracious Benedictine hospitality.
See you in a week or so. In the meantime, a friend of mine sent me this poem for inspiration. A gift:
“Do You Have Any Advice For Those of Us Just Starting Out?" Ron Koertge
Give up sitting dutifully at your desk. Leave your house or apartment. Go out into the world.
It's all right to carry a notebook but a cheap one is best, with pages the color of weak tea and on the front a kitten or a space ship.
...Read the rest at the Library of Congress.
Write well. Love well. Live well.