Summer is the season for letting go. It’s our time to be unserious and reasonably irresponsible. “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability,” as Sam Keen says. Amen to that. In this month’s column in Contemplative Journal, I look at “Life Unplugged” and the fact that “your relationship to time may be, in fact, the most important relationship of your life.” I hope you enjoy the piece. Click here to read.
Here’s my latest piece for Purple Clover. It’s called “My Invisible Lover,” and tells the story of Laura Sauvebelle, my college French professor, literary mentor, and friend with memorable benefits. When I moved to the south of France this summer, I hoped to find my old friend again but what awaited me was something I never expected. Sometimes the past comes back to haunt you. Read the piece here.
Talking to poet Ellen Bass for Psychology Today was a genuine honor. I have admired Ellen’s work since the 1980s and found her as inspired and masterful in conversation as she is on the written page. Much honored for her poems (she studied with Anne Sexton), and best known for her book, The Courage to Heal, Ellen talked to me about why art matters and her latest collection, No More Masks! Read the Psychology Today post here.
Summer is the season for stopping the rat race, for leisure, pleasure, letting go, drawing outside the margins, and cultivating irresponsibility. Our lives are far too responsible, we’re entirely too grown up too much of the time, and summer is a chance to unplug and live younger. To play.
“We are poor, indeed, if we are only sane,” wrote Winnicott. But how do we unplug from our hyperventilating lives? Even if we’re not outwardly busy, most of us are very busy inside our heads, worrying, planning, clutching at order. How would it be to release our grip? Let ourselves breathe? Have some new ideas?
This is what I’ll be talking about this Sunday in “Life Unplugged,” this month’s edition of The Seekers Forum. For more information or to register for The Seekers Forum, click here.
Reader’s Digest chose “The Boy He Left Behind” as one of its “17 Memoirs Everyone Should Read” in this month’s issue. I’m honored to be in such great company, including Peter Matthiessen, Patricia Volk, Frank McCourt, especially since the book has just been reissued. This memoir is especially close to my heart: It’s the story of looking for my father, who disappeared when I was four years old. Writing it was a rite of passage and what a nice surprise to have been chosen! Get more info or buy the book here.
What a wonderful time we had at “The Story of Your Life” retreat in France! A week of writing, conversation, touring the Dordogne, and eating too much cheese and chocolate. Thank you to the fascinating class of 2014 for your excellent work and company. You came from Johannesburg, Helsinki, London, and across the United States to this village in southwestern France, and I’m grateful to have met you! I hope that our paths will cross again soon.