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August 10th, 2012

A Brief Interlude

I have been on the road since July 26, and will continue to be on the road until well after Worldcon. Sorry for the lack of postings...

Most recently, I've just come off my annual eight day silent retreat. How the rest of the world functions without such a period of no speaking (no newspapers, no internet, no email) and five hours a day of prayer, I do not understand. Perhaps that explains many things... though even many of my fellow Jesuits (and I) can be just as distracted and confused as the rest of humanity, even after our retreats. Still, it really helps me -- the way that a vacation can't. 

I am being deliberately vague about where I have been so far, since I know I have been in the same cities as many of my friends here on LJ but completely unable to get the time to visit with them. I will just mention that the retreat house where I was staying these past eight days was on a hilltop overlooking a certain valley, across from which Zeppelin hangers were visible out my window...

While I was away, the preliminary Chicon schedule was distributed to program participants. I will wait for the final version before posting details here, but I am participating in seven events, so they do plan to keep me busy. Plus a film crew is talking about following me around on Saturday and Sunday. (Don't ask.)

Today I pick up my visa to visit China; tonight I leave for Australia and the Meteoritical Society annual meeting in Cairns.

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