Summertime, and the living is easy

I am LOVING summer vacation.  It is so nice to have time to do all the things I don’t do the rest of the year (like, you know, clean house).   And not having to do any grading for two whole months is — well, it’s impossible to describe.  It’s like drinking a bottle of really expensive wine, or being in love.  It’s heady.  It’s intoxicating.  It’ s heaven.

In other news:
* Had a great San Francisco “mini-conference” today with fellow writers Lisa Hendey, Christine Watkins, and Julie Paavola.   It was marvelous to meet and talk shop and pray together.  Writing is such a solitary endeavor that it’s always a treat to connect.

*Last week, I found out that I won a Catholic Press Association Award for my columns for Catholic San Francisco! — an Honorable Mention in the category of Family Life.  Woo hoo!  That was a remarkably nice bit of news in the middle of the drudgery of finals week.  (If you want to read a few of my columns, you can click here, and here, and here.)

* Every now and then, even this totally unartistic person gets a flash of inspiration.  As beautiful as these homegrown roses are, I think they’re even nicer paired with a few sprigs from my lavender plant … wouldn’t you agree?

(No, I don’t normally put my vases on the carpet.  I was just looking for the best light for the photo.)

So how is YOUR summer going so far?

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