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As a proper hippy, it is my obligation to share with you this organization. Their mission is to help Americans realize the folly of overwork and live more like the Europeans, that is, with vacation!

Yes, I do want to start a revolution (would you expect anything less from me?), and you should too. Life is too short for all the working we do, without commensurate reward. Life is so precious and fleeting. No matter how much money you amass, you can’t buy more life or time.

So, today you traded in 24 hours. That’s 24 hours more of your cells aging, 24 hours less you have to live. How did you spend your time? How are you going to spend it tomorrow?

How will we ever get out of this rut that day by day whittles away at our chance to savor life?


In the history of homo sapiens, I doubt any person has ever looked forward to a birthday as much as I am. Though my original plan to be in Paris didn’t work out, the backup to be in the Grand Canyon is looking really promising. My wonderful husband has spent countless hours on the Internet planning out our itinerary (he’s the researcher, remember) and it all seems to be coming together. We were still missing lodging for the time at the Grand Canyon. Of course, all camping this late is full and to be honest, in a way I don’t feel like dealing with bear lockers and paying for showers.

Tonight I looked on Yahoo maps and clicked the “show hotels” feature. Bing! A hotel popped up immediately and there was a vacancy. Some of the ratings were bad, people didn’t like the size of the rooms (too small), and that there was no tv, but as long as I have a comfortable bed, what do I care? I’ll have a toilet that I don’t have to get dressed to use in the middle of the night. Mind you, I love camping, but damn, sometimes you don’t want to grope around for the flashlight when the potty urge hits you. The cabin is rustic (fine by me!) and there’s wireless Internet access in the hotel lobby. I’m hoping I’ll be able to update my blog as we travel. That may be too ambitious, but nonetheless, we have a hotel!! The food was consistently rated as outstanding too.

I am so looking forward to this vacation. Instead of dealing with rude French people, I’ll be seeing some of the most beautiful places on earth. Nature is about the only place where I can truly say I feel spiritual, the only thing that makes me feel connected to or consider the possibility that there may be a God.


June 2023