Oh. My. Goodness. How is it possible that I have NOT blogged here since before Valentine's Day!  Whoa.

It might have something to do with the fact that I travelled to Nepal, came home, got sick, left for PA, came home, got sick and left for DC, came home and got sick again. Oh, Spring. Sigh.

It also might have something to do with my processing my trip to Nepal on the blog dedicated to that trip: http://wherethewildwindblows.blogspot.com/  Check it out. There's some pretty cool God stuff there.

It might have something to do with the fact that I'm swallowed up by Graduate school books. For instance, currently reading "The Eichmann Trial", An economic history of sugar, a collection of  critical essays on film portrayals of the holocaust, and getting ready into delve into a book on the Gay Subculture of early 20th Century New York City. I will have read more books by the end of this academic year than I have in ten years, I think. Retain the information? That's doubtful.

It might have something to do with the fact that I've learned the importance of being quiet. I wrote about it a bit on my Nepal blog, in this post. I was asked recently why I was acting so differently since I came home. Truth is, I don't feel the need to speak anymore. Which, ironically has led me to a place where something has come that requires me to speak. I'm not sure how I feel about that. But, ultimately....there's a greater desire in me to be a quiet, restful spirit. Now applying it.....

It might have something to do with the fact that somewhere between jet lag, a spring break trip and allergies, my physical body is exhausted. I'm vitamin'ed up, healthy eating (mostly) and water drinking...but still...just exhausted. Some days I just would rather stay on the couch and mentally unplug myself. Not being able to breathe is pretty exhausting, I might add. Snifflying and such...blah.

It might  also have something to with the fact that I'm happy. Content. Things haven't been 100% easy street, but I feel like the trip to Nepal and a few sermons by Jonathan Macintosh helped give me a badly needed rudder of God first, and everything else second. When that gets out of whack....everything else gets out of whack too.

All in all....I've been exhausted, busy, and happy. I'm thankful for that. I'm thankful for a lot of things. I suppose I should write about that next. I'm thankful for the happy.

A Favorite quote of mine by Joseph Conrad states:
"Find a place inside where there's joy and the joy will burn out the pain."
That quote best describes my heart these days, minus the exhaustion and sickness. :)


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