I spent five days along the shores of Lake Michigan at a writing retreat arranged with friend and novelist Jane Hoppe. I focused on my August 2011 circling of Lake Superior to experience and explore the islands and coasts. I fleshed out the chapter outline for my book and finalized the interview protocol for the interviews I will conduct during field research around the lakes. Somehow the soulful depth of this journey has taken hold and I wonder how my life will now unfold.
Life is still chaotic as I face what seem like endless boxes that need to be unpacked and two offices that need to be organized. But in the past two months I’ve done the move and been on trips to the Georgian Bay, Cape Cod, and Bowling Green, KY. In August I start my circle tour of Lake Superior. Now time to get back to the beloved islands, my writing and photography, and getting reacquainted with UM-Dearborn (where my islands office is) and Ann Arbor (where my new home is). But first time to tackle those boxes!