Summertime Reflections: Catching Up on Life
This has been a pretty busy summer for me. My life seems to go through cycles of being extremely busy (most of the time) interspersed with short lulls. The lulls are never long enough. And I often mix business and pleasure, to try and get a vacation while working. I don’t recommend this mix!
An example of this occurred while I was at Cape Cod for my third straight year. Cape Cod is an extremely beautiful, rustic area (the mid to lower cape, that is). Much of it is in the National Seashore Park, which means it is protected federal wildlife areas. The traffic is usually pretty bad during the season, and this year was no exception. We rented a house on the Bay side again this year, and it was a beautiful, airy place. The sea breeze blew right through the house at night, making sleeping extremely peaceful.
So here I am in the middle of all of these beauty and nature and seashore and beaches and more. Yet to get here, you need to drive nearly 3 hours battling some of the worst traffic in the world (Boston and the canal bridge). But I also wasn’t on the Cape to enjoy the wildlife. I was there to teach, of all things, how to get online! To uninitiated professionals, much like I was a few years ago… Every year we do this (Gil Levin and I; this is the 3rd year of the symposium) and every year we get better at it. This year was the best yet, with a smaller yet more cohesive and wonderfully eager group.
It seems like one of life’s little ironies that we should teach the most advanced technical and popular aspects of computers in a remote, rural and generally rustic area of the country! Surprisingly, they even have an ISP which provides Internet service to the Cape.
But I never did get a chance to lay out and enjoy the sun. Yes, we went whale watching and saw both whales and dolphins (the dolphins are cuter!). Yes, we walked on the beach. We tried hiking, but it was far too hot for too long a walk. Cape Cod is a wonderful place to visit and if you are able, I encourage you to try and plan a vacation there some time. Or write it off as an education expense and attend one of the 30 workshops made available all summer on the Cape through the Cape Cod Institute.
Or even come out and learn more about the online world! 😉
A lot else is going on in the upcoming few weeks. My second book will be published on August 8. I’m very excited and pleased because this has been some of my best work in writing. Ever. I’m already planning a new book, which I’ll share more with you about when I get a solid proposal down in writing and a chapter written.
The American Psychological Association will be holding their annual festival which they call a “convention.” It’s more like a mad-house. Hundreds of presentations to choose from and only 24 hours in a day. It’s amazing psychologists can take anything useful away from so many choices. Information overload to the extreme. Mirror of the online world, or vice-a-versa?