Vacation Highlight

Last week I disappeared off of the blog radar for a spell while I went on vacation. When I went back to work this past Monday I had three people ask me what the highlight of my vacation was.  The same answer to all three people resulted in the same response from all three.

Clearly these were not writing co-workers who asked me the question.

As we were walking on the sidewalk in Taos, taking in the sights–and there are a lot of sights in Taos, many of which involve people–I saw a sign propped on the sidewalk in front of Brodsky Books bookstore – Natalie Goldberg was to appear there that evening from 4:00 – 6:00.  I stopped dead in my tracks,  grabbed my husband’s arm to stop him from walking any further and tried not to trip over my jaw that hit the ground. That couldn’t possibly be THE Natalie Goldberg, could it? The one who’s books Wild Mind and Writing Down the Bones offered validation to my love of writing?  And what about Old Friend From Far Away that is now assisting me in writing my memoir? Oh Man! I seriously could not contain my excitement! And thank goodness my husband knows me well enough to allow me a moment to catch my breath before expecting to know the reason for my “crazy.”


The rest of the afternoon I checked my watch every few minutes to be sure I wouldn’t be late, and when I got there I unashamedly squished myself into the already packed room. My husband, bless him, walked back to the lodge where we were staying and left me there to bask in the glow of the writerly atmosphere, surrounded by books, people who love words and story, and  listen to Natalie read her work.

After I floated dreamily back to the lodge–no joke–I thanked God for being with me on that vacation, because that was no coincidence.  That was a gift from my Father. And then I wrote.  I wrote with renewed passion and enthusiasm fueled by that blessing, hoping I was blessing my Father.

And Taos? The artistic vibe there was amazing. It bred creativity like no place else I’ve ever been.

“Life is not orderly. No matter how we try to make it so, right in the middle of it we die, lose a leg, fall in love, or drop a jar of applesauce.”
Natalie Goldberg





12 thoughts on “Vacation Highlight

  1. What a great experience! I understand what you felt. Highlight of my trip to Tennessee last year – touching the remaining foundation of my great grandparents house. The Grand Ole Opry and Graceland were wonderful memories but in the hills of Tennessee, I found what had eluded me in the story of my great grandmother. She was real and in the moment, alive for me. I will have to look into the books and I love the quote.


    • That is so awesome! My husband’s grandparents homestead was torn down and there is now retail/business establishments built there. My husband has a brick from the old house which he built into our fireplace as a focal point. Is so cool! I’ll have to blog on that one of these days. 🙂


  2. Rhonda, somehow I missed this post…How cool is that? I ADORE Natalie Goldberg!!! How blessed you are. And your vacation sounded lovely too. It’s nice when the muse returns. BTW, I use the word “writerly” all the time…


    • I could hardly believe it when I saw she was going to be there. I was like a little girl on Christmas morning. LOL! Even though it snowed and was chilly on vacation, it was so relaxing and refreshing! 🙂


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