Our vacation time is rapidly coming to an end – tomorrow morning we leave for home, and, by the magic of time constructs, we arrive home 5 hours later when it will already be well past dinner time. Flying makes the strange stranger.

This was a good trip – we spent time with friends, I managed a trip into the city to meet with the people that work in the local office of the nonprofit I volunteer with, and we also spent a fair amount of time alone seeing what being on our own here on mars would be like. And it was a productive trip – the 55+ communities that we visited all had their pros (and cons), but we really felt positive about the first one, although we still have more research to do into possible places to move to when the time comes. There are just too many choices in this part of the world. We visited a couple of other places today that have potential, but much of the decision is ultimately contingent on when our house sells, and how much it actually sells for – especially since we do still have a mortgage to pay off. I’m sure, though, that in the end things will work out. They usually do (even if it isn’t the way we’d planned).

And with all of the planning for the future, its easy to forget that we need to be present right where we are. On that philosophical note, I leave you this thought from Eckhart Tolle:

“Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now. And that’s a revelation for some people: to realize that your life is only ever now.”


View of the Painted Desert from the Sunset Crater – Wupatki Loop road, July 9, 2018