Mary left for a trip to Costa Rica
on Wednesday, and I have been rattling about a suddenly larger house by myself since then. Well, it's me and the three cats; and without Mary here the cats want their attention from me.
On her adventure to Costa Rica, Mary is accompanying a biology class from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where her brother Philip is a professor; he is on the trip as well, as the orinthologist. This is a learning expedition. There were open seats on the tour, and the cost of going along was too good to pass up. The opportunity to learn about the wilderness of Costa Rica was too good to pass up. Unfortunately only one of us could go, however, because the other one is teaching Advanced Composition at Lakeland College and could not afford to miss five hours of class time.
So that means I've been here alone, talking to myself and the cats, and working long hours straight through without the need to be civil to other human beings in face-to-face situations, except for going to the post office. I have been getting a lot of writing done - both poetry and prose - and have been staying caught up on correcting my Advanced Comp papers. I even went over to Lakeland College on Friday night: students there were holding a "Spoken Word" celebration, reading their own writing to each other in the campus pub. One of my Advanced Comp students had invited me to come read, too, so I gave them some Ben Zen. The students read some remarkably powerful stuff that made you realize how strong they are.
Since Mary has been away, I've gotten back to my walking, which had fallen off due to travel and bad weather. I've been writing poems like crazy, which had fallen off due to lack of time and attention. And I've been talking to myself, which is something I usually do, admittedly, just not to this extent.
Mary will be back a week from tomorrow. In the meantime, here I am, pounding the keyboard and making some progress. Hooray!