Over the course of our lives, there are times when we need to step back. Grieving for my mother has caused me to step back from writing and any significant connection with technology. That’s been good. In some ways, I feel as though I’ve been sort of floating through life these last couple of months. If the things that really matter are imagined to be beautiful balloons, I have been holding tightly, the past couple of months, to the strings that link me to family and faith. Now it’s time to grasp for those strings that reconnect me with my art and my words.