I'm up here in the beauty of Rabun Gap and the wonderfully supportive environment of the Hambidge Center. These two weeks are needed medicine for my hurried lifestyle and I am trying my best to slow down and regain some of the inner silence so easily drowned out by the clamor of all things urban. This morning I hiked up Owen's Mountain with my fellow artists in residence and a number of other poets (who did readings along the way) and naturalists. We were led in a Native ceremony focused on health and thanks on the Cherokee ceremonial grounds at the crest of the mountain. What fuel for the making of Sanity Ceremonies! I think I'm getting a little less crazy with each inhale. and I am thankful.
Here is a little photo taken by Dayna Thacker of a showing for Hambidge's Great Artdoors Festival on Saturday for which I was accompanied by exquisite cellist, Marie Dunkle.