As the sun sinks behind "J" Mountain, a gust of wind swoops down into every nook and cranny, gathering with it all the remnants of the day and carrying them away. Night is on its way, along with it the coyotes and owls, and creatures both loud and mighty. As this day slips away, where do its memories linger, if not written by hand on a lonely sheet of notebook paper? The breeze rushes through my studio windows, it whispers like a silent blessing. The twilight hour blooms, my favorite part of the day when it's not quite dark and not quite light - the magical hours where the veil is at its thinnest. That is where I'll stay, along with the hippies, artists and thieves, weaving our webs throughout the night until sun breaks the sky and the rooster in the gulch announces the rise of the sun, and the wind swoops down the mountain again, claiming another new day.
From the Journal of Zushka
Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Wow, what a summer this has been and there's still 10 days left. I'm taking a break between book signings, a much needed rest from my hectic schedule. A dip in the healing waters of Oak Creek in the beautiful city of Sedona, Arizona, is the perfect place for me to be today.
I've met some of the most extraordinary people during my Summer Book Signing Tour. A surprise interview by a reporter from NPR and a mention on the radio was awesome. I shared stories with tons of people with similar life-journies. Incredible connections were made between me and film makers, movie producers, script-writers and photographers at the Jerome Indie Film & Music Fair, which just happened to take place at the Jerome Art Center where my writing studio is located. I helped organizations and friends along the way, donating portions of my book sales to help out with their causes. Some of the best interactions were with people from the east coast, where I was born and raised. But the most astounding situations were with people whom I would have never come into contact with if it had not been for the timing of the events - those were the best of all.
Although these are all wonderful things happening in my life, including the book sales, it can be overwhelming. Remembering to take care of myself first is important. How many of us start our day running at full-speed and don't seem to stop until we collapse at night to fall asleep? I was that person for decades. Time to recharge my batteries by doing nothing, which sometimes seems to be the hardest thing for me.
I am most grateful for the experiences with all of you, and it's not over yet! More book signings are coming this fall. Check out my Buzz Page calendar - I'll be in Bisbee, Arizona, on Friday, October 13th (yes, "Friday the 13th") at Bisbee Books & Music, and at Goldenstein's Gallery in lovely Sedona for Artists Coffee Talk on Saturday, November 11th.
I am taking the time necessary today for myself, to do absolutely nothing but relax, meditate, breathe and accept this amazingly beautiful, abundant and prosperous life.
In love and gratitude ~ Zushka
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