Returning Home

As magical as it is to fly away to a new, undiscovered place (Iowa, for example)…

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IMG_0100 (Poetry section in Prairie Lights Books, which I highly recommend)
IMG_0091 (Art on the wall at Prairie Lights Books)
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(University of Iowa campus)

to push yourself toward a thing that is outside of your comfort zone (say, taking a writing class and opening your notebook to a group of strangers at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival in a workshop entitled “Mixology: Writing from Source Material, with a Twist” as I did this past weekend),

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it can be even more wonderful to find yourself back home again,  where the flowers seem to have bloomed larger and brighter since you departed,

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your loved ones seem to snuggle just a touch closer,

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and the sky paints a special “good evening” in celebration of your return. You place your tired head upon your own pillow, whispering thanks for a new place in your heart, and fall fast asleep. Home again.

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