In case anyone out there has been romanticizing the start of my hermitage stay, it's taken me about 36 hours to unpack, grocery shop, realize things I forgot to bring (include warm clothes - hello?), go to Target for a few said warm clothes plus a few kitchen things, figure out how to work the coffeemaker, and get myself to daily prayer. Spiritual life is never a downhill jaunt, I'm just sayin'!
My sabbatical has also been shaped by what I've been reading - themes of journey, interior and exterior, self-identity, simplicity, and food!
Emily Dickinson: A Biography by Connie Ann Kirk
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
You're Made For a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door To All God Has For You by Holley Gerth
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual, by Michael Pollan
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, by Jen Hatmaker
Cheap and Good, by Leanne Brown (how to eat well on $4 a day - a cookbook designed for folks on SNAP) http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/08/01/337141837/cheap-eats-cookbook-shows-how-to-eat-well-on-a-food-stamp-budget