Coming Home. I was just in London for a week, there to lecture at the Magic Circle, the world's most prestigious magic organization. It was an incredible thrill, and the whole trip was wonderful. Yet Peekskill was never far from my thoughts. My London friends, old and new, marvelled at the wonders of our little city's Arts Community, and Peekskill's walkability, and so many of the other things I've written about in my blog and am always happy to relate to anyone who'll listen. We may soon have an influx of curious Brits!
I had other reminders of Peekskill. My mani/pedi - that I dashed across Main Street to get the day I left - held up beautifully. Nine days later there's still not one chip. The jacket that I wore for my lecture, which perfectly complimented the color scheme of the Magic Circle's theatre (and about which I received many compliments) - you guessed it: from the Salvation Army store on Main Street. Through the miracle of the internet I read the Patch while I was away. From the sophisticated metropolis of London, we seem charmingly provincial. (My favorite Patch headline was about the t.) London was wonderful and amazing, but nobody smiled and said hello on the street.
After my long journey home, it was lovely to be greeted by the new Gone just a week and there's already something wonderful and new! I'll go take a closer look at it this morning.
Now it's time to jump into action re. this weekend - somehow my magic shows, qigong demo and free acupuncture clinic (all at Energy Movement Center) didn't make it into the Patch coverage and schedule. Better remedy that and get the word out!!
In the meantime, it's great to be HOME.