Retreat, Day 3

I've been calling my time here at the shore a "retreat." In some ways it is: a retreat from my day job, from my daily routine, and even from my responsibilities back home. (Sorry, guys--you know I love you to death.)

But there's something about a walk along the ocean that puts things in perspective in the most elemental way. One tide comes in, and another goes out in an unchanging cycle; the vastness and permanence of the sea remind us that life is the thing that changes. And we have to change with it. So when I leave here this morning, I leave with several thousand more words, some sand in my shoes, and a renewed appreciation for all that is waiting for me back home. Garden State Parkway, here I come. . . Word count total=715o

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