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This is the Zen garden at Ginkaku-ji, a Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Kyoto known as the Silver Pavilion. The mound you see in the back is designed to reflect the moon. But the amazing thing about this photograph is that my husband managed to cut out the hordes of tourists who had accompanied us on our pilgrimage.
Journeys are the theme of this week's newsletter. Front and center, we have my paternal grandmother. The one who once told my Auntie May that no good could ever come from educating a pretty girl. You may be able to glean a bit more of her thinking on education in my blog post: Grandma.
This week, my publisher asked me whether Volume Two of the Shanghai Quartet will be ready in time for the Frankfurt Book Fair. Yikes! So it's all systems go as I try to turn a new draft of my novel, Peace Court. If all goes well, you'll hear more about this book soon!
In an attempt to lower my anxiety levels, I have been trying to be more Zen than normal. Reading The Gate by Natsume Soseki was a step in the right direction. Learning how to practice walking meditation was another. Read about how those two activities converged in my book review: Zen.
That's all for now. It's back to the salt mines for me. We'll talk again next week.