Perfect. Not perfect.

7 thoughts on “Perfect. Not perfect.”

  1. Hi Gayle,
    Had the same thoughts about tourists visiting the Grand Canyon yet we are they and they are to be expected here. And what I have edited from FB is how awful I have been feeling on this trip. Absolutely exhausted and nauseous and pushed to my limit but also to be expected with 10 % kidney function. Last trip for me until I get a transplant. Oy. But the views are splendid.

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    1. Ah yes. There are definitely different levels to a vacation. The visual, the heart experience, and then there is of course, the body. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re feeling a bit like my grandfather (and me), in the not poifect realm. Which realm, I believe covers a lot of territory from just not feeling 100% to feeling downright shitty. And when we don’t have our usual distractions or comforts, the body can let its unhappiness be known quite strongly. So I feel you. And I’m happy that you feel free and safe to write your truth here. Much love to you my friend.. Let’s find you a kidney donor! Hoping and praying. And glad that in the meantime, you are getting to see and love the magnificent Grand Canyon.


  2. This post is practically “poifect” in every way. It is sweet and thought-provoking. The world is definitely not “poifect” but vacations are a good way to remind ourselves that there is still a lot of good in this messy world of ours. Good to check out for awhile and revel in the perfect as there’s a lot of time for it’s opposite (as I write this on a decidedly crappy news day). Enjoy your perfect Uzes and the rest of your trip. I’m loving your photos and your writing. Keep it coming.


    1. Thank you Terri. I totally agree, though checking-out when your heart is elsewhere I’ve found difficult. My heart is here too, however, and the longer I’m in this region, the more full my heart feels. And my mind quiets down a little.. xoxo, g


  3. I was going to say more or less what Terri already said more perfectly than I could have. So this is just to say, I read this absorbing, delightful blog entry and felt as if I was (were?!) sitting in the same room.

    And did I tell you I ran into your ex at our mutual friend Ellen Bravo’s reading (from her first novel “Again and Again”) at Book Passage? A perfect coincidence. Another connecting synchronicity. And you know how I love those! I’ll tell you all about it!

    Keep on keepin’ on in your inimitable insightful way. 🙂


    1. Hi Anita, great to “see” you here. Thanks always for your loving supportive words. I’m so glad you feel like you’re sitting here. I’m sure you’re imagining it perfectly. It’s good to have you here. See you soon! xoxo,


  4. So “here’s the thing”: you are on vacation–it’s probably a good thing to miss out on the news. Most of our news is not good- You know, “if it bleeds, it leads”.
    Sorry about your bed. I was in Europe once, visiting England for a week and Paris for a couple of days. I found accommodations way less comfortable than here. Maybe we’re a little spoiled. Here in the U.S. Hope you brought your own pillow. Despite your bed situation, your trip still sounds wonderful. And the food…definitely the rights decision to enjoy it–Push the guilt out of the picture! Taking the “good” memory shots is also the best!! When you look back at these pictures, you will be filled with happiness. We are all filled with happiness when we look at them… So keep spreading the joy.
    Hope you sleep well tonite and have good dreams.


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