Although I find myself completely incapable of doing any serious work during my time in the forest (no internet, and minimal cell service) I do get to dust off old songs and convene an annual sing-around of musical friends. In years past those gatherings would host a dozen or so for a meal and an evening of song. Last summer we skipped a year in honor of the pandemic, and the Covid shadow haunted this summer as well. But long time friends Hugh Hanley and Paul Despinosa showed up and, though we were few, the three of us sang into the late evening, if not the wee hours. On a separate visit Bill Harley and Debbie Bloch came by for a meal and a visit and Bill gifted us with his wonderful new novel Now You Say Yes. My main activity on vacation is reading through the stack of books that have been piling up on my bedside table all year, but they all got put aside for a reading of Bill’s book, easily my favorite read of the summer.