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  • My name is Peter and I'm a Cowbirdaholic.

    I feel traitorous saying that….how can so lovely a community be, in any way, wrong or not good?

    That, of course, is exactly the problem....it's TOO good.

    I am spending way too much time and energy and creative juice here, in our beautiful nest/pasture...and I'm simply not able to manage it all with grace and balance. This, of course, speaks to my lifelong desire (compulsion) of Big Time Wanting It All.....not wanting to miss anything, to partake to the fullest (and quoting Buzz Lightyear) “And Beyond.”

    So, I'm taking a partial break. I’m going on the Cowbird wagon.

    I have to.

    Daily, my inbox fills to overflowing with wondrous and compelling stories from those whose audiences I have joined. And each one of you has become a friend, like someone just down the street in this small village where I live.

    I have grown to care about you....and I mean really care. Your lives and your stories have grown on and into me….I can't help it, that's just the way I am wired. And I know that I am not the only one grappling with this dilemma.

    I am definitely going to continue writing and contributing to Cowbird....but no more loving or joining audiences for a while.

    I feel like I have become far too extroverted (again, my wiring) within our beautiful community, so I am going off(line) for a while....a walkabout, if you will.

    I'm starting to write and photograph a new book (one that a late/great friend called my “life’s work”). I'm going to be spending a lot of time on the boat. And behind my camera. And writing.

    I need to focus. I need to clear my head. I want and need more family time. There are a few books I want to read. I want to learn a few new skills.

    I will continue to read your stories when I can, and I am still with you all.....but I really have to, uncharacteristically, practice more self-discipline than usual as I launch into this next book (and Chapter) of mine.

    I will be explaining more as I go along...as I start my walkabout.

    I will contribute what I am going to call something like Notes from the Field. I hope they will resonate and give you some idea of the path I am on. Stay tuned.

    But, for now, please understand.

    I know you will.

    Love (undiminished) to you all, my friends, my neighbors,

    Peter

    p.s. If you are in Maine this summer, please come see me but contact the gallery (www.ralstongallery.com) first to see when I'll be ashore. Meanwhile, I'll be out there....with the bay, the horizon, the clouds and shadows and islands (see above). Counting my blessings.
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