Greetings from Big Sky Country!
I’m in Montana right now on a rare trip out West to visit family and enjoy the beauty of this region – a region I truly believe is sacred.
We’ve got an interesting journey ahead of us up into Western Montana then down through Yellowstone. Eventually I’ll be topping it off with a writer’s conference in Chicago.
Oh, and we’ve got our dog with us! He’s excited to bark at some buffalo from the car, which is a favorite Henry hobby.
On the way here, we exited from the highway too soon and had to turn around on a small path into a cornfield. It was late at night, and without a single thought of all the horror films that start like this, we turned off the car lights and looked up at the stars.
The Milky Way was easily discernible. It’s nothing unique out here, I’m sure, but for us city folk it’s magical.
Staring up at the universe – or rather, at a tiny corner of a tiny corner of the universe – we both felt more creative almost instantly. It forced us to look beyond our petty problems and think about what is beyond ourselves. And that suddenly made us more receptive to big ideas, to mystery, to creation.
I know you probably aren’t in Big Sky Country like we are right now, and our time here is only temporary. But hopefully we can all find big sky countries in our own backyards, in our homes and workplaces. Here’s wishing you wonder wherever you are – a sense of the divine enveloping your small slip of earth.