About 10 days ago, we announced quite suddenly that we were dropping off the grid. We expected to take only a few days away, and found ourselves needing the whole week to take care of health issues and fatigue from the many months of navigating some big life events.

We felt like this (a state we all know well):

None of our health issues were dire, but they could become so if we didn’t attend to them.

We take them as messengers, tugging at our sleeve to say:

Slow Down, Take Care, LISTEN even more DEEPLY than you have been to how you are made.

And most importantly,


We had to admit “we aren’t” (in control), and “we don’t” (have it all together). We found ourselves having to “undo” the erroneous notion that everyone else is and does.

Stopping and slowing down were the counterintuitive answers. We didn’t do more, we did less. Readers became subscribers despite Improvised Life being on hiatus; they wrote to say “take all the time you need”. Friends pressed in close with food, words of wisdom, and comfort. And we found not only our energy and health improving, but answers we needed coming as well.

We’re back, with a big THANK YOU to our wonderful community, and to the gift of Improvised Life as our work.

Since “Self Care” is the clear theme here, we went searching for some useful quotes. Curiously, we found wild man William S. Burroughs’ to be the most incisive and resonant.

Desperation 2 tone William S Burroughs



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4 replies on “Deep Thanks + Hello Again! + William S. Burroughs

  1. I think it is too soon for your return, take a couple of steps back off the grid. Your communique is too full of things to be done, perhaps urgently and the tone is anxiety filled. Step back again, breathe, resolve or give away some things.habits.wishes. The rush you feel is yours, not the universe. We want you to be where you need to be. With love

  2. You know one of those things Burroughs left behind was his son.
    I realize that the critical evaluation of an artists work bares little (and probably shouldn’t) be influenced by his life but William.S was a particularly nasty and amoral character. Most people ignore that when they give him a leg up on to his pedestal.

    Kind Regards,


  3. I appreciate your comment.
    A rude awakening for me when I was about 19 was that an artist’s work doesn’t necessarily bear any reflection on his moral character. That is, I met artists who were personally rather corrupt whose work was wondrous. Big lesson.
    I’ve read various reports of Burrough’s impact on his son that paint various pictures, and clearly his son suffered greatly from an early childhood of terrible experiences. I’ve also heard of Burrough’s trying hard to help his son later on. A friend of mine was very close to Burrough’s and found him to be a great friend and mentor.

    So…what’s the true picture?

    For me his words still hold great wisdom.

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