Well, I'm back. I've been away from home for almost two weeks. I visited my brother and his wife in Toronto, Ontario,
and from there I drove in a rental car
to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to attend the Festival of Faith &Writing at my alma mater, Calvin College.
My sister was at the Festival;
she came from California, and we stayed with our aunt and uncle who live in Grand Rapids. Our aunt also attended the Festival. Then I drove back to Toronto and came home from there.
My sister wrote a blog entry about the festival and did such a fine job that I don't need to repeat her effort: Festival of Faith & Writing 2014.
I reserved an extra day of vacation after my return, so I could have one day at home relaxing, recovering from jet lag, and doing a bit of laundry and/or housework before going back to work.