Sometimes it is possible to be too connected with the outside world. Internet sites, cellphones, etc. often result in unnecessary drama and a continuous barrage of information being brought into our homes, which should be a sanctuary from the world. As a result, I have decided to deactivate Facebook and limit other sources of public contact temporarily. My focus for the holidays will be my family and close friends. This doesn’t mean people I seldom see in person are any less important than those I see daily, nor does it mean I am not interested in others’ lives. It’s just time for a mini-hermitage to allow for the processing of personal events and to concentrate on some major life changes. Blogging will continue, as usual, with its regular irregularity. So, if anybody should happen to notice my absence elsewhere, please do not take offense or think that you have been singled out.