Cutting Loose

cropped-img_3878Well, my dear Holy Rover readers, it’s time to say goodbye for awhile. Within the past few weeks the idea for a book has waltzed into my life, and she is such an insistent partner that we’re going to dance by ourselves for awhile. This project will be a memoir with spiritual themes. The style is a blend of what might happen if St. Augustine, Anne Lamott, Kathleen Norris and Bill Bryson were involved in some sort of weird literary plural marriage. I’ll be writing my own personal story as well as reflecting on pilgrimage sites I’ve visited. An added bonus: bears.

The title, of course, is Holy Rover.

I expect to be back sometime this winter. While I’m gone I’ll be writing furiously, just not on this blog. Be well, my friends. We’ll meet again, somewhere down the road.

 

About Lori Erickson
  • Mississippi Pilgrim

    Your parting gift, Cutting Loose, is so very fine and appreciated. The ‘blend of styles’ you intend to conjure will simply be all the more special yet of your own hand.

    How I shall miss anticipating, receiving then reading your Spiritual Travels blog. It was a happy day when Crisonhaler first shared with me a post of the Holy Rover, perhaps six years ago. Since then we have traveled together, stayed in one another’s homes, and delighted in one another’s children. We have shared mutual friendships, lots of laughs, meals, drinks, hikes, books, poems, The Eagle as well as all manner of conversation.

    I have also rejoiced in the responses from committed readers to your blog thereby making new friends in Iowa City and beyond. (I’ll especially miss the inspired comments by Darcy, Annechien and other ‘loyalists.’)

    You will be often with me, Lori, as I send energy and loving thoughts to you—and Bob—as you continue ‘rovering.’ For your well-deserved Sabbatical I offer back one tiny, tasty morsel of many nourishments received from you: “Be not lax in celebrating.”

    And one thing more, I will be at Prairie Lights for the book signing! Godspeed, dear one.

  • Mississippi Pilgrim

    Your parting gift, Cutting Loose, is so very fine and appreciated. The ‘blend of styles’ you intend to conjure will simply be all the more special yet of your own hand.

    How I shall miss anticipating, receiving then reading your Spiritual Travels blog. It was a happy day when Crisonhaler first shared with me a post of the Holy Rover, perhaps six years ago. Since then we have traveled together, stayed in one another’s homes, and delighted in one another’s children. We have shared mutual friendships, lots of laughs, meals, drinks, hikes, books, poems, The Eagle as well as all manner of conversation.

    I have also rejoiced in the responses from committed readers to your blog thereby making new friends in Iowa City and beyond. (I’ll especially miss the inspired comments by Darcy, Annechien and other ‘loyalists.’)

    You will be often with me, Lori, as I send energy and loving thoughts to you—and Bob—as you continue ‘rovering.’ For your well-deserved Sabbatical I offer back one tiny, tasty morsel of many nourishments received from you: “Be not lax in celebrating.”

    And one thing more, I will be at Prairie Lights for the book signing! Godspeed, dear one.

  • Claudia Scott (Florida)

    Can’t wait to read your book, Lori! Let the inspiration roll!

  • Claudia Scott (Florida)

    Can’t wait to read your book, Lori! Let the inspiration roll!

  • Anne Tanner

    Ah, you’re right, Mississippi Pilgrim! That will be a red-letter day for Prairie Lights, when all of the Holy Rover’s fans are in one place at the same time. That’s worth waiting for, hard as it is to go without this blog. Blessings on your travels, Holy Rover, mental and otherwise.

  • Anne Tanner

    Ah, you’re right, Mississippi Pilgrim! That will be a red-letter day for Prairie Lights, when all of the Holy Rover’s fans are in one place at the same time. That’s worth waiting for, hard as it is to go without this blog. Blessings on your travels, Holy Rover, mental and otherwise.

  • Mississippi Pilgrim

    Anne, would it be gauche to request name tags at Prairie Lights for Lori’s signing? You are another I want to meet and speak to in person!

  • Mississippi Pilgrim

    Anne, would it be gauche to request name tags at Prairie Lights for Lori’s signing? You are another I want to meet and speak to in person!

  • Darcy

    Oh, great comments! We will be there all together, we followers of the spirit that move her. It will be a happy day. To the writer, I wish you tenacity, though I think you have my share as well as yours, and respites when you need them.

    And I say with love, carry on.

    • Darcy

      meant to say *moves her

  • Darcy

    Oh, great comments! We will be there all together, we followers of the spirit that move her. It will be a happy day. To the writer, I wish you tenacity, though I think you have my share as well as yours, and respites when you need them.

    And I say with love, carry on.

    • Darcy

      meant to say *moves her

  • Douglas

    Oh, boy! I look forward to the bears! And the book-signing, and the reading of what will be, I think, a beautifully written, moving, deep account of the wanderings of your spirit through this world. Many blessings from all the saints and holy ones you have encountered in your travels, and may Ganesha smile upon your endeavor.

  • Douglas

    Oh, boy! I look forward to the bears! And the book-signing, and the reading of what will be, I think, a beautifully written, moving, deep account of the wanderings of your spirit through this world. Many blessings from all the saints and holy ones you have encountered in your travels, and may Ganesha smile upon your endeavor.

  • Crisonhaler

    Hear hear! All love and good energy for the journey, Lorioso! And all love and good energy as well to your stalwart fans and friends, but especially to Darcy and the Mississippi Pilgrim!

  • Crisonhaler

    Hear hear! All love and good energy for the journey, Lorioso! And all love and good energy as well to your stalwart fans and friends, but especially to Darcy and the Mississippi Pilgrim!

  • http://visitfingerlakes.com Karen

    Best of luck, Lori! We will wait patiently for your return.

  • http://visitfingerlakes.com Karen

    Best of luck, Lori! We will wait patiently for your return.

  • lori

    This is Lori, but I’m actually posting this for Annechien, a loyal member of the Holy Rover readers. Annechien has been very ill in Amsterdam. Thankfully she is recovering, but a poem came to her in the midst of her illness that she wants to share with her Holy Rover friends (see below). Please join me in offering prayers for her full recovery. And thank you, Annechien, for sharing your lovely poem. Blessings to you!

    This is the moment.

    Is this thinking?

    Knowing?

    The end

    Or a new beginning?

    All that lives

    And fades away

    Is in me.

    Feeling safe

    And connected

    With all there is

    Life constantly transforming

    And me being part of it

    Dreaming is knowing,

    A gift.

    • Ruth Geier Conner

      Good morning Lori: I take the liberty to address you in this manner because I am sure I am the elder, will be 86 this year. I am absolutely charmed by what you are sharing – it is somewhat like looking into a mirror. Bless you (I started to write God Bless You……but thats already happened a long time ago) for writing/sharing what you do……..its like clear water in dry climate. My Nr. 1 granddaughter Linnea Hurst is your sons’ “hiking companion” . My daughter Catherine Conner Hurst speaks very highly of him. We hope for the opportunity to host him here in VA before we “cross the river”. Ruth Geier Conner, and Jerry E. Conner (87)

  • lori

    This is Lori, but I’m actually posting this for Annechien, a loyal member of the Holy Rover readers. Annechien has been very ill in Amsterdam. Thankfully she is recovering, but a poem came to her in the midst of her illness that she wants to share with her Holy Rover friends (see below). Please join me in offering prayers for her full recovery. And thank you, Annechien, for sharing your lovely poem. Blessings to you!

    This is the moment.

    Is this thinking?

    Knowing?

    The end

    Or a new beginning?

    All that lives

    And fades away

    Is in me.

    Feeling safe

    And connected

    With all there is

    Life constantly transforming

    And me being part of it

    Dreaming is knowing,

    A gift.

    • Ruth Geier Conner

      Good morning Lori: I take the liberty to address you in this manner because I am sure I am the elder, will be 86 this year. I am absolutely charmed by what you are sharing – it is somewhat like looking into a mirror. Bless you (I started to write God Bless You……but thats already happened a long time ago) for writing/sharing what you do……..its like clear water in dry climate. My Nr. 1 granddaughter Linnea Hurst is your sons’ “hiking companion” . My daughter Catherine Conner Hurst speaks very highly of him. We hope for the opportunity to host him here in VA before we “cross the river”. Ruth Geier Conner, and Jerry E. Conner (87)