Laity Lodge is just as remote and beautiful as I was told. Anne and I enjoyed an inspiring weekend of food, conversation, reading, and movies with dear old friends and inspiring new friends. I spoke about that turbulent territory where faith and filmmaking intersect, and then I shared two films that inspired good conversations: The Station Agent, and Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control. Anne gave a poetry reading, just one of several delightful readings by the guests.
(Hey Martin, I got to know Matthew Dickerson, author of Following Gandalf, From Homer to Harry Potter, and Ents, Elves and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien. And your former bandmate!)
The Lodge was also out of wireless range — to find this place, you have to go off the highway, down to a shallow, winding river, and then drive up the river!! — so I was cut off from the Internet, telephones, news, and traffic for a few days. I recommend everybody try that once in a while. It’s wonderful. We had a difficult time leaving.
Anyway, I’m back in business posting your comments. I found some interesting remarks on the last few posts when I got back, and I’ve already posted them.