I was going through my pictures from last week’s retreat with my fellow writers when I came across this one. I didn’t notice it when I snapped the pic, but my bud Alexandra Sokoloff, ordinarily so beautiful, looks a little . . . octopus-like, doesn’t she? It took me a minute to realize she was not alone on that slender walkway above the pond. That’s Mary Kay Andrews walking behind her. They were showing off their sense of balance to the rest of us chickens. It was a lovely break from writing and brainstorming!