I saw our dear border collie Taj for the last time just a few days before we lost him--the same day, incidentally, I drove to Calistoga for four incredible days at LitCamp, where I met Pulitzer Prize winners and got to nerd out on fiction. Laurel graduated from her master's program in San Francisco. It has rained on us intermittently and the sky is one huge mood. May is always an insane time of year, the time of year that stories are planted. It's time for me to sow.