I took the long Thanksgiving weekend off from most of the internet. I didn’t read much news, I didn’t do any Twitter, and amazing things happened in my brain. It’s taken me a long time to come to grips with how much events in both the wider world and in my personal life affect me emotionally. And now that I realize this, I’m beginning to see that I can’t be plugged in, at least not now. By the end of the weekend I was thinking and writing, and it was like I’d come out of a fog. And when I opened up Twitter on my laptop on Monday I didn’t want to go back. So I haven’t. Maybe 2018 will be the year that I step way back from certain things so I can use the energy I have in better ways.