Heavy rain and wind today. I stood at the window and watched raindrops slide down the glass like I was six years old again. My thoughts echoed the weather, petulant and gloomy. What am I doing with this life? This season of crisis could be a time to rethink everything. Make some big decisions. Go back to school. Become a nurse, a scientist, or a mystic. Leave America behind and walk the earth.

“Make something for lunch,” she told me. “Start there.”