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Dear Kim:

I didn't feel well today. Since my hysterectomy, I have been having many more hot flashes and they are more intense. All of this affects my ability to sleep, to concentrate, to steer an even course.

I was not at my best at rehearsal today for H2O, the piece I am creating for the One Mississippi River event to take place on the EADS Bridge on June 24. And since I was tired, I felt flummoxed about the fact that we have unexpectedly lost several cast members for the piece due to double scheduling.

The choices are to try to recast in a very short timeframe, or to rethink the piece.

As I sat in the dance studio with some of the performers, I was reminded yet again that the great thing about collaborating is that I don't have to figure it all out alone. And I am beginning to think that is true in general. I probably need to think through less of more things by myself that I realize.

(Kim: This is something I work on continually. There is no way that one person can do all the work themselves...and people won't be effective or work according to their potential if they aren't give some free rein. I wonder if this is even applicable to the individual—that we have different modes (work, play, intimacy, etc.) and that if we let one mode worry or interact with another mode we don't have a chance.)

As I have more demands on my time and often less energy to bring to things, I will need to accept this fact. And maybe even to see that there are positive possibilities about this perspective.

Later,

Joan

Monday, June 12, 2006