Hershey Bliss, or How a Work Conference Is About So Much More Than Work

IN A FEW weeks I’ll head to Hershey, Pennsylvania, for the annual meeting of a professional organization on whose board I serve. As I’ve written about previously (and previously), this meeting never fails to inspire me. The attendees are talented, creative people not only applying their skills in the field in which I work, but also chipping away at their own personal callings. Talking with writers, artists, photographers and designers between sessions and during the social events has inevitably refilled my creative cup and compelled a vow to renew my own artistic efforts. I don’t imagine this year will be any different.

Except that this year, rather than wait for chocolate-fueled inspiration to strike, I’m going to try to do some of that work in the weeks leading up to the meeting. This work — writing … when I commit to it, when I obsessively protect the time to do it, when I sit and put my pencil to paper, my fingers to keyboard … I am happy.

So. C’mon, let’s get happy.

See you soon, Hershey. | DL

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