Let’s Talk with Debra H Goldstein

Driving Creatively
by Debra H. Goldstein

During the past weeks of social distancing, my husband and I fell into the habit of taking a daily drive. We didn’t need masks, gloves or any other personal protective equipment because we stayed in the car – just the two of us.

The beauty of the drive was we had no idea where we were going to go when we pulled out of the driveway. Sometimes we turned left; sometimes right; sometimes we took the highway; sometimes the back roads. We saw neighborhoods we never knew existed. We watched people finding ways to entertain themselves by walking, bicycling, riding scooters, talking to each other from six feet apart, or simply hanging out on porches with their favorite beverages.

We had all the time in the world, so we drove slowly. For once, we took the time to look out the window at the different house styles, the flowers blooming, and the people we passed. It was a time of discovery.

For me reading a good book is like our rides. When I turn to the first page, I have no idea in what direction the story will take me. I may laugh, cry, be bored or enthralled. Every book offers a new adventure.

My writing is also like our rides. The words flow and often surprise me. The difference is that I’m hoping the trip I’m creating will be fun for you.

I’m going to miss the time and experiences we shared during our rides. Happily, the books and words will still be there.

Is there anything from this time of social distancing that you’ll miss? Did you read any good books?

And, once June 1 rolls around, be sure to enter our monthly Booklover’s Bench book giveaway. The contest runs from June 1-18, and the entry link provided here won’t be live until June 1. CLICK HERE on or after June 1 to enter the contest.