once a year, we close our office for an all staff spiritual retreat. usually we do this in late summer, just before convention season hits. but this year we couldn’t seem to find a date that worked, and ended up postponing it until after the conventions were over. so today, we’ll be at mission san luis rey (one of the california missions started by father junipero serra back in the day – any california public school kid learns all about this). my wonderful wife, jeannie, and her co-author, larry warner, will be leading us. we’ll have some guided time in the morning, and, i expect, lots of freedom in the afternoon for sleep, reflection, prayer, day dreaming, or anything else that refreshes or rejuvenates.