In sports, the crucial final moments of a game are called crunch time. Pamelia and I are now facing our own crunch time: The last weeks of preparing The Naturalist's Notebook for its season opening on June 24.
We're being ambitious in transforming the three floors of the Notebook into what we're calling a 13.8-billion-year environment. As a result, we aren't going to have everything completely done by June 24, even though we'll continue to work day and night to have as much sketched in as possible. If you visit the Notebook this season, you'll experience a really cool place AND you'll be able to watch the creative process continue to unfold. The way we see it, that's a good thing.
Here are just a few shots of the fun we're having in Seal Harbor right now. Yesterday 10 people stopped in to either help us, offer encouragement or interview us (newspaper story to come). We can't thank them enough. We love to collaborate, especially with people who care deeply about what we're doing and the subjects we're exploring. There's not a lot of glory in figuring out how to build a glass display case, or lugging around furniture and boxes of books, or painting walls, but doing those tasks (and a zillion others) with positive-minded teammates can be as enjoyable, gratifying and memorable as any other part of our crazy journey. It takes the crunch out of crunch time.