One of my favorite sites, GOOD, has a wonderful article on "Why to Take a Sabbatical". I have long been in favor of taking time off as a way to recharge your creative batteries. You come back fresh perspective on life and work, new ideas that you observe and experience and these will bring new life to your work and lives. The article on GOOD discusses three types of sabbaticals: lateral, generative, and recuperative. It is an interesting short read. Now to finish up plans for my recuperative summer sabbatical (vacation).