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D-Day

I think my desk calendar is trying to tell me something.

I got one of those "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" desk calendars for Christmas. It's a great deal of fun pulling each day off and looking at the next new place, comparing notes with them and figuring out where I've been and where I still need to go. I had Caernarvon, Wales once a few weeks ago and was thrilled to say, as my students stood round me, trying to twist their tongues round those lovely vowels, that I'd been there. (I should've had them try their mouths at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, where I've also been and which I can say!) But some days ago, I got a little town in Denmark that made me think of my friend Camilla. Today, it's the Bodensee, a.k.a. Lake Constance, which makes me think of my friend Joerg and my distant relatives who still live in Bavaria. The lesson seems to be "You're not where you're meant to be," nothing new, mind you, as I've been considering for a while now how I managed to make it back to PA after several attempts to leave it.

Tomorrow, my desk calendar tells me that there's a lovely trail on Vancouver Island, BC that I should try. Of course, my friend Jean, also from BC, springs to mind. Perhaps the lesson isn't that I need to move, but rather that I need to communicate with all of you more?

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