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  1. Joyce McClure
    August 23, 2018 @ 2:19 am

    I get the question “When are you leaving?” on a weekly basis. “I do not know,” I shrug. With no people, plants or pets to care for and no worldly goods other than what I have accumulated here in Yap and stashed in my friend’s garage in Connecticut (which I regret not culling down even more), I am happily free to go and do whatever whenever. I cannot predict the future. I do not know where I will go next. If there is a next. But what I really want to say is, “Please do not paint me with own fears and concerns and expectations. They are not mine. They are yours.”

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    • Elizabeth Bourne
      August 23, 2018 @ 2:35 am

      I think that other people’s fears is a very astute remark. And you have ALWAYS been a role model for me.

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  2. Marcia Hale
    August 23, 2018 @ 5:21 am

    It was an odd moment for me when one day I realized no one was worried about when I would come home, how long I’d been gone, or whether or not I was even still on the planet. It was a little lonely, a bit sad, and then very freeing…then I got another dog. And now some little soul does worry where I am, when I’m coming home, and that I am on the planet to facilitate the opening of food containers, the door, and the driving of the car to the beach. You have tons of friends, your son, and a social and intellectual footprint that does mean people would miss you, wonder where and how you are, and where on the planet you have landed…whether it be briefly or long term. I’m going to subscribe to your blog because you are living the life I would like to live…except not in the arctic. But mostly because I have long admired your intellect, wisdom and wit. If I couldn’t eaves drop on your life now and then I would be sad. You are living an interesting life. I know it has been difficult these years since Mark’s passing but you are emerging into your own true self that is new and exciting. Good for you for getting to this side of things…and we are so excited to see what you will do next!

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    • Elizabeth Bourne
      August 26, 2018 @ 3:27 am

      Thank you, Marcia. There is something freeing, and a little frightening about complete independence. I’m glad you have your fur family with you. The truth is, no one loves us as devotedly as our dogs. Cats, sure. But dogs, dogs do love in a way that, as a flawed human, I can only admire. I’m honored and sincerely flattered that you think so highly of me. I will do my best to live up to your good opinion.

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