Dear friends, I am a provincial person. I have lived in New Hampshire for almost my whole life, a few thousand feet from the hospital where I was born. Sometimes I tell people I have never been to America, for I’ve never seen Chicago, or LA, or Houston, or anywhere outside of New England really. I haven’t even gotten around to visiting New York City, though it is only a 4 hour drive away. (I will go some day, to see the museums, and to get fat on all the good food you cannot get here.) When I have means to travel I cross the Atlantic, mostly, though I have been to
All great tragedies (even inside stories which are heroic) live in the conflict between virtues or needs. Frodo wants to save the world and no longer wants his burden, but by the Gods does he also want that ring. The people would have done well to live under that growing oak, but they also needed to grow food for themselves. I want to live on a river more than I can describe, but my family decided to move to a place where there isn't a major river for three hundred miles. So... what to do?
Frodo almost failed, while the men and women in that story killed a wonder and yet lived. I chose to be in the same town as my parents, and it's been great. But I miss the river like an amputated limb.
Simon , have only discovered you in the last few days (5/21) and was delighted / surprised that you were in New Hampshire - after growing up NYC I moved to the coast of New Hampshire 35 years ago...more of a calling really than a choice...