Just A Momentary Au Revoir

On Friday, June 8th I set off on a long haul flight across the Atlantic to my home country. It’s a brief sojourn of only ten days, during which I will visit my elderly parents, my daughter and my grandson. The rest of the time I will occupy walking the Welsh hills and mountains, breathing the sweetly invigorating, fresh sea air, and rejuvenating my body and soul after a long sojourn in the stifling, fetid, and polluted atmosphere that is central Illinois.

Here, is where I will be spending most of my time – around the sensationally beautiful estuary of the River Mawddach in the county of Gwynedd, North Wales :


“When from our better selves we have too long
Been parted by the hurrying world, and droop,
Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired,
How gracious, how benign, is Solitude;
How potent a mere image of her sway;”

~ William Wordsworth.

My laptop is traveling with me, but internet access is sparse so bulletins will be infrequent. However, I will do my best to keep you informed of progress, maybe even post a few photos should the opportunity arise.

Thursday is for packing and preparing, leaving little time to pause and chat, so let me leave you, for now, with this thought:

Every year the Very Rev[olting] Pat Robertson dons his black gown, mortar board hat and dangly gold medallion, at Regent University, to exhort his graduating Christian students to “go forth and change the world.”

Bob Kerrey, President of New York’s “The New School”, says the university “……prepare[s] and inspire[s] its 9,300 undergraduate and graduate students to bring actual, positive change to the world……..”

America’s President George W Bush has been hellbent on changing the world for the last five years, convinced it’s his divine purpose.

Meanwhile, Paris Hilton sits in her lonely prison cell and says she is “working out ways to change the world.”

How much better the world would be if only they’d focus all that energy on changing themselves, and leave the rest of the world to do the same.

Au revoir.

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9 Replies to “Just A Momentary Au Revoir”

  1. Have a lovely vacation! Please do post pictures if you can, I love armchair travelling.

  2. That photo is so beautiful, I feel faint. You’re right about the religious and political figures exhorting people to go change everyone else. We all know you can not change anyone but yourself (or a babies diaper). To change the world, change yourself. Have a wonderful, wonderful time. I will watch for your posts.

  3. Anan – (who bought her that Welsh phrase book?) Thank you so much for your kind wishes. My Welsh is virtually non-existent, but I managed to get the gist of it. To whit I will respond:

    Myfi mynnu adwedd

    Which (I think) roughly translated means, “I will return”.
    Meanwhile, I quite agree, “Wales forever!”

    NYM – I will try, but the area is devoid of all but weak cellphone signal, so that will be my only modem, at least till a week Saturday. You may get them all of a rush just before I return on the 18th. Thanks for your good wishes.

  4. PM – thanks for the good wishes. Data transfer problems may prevent me commenting, but I shall still read my favorite bloggers, which includes yours, of course. It is a magnificent part of the world. I took that photo about five years ago, just before coming to America. It won’t have changed a bit.

  5. I am happy for you, RJ, that you can go back to your old hunting grounds even if only for such a short time! Your accent, I can’t place it. Is it as, I suspect, from Yspytty-Ystwyth? If not from there, it must be from either Llanarmon Mypydd-mawr or Penrhydeudreath. 😉

    Cymru um byth!

  6. Pekka – you were very close, it’s mainly Lliverpudlian Caereinion, but with more than a hint of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Yes, a town with that name does exist! It translates as “St. Mary’s Church in the hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the red cave” – or so I’m told!

    Scandinavia um byth!

  7. DANG, that’s the place – Llanfairpwllgwllgwyngyllgogery-
    ch…OK, I can’t do it! I remember once seeing a picture of the sign by the highway with the name of Llanfairpwll… or for Christ sake, have a mercy on us! 🙂

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