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.
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