Sunday, May 21, 2006

Start spreading the news; I'm leaving today. Ok, so not today, but Wednesday, May 24, I'm leaving New York for a grand new adventure. It's a bittersweet occasion; while I'm excited to spend a summer working on the Mountain Meadows Massacre at the LDS Church Archives, then move on to a Ph.D. program at George Mason University in northern Virginia, I will miss the pulse of the City. Yesterday I ran 20 miles in Central Park, loop after loop, drinking in the pounding of the New York Road Runners racers, the hot dog stands, the tourist groups at Strawberry Fields, the yoga class on the grass outside the marionette theater, the girls softball teams, the dogs and their walkers, the view of the city skyline against the reservoir.

I love the people I've encountered, the foods I've savored, the velocity at which I've moved, and the surprising delights along the way. My various jobs, dear friends, favorite geographic locations, delightful discoveries, challenging school experiences, have all created who I am and will always be a part of me.

If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere.

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