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  • Picturesque places are always the settings for fairy tales.

    An array of willing participants show up and step reliably into roles, like moths will flutter toward a flame. Heroes and villains, witches and fairy godmothers, angels, ghosts...there is a place for them all. A cast of secondary characters come and go - sweet, unknowing playthings for the gods and divas who command center stage.

    The tales often take time to unfold, but the conflicts are fairly predictable:

    Someone is goody good, someone is sexy bad, someone seethes with envy, someone gets mad. Someone is forced to pay and then someone walks away (or more specifically, quits - it gets so tiresome acting, re-acting, these ancient scripts...)

    There is usually a moral at the end of the story.

    Sometimes even a rainbow, too. (Remember to look up when it's over.)

    Can you hear the church bells ringing in the distance? They foretell an ending. The arrival of an early spring hails a new act to begin.

    Photo credit: Jardin du Luxemborg, Paris. By Jay Kerr
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