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  • I had lunch at my favorite neighborhood restaurant yesterday.

    And, yes, I found myself eavesdropping again. I don't set out to do it. In fact, I was reading my book. But sometimes people get excited about what they are saying. They get an attracting kind of energy in their voices and it's hard NOT to listen.

    I heard him say to his lunch companion, "42 minutes! That's it! 42 minutes. It doesn't matter where you begin or where you end. It will ALWAYS take 42 minutes. You could go from here (Minneapolis) to St. Paul or you could go straight through the center of the earth. How? It's about gravity...."

    About then her phone rang so she excused herself and went outside. He and I were now facing each other directly. He gave me a big smile. So I said, "42 minutes, huh? How does this work?"

    He then eagerly went on to explain. I kinda' think maybe I got what he was saying. But not so much that I could explain it here.

    When she returned, we continued our conversation together...about other things. A gentle and precious connection.

    On the way home I was thinking about going through the center of the earth and what about burning up? And I remembered the Kurt Vonnegut quote about trying to explain gravity to little kids in the Cowbird story I wrote a few weeks ago.

    Then I thought, "Whatever. In any case, it was a most pleasant surprise. And it really is a lot more interesting, kinder to my soul, and sweeter to my ears than, oh...for example, listening to the news."

    [iPhoto by Barbara, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2011]
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