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  • When I look back at my life, I see a series of highlights that fall under the category of "the flash," as described by LM Montgomery in Emily of New Moon.

    For me, time suddenly stands still, there is a sense of "slippage," sliding or brightness, and everything comes into focus. Some of the very best moments of my life were small and free.

    Mike McCabe and I walked down the dark trail to White Lake and stood by the shore to watch the full moon rise over the water. We had the whole lake to ourselves, the trees, the beaver, the moon broken by branches and reflected in the water. A sudden crystalline moment. The year was 1968 (I think), but it seems like it happened an hour ago.

    In 1972, I was walking across campus at ISU in Pocatello and the sprinklers came on and the sun was just right so that hundreds of rainbows suddenly filled the air--rainbows and diamonds. Pause, absorb, crystallize forever. My attempt at art doesn't do it justice, not by a long shot.
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