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  • "I have always felt that the action most worth watching is not at the center of things but where edges meet. I like shorelines, weather fronts, international borders. If you stand at the point of tangency, you can see both sides better than if you were in the middle of either one."
    - Anne Fadiman in The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

    Fadiman's observation says a lot to me. I have only ever been comfortable when at the edge in some way... often from experiences of being immersed in a different culture. Awareness of this has been sharpened in the back and forth between the urban liberal culture where I choose to live and the provincial and conservative rural area where I grew up.

    It's also why I love being at the ocean. The possibility of growth is created in being at the edge of where we are and what we know while looking into what we cannot even fathom….that great mysterious beyond.
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