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Editor's Letter




I am writing this from an island of calm in the midst of a storm. Literally.

I’m at our kitchen island, which has served as my desk since we moved to this four story townhouse in downtown Knoxville. Here, at my usual spot in our first floor kitchen, I can almost ignore the boxes, bags and stacked up furniture all around me and on all three floors above me. Simba, our sweet kitty, is regarding this disorder with suspicion--rightly so. She doesn’t know it yet, but we are moving.

We are not going far--just four blocks down the street, but a move is a move, whether it’s measured in blocks or miles.

We’re downsizing again--this time to a 1600 square foot condo in a brand new building with an elevator. It’s going to be quite a change from the vertical life at Kendrick Place. I can fetch something off the printer without going up and down two flights of stairs. I’ll have an actual office instead of a corner of the kitchen.

In addition to a view of the city, we’ll have a view of the water framed by the Henley Bridge and the Gay Street Bridge. Simba will miss the stairs and the window sills, but I think she will approve of the floor to ceiling windows and the balconies. But first comes the sorting and packing, which I find time consuming but oddly rewarding.

It’s good to touch everything you own. It’s good to let go of things you don’t need. It’s good to reflect upon how much we have and how little we actually need. And, standing here surrounded by boxes, it’s really, really good to remind myself that the next time I write you, it will be from our new home.

Gay

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