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This soil I dug up from a frozen field near Murmansk when I was a young man. A young man. I have kept it, my friend, because this has been country and home. This soil. " He took the tin, balanced it on his lap, and inhaled the dust, as though human bones lay buried in itbones of Father and Page 33 Mamushka and girls he had loved. Bones of uncles in fur coats and comrades in school. "I had been sailing, you know. On the Catherine the Greatwhat a name for a freighter! One day we docked in Murmansk.

Finished painting the sun porch last night. Julie said the Victorians had their faults, but they certainly knew how to put up a civilized housethe Victorians wouldn't tolerate aluminum-frame windows. I said they didn't have aluminum. She said that's not the point, Joe. Laura phoned, very distraught. Two more baby rabbits chewed up by some cat. Drove to Hopkins Street and examined the hutch. I couldn't find any tunnels or holes, but it's obviously going to require a plywood floor. Alex rode up on his tricycle and stared at the matted fur on the grass.

You are hardly the person to talk! I tried coaxing her to the couch after dinner but she pushed me away. She said she needed to work on her renderings for a Page 6 while. I said fine. I went into the alcove and tried reading Ouspensky. She crashed around midnight. I sat in the alcove with the sherry decanter and tried to figure her out. Around one I climbed into the car and drove past Hopkins Street. The lights were out and the 4-wheel drive Toyota was parked behind Claire's Maverick. I headed up the Bayshore as far as Coyote Point and looked at the boats for a while and drove home.

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