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January 20, 2007
When I first moved out here, to our land in the forested mountains, I had long been in the habit of thinking of myself as a “coast” person, but I liked this place for its potential, for what I thought it could become. In a relationship with it for 15 years now, I have finally learned to appreciate what is already is. Just before dusk today, I walked outside and was stunned by the dark shapes of the motionless, snow-covered tall hemlocks backlit by the contrasting luminous blue-gray cloud background. As pretty a sight as anything I have ever seen.