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This is beautiful. I never know where you are going to take us, and I'm always glad I follow along to the end. I swear I could smell the salty air reading this, and it made me miss home.

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Enjoyed this - and getting a snapshot of the unassuming woman at the center of it.

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Jan 11Liked by Alexander M Crow

Beautiful!

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Thanks for the new word! I am part Scots and have always wanted to visit your part of the world, but I haven't thus far. People watching is my favorite activity. I'm a lifeguard at an aquatic rehab facility attached to a local hospital. People ask me all the time how I deal with the boredom of lifeguarding. I never know quite what to say, aside from a simple "I'm never bored," which is true but grossly inadequate. People are endlessly fascinating, appalling, amusing, unbelievable, unexpected, beautiful, terrible. Swimmers ignore lifeguards. They carry on private conversations, political conversations, relate the latest gossip, talk about their families, their health, their affairs, their marriages, their hopes and fears, their history. I watch people in ever kind of body with every degree of disability, injury, cognition, and mental health status. We are an amazing species. I'm never tired of observing us. How could anyone be bored?

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The constant, sometimes unseen, flow of transformation, as earth changes rock to sand is so fundamental, like the rhythm of the sea and seasons...like our bodies, too. As for me, I love the pure sensuous feel of my bare feet pressing into warm sand, the way it nestles us in and molds itself around our bodies...like snow, without the danger.

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Pattle is a new one for me - does that mean ‘prattle’ is to press down with words, lol

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