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Wednesday, January 19, 2000

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Madness and exercise

I finished a great book today, "My First Cousin Once Removed" by Sarah Payne Stuart. This was story about the family of Robert Lowell, Poet Laureate. Sarah's mother is Robert Lowell's cousin and she tells the story of the madness, manic depression, that followed the Winslows and Lowells through the generations.

Stuart relates about how normal she feels compared to many of her relatives and how difficult that sometimes was with the upbringing of guilt and duty that good Puritan descendents were burdened with. I understood so well her feelings of relief at being normal, though burdened with the guilt of a good calvinist/puritan upbringing, in the midst of a family that at times seemed spinning out of control. She writes well, leading you through the family stories and the years till the full sadness and salvation of their family comes through.

We had a Workplace Security meeting today with a campus police officer telling us how to be safe. It was pretty much what you always hear but there isn't a whole lot that really will protect you from the random violence of wackos. That isn't much comfort, but I suppose it's nice to know that most violence is from people you know and isn't random.

I feel tired tonight, but it's a good tired. I did my stretchy thing exercises and once again was huffing and puffing, but it relaxed me when I was done. I have the same feeling as when I've done a long bike ride or a good hike.

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Biked - 6 miles

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