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    Lord of the Rings:  I was 8 going on 9, and my family had rented a house at Sea Drift in Stinson Beach for the spring vacation.  I picked up The Fellowship of the Ring, and didn't come up for air until days later, as I closed The Return of the King.  Not sure if I went outside, although I'm sure I did.  It was a beautiful spot, right on the beach.  I remember that the living room was sunken, with a wraparound couch.  There were large glass-paneled windows looking out toward the ocean, which obscured by dunes, with a sandy path through sawgrass to the beach.

    I had read The Hobbit before that, so I was set up well for the trilogy.  For the next ten years, every year, I read LOTR every years.  Now, it's every five years or so.  I can't speak to why, in that specific week, I was so mesmerized (I know generally, but can't recall my exact state of mind).  But I do know that it is the small moments in the trilogy, the moments of travel and interval, that speak most strongly to me.

    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 05:16:36 AM PST

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