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hat trick

They say good things come in threes.  This has certainly proved true for me this past month.

First, Isis and I moved into our new house:

Hearst 1

The view is particularly inspiring:

Hearst 2

Then, my mom brought me this piece of amber with bugs trapped in it:

amber dino DNA

From this humble piece of fossilized amber, I will one day run a park chock full of dinosaurs.

You’d think these two events would put me “over the top,” as they say.  Well, in one final, extraordinary twist of fate, I received a signed CD by Falling Rock’s musical muse Esperanza Spalding:


There is a story behind this.  I sent Ms. Spalding my latest book, Scenic Byways, and included a comic strip in which she pays a visit to Falling Rock National Park (this would hypothetically occur when she wasn’t busy accepting a Grammy or opening for Prince).  My comic appeared on her Facebook page and very soon after I got a mysterious envelope from a record company in Spain.  The signed CD was inside.

I’m not sure if these things are connected, but I do know that, for the rest of my life, I will look back on this short time period with awe and gratitude.

APOLOGY CORNER: Sorry, SKS.  I hope this doesn’t take your Year of Shaft & Son out of the well-deserved spotlight.

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