These reflections were written or collected over a period of 10 years. Many are my own writings; some, written by others, expressed my feelings at the time that I read them, and still do. In the beginning, I had no idea of showing these personal reflections to others or even of saving them. But save them I did, tucking pieces of paper into files or notebooks. Occasionally, I would reread one or two, more if I had time. I found that they allowed me to revisit earlier times in my life, with the perspective of added experience. About five years ago, I began to archive my papers and to think of these reflections as “life” lines, then “living” lines. As I organized, I felt the desire to share my “living” lines with friends. Friends, in turn, encouraged me to organize them into a book, and the name came to be capitalized in my thoughts. Thus, my title—Living Lines.
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