Good Morning from Durham

It made me so proud to return to Duke and see this sign for my book at the entrance to Special Collections, where I spent my days researching the Parapsychology Lab archives.  Sigh. Accomplishment. Feels good.

My downstairs neighbors at my hotel complained about me last night.  I was making too much noise, they said.  I guess I greatly under-estimate my size and weight!  I was exercising, which did include some jumping around, and apparently I’m not as light as a feather, which I actually believed. Until last night.  Thank you very much downstairs people.  Sigh. Disillusionment.  Doesn’t feel so bad, actually.

I guess there’s something to that Buddhist thing of not getting too attached to your feelings and making such a big thing about them.  They are so transitory. Feeling bad?  Hang in there, that will change.  But of course that means if you’re feeling great that won’t last either!  It’s like that fable I posted.  This was the version that was told on the show Northern Exposure:

My uncle once told me about a warrior who had a fine stallion. Everybody said how lucky he was to have such a horse.

Maybe, he said.

One day the stallion ran off. The people said the warrior was unlucky.

Maybe, he said.

The next day, the stallion returned, leading a string of fine ponies. The people said it was very lucky.

Maybe, the warrior said.

Later, the warrior’s son was thrown from one of the ponies and broke his leg. The people said it was unlucky.

Maybe, the warrior said.

The next week, the chief led a war party against another tribe. Many young men were killed. But, because of his broken leg, the warrior’s son was left behind, and so was spared.

Just another way of saying don’t get too attached to your feelings.  What seems like a bad thing today, something to get depressed about, might end up being the best thing that ever happened to you.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “Good Morning from Durham

  1. Good to finally “hear from you” again–after 48 hrs. Were afraid you got virtually lost or something…! Hope to get out to Borders@Baileys Xroads, VA & get a bk signed next wk. UNBELIEVABLE is fascinating!

  2. Thank you! And yay! I love positive feedback! (I originally posted “freedback.” Interesting typo. I also originally typed “typoe.”)

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