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by William Martin

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I took John, our guest from Cambridge to see the Alamo in San Antonio (his request) and then backtracked to Wimberley. The weather and the days were perfect - bright, cool, and bracing - and once again I ached at contemplating the possibility that I might not grow old in that sublime setting. In the evening we enjoyed the sunset from the porch and then walked quietly to the east side of the house to watch the herd of deer gather at twilight among the oak trees less than thirty yards away. The next day, we introduced John to Curio and Margie, perfect neighbors who continue to teach us the secrets of country living, and Curio told of spending time in Britain while waiting to sail to northern France, where he landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day.

Back in Houston, I tried to set my house in order. Chandler agreed to serve as acting chairman while I was away, and Angela agreed to teach two of my classes. I videotaped three other lectures, so that I had to cancel only two sessions before the semester ended, one of which was the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving, when attendance is typically quite sparse. I signed papers stating that I would be on medical leave of absence for six weeks, and made sure I knew how to handle the insurance. I arranged to obtain a portable computer to see me through the recovery period, since I would not be able to sit at a regular

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