After three days of stormy weather, today is resplendently beautiful. Beach walkers find the shore strewn abundantly with driftwood of varying sizes. We select two pieces -- a large cypress knee and a smooth piece of oak, the size of a small bar of soap. Striking our fancy, both are pleasing to the eye, but are nondescript, just common pieces of driftwood. The smaller fits comfortably in the palm of my hand, as a talisman might. The gnarled cypress knee has its very own charm. -- Diary, spring 2016
From the diary of beach walker George Thatcher / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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