“Lying awake, I feel the familiar sense of The Answer arriving.  Like answers on the bottom of the black fortune-telling eight ball that I loved when I was ten, often I can feel an idea or the solution to a dilemma floating up through murky liquid, then it is as if I see the suddenly clear white writing.  I like the charged zone of waiting, a mental and physical sensation of the bends as something mysterious zigzags to the surface of consciousness.
     What if you did not feel uncertainty, the white writing says.  Are you exempt from doubt?
     Why not rename it excitement?”
                                                                                      -Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan


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