I could not at the time quite pin down what the feeling was in its fullness. But the tonic note, at the center of it, was a feeling of being…awestruck, speechless.
Óscarand his wife Marcella; Jim and Elvia; Mirabel, Phyllis, Geoff, Jack, Kiki, Miryam, Helen and so many, many others who have graced our table this year – and in our early years in San Francisco. What extraordinary people they are, individually and together, and an incredible testament to what is in fact possible for our social and intellectual life, here and now, in our day and age.
Happy Holidays and Happy Adventures in Learning!
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