It is a hot Memorial Day here in Lubbock. Nataliya Sukhina and I met at the Rec Center and floated along the lazy pool (and got sunburned) for a while (it was AMAZING, minus the sunburn!), and then I went over to the incredibly quiet and dark School of Music and cleaned out my office.
I'm not quite ready to reflect on my year at Texas Tech University, now done. I still have a few loose ends that need to be tied up, and am helping a composer with a recording project later this week, plus I'm not leaving Lubbock for more than a month. There's still plenty of time to reflect... I can say, however, that looking at my office, where I spent so very many hours, all taken apart and diploma-less, left me feeling very sad.
I am so lucky to live in a country where I have the freedom to follow my dreams and live without oppression; to work in the arts and not fear censorship. Thank you to every service person who has allowed me to live the life I lead. I hope all Americans are grateful to the brave women and men who put their lives on the line so that the rest of us can relax and progress towards new oppression-free adventures on holidays.