xi'ng pu': star/moving suddenly about periphery @ spundreams: notes and thanks

(or, why the hey does Jeff have -two- homepages?)





the stardrift group

...Come, my friends,
'T is not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
    -Ulysees, Alfred Lord Tennyson

I'm not a writer or a poet, so I just -know- I'm gonna butcher this explanation. I hope I don't bore you to tears! :-)

Why two e-mails and two web pages? These days, virtually every way of life today involves much moving about, and medicine (and the training in therof) is no exception. From medical school to intership, residency, fellowship, with a generous helping of away rotations, sabatticals, second degrees, and consolidations and reorganizations of home institutions, and it becomes downright hard to follow someone around as their address on the net morphs and morphs again. What is needed is a more permanent nook, a pointer that points to where the traveller is now, a place that stays constant even all else changes. Hence this nook of a nook at the domain formerly known as starfall.

The bulk of the pages of periphery are not actually on spundreams; they will migrate, grow and move around the internet as I move through the journey. But with luck this outpost at spundreams will remain, a polestar around which all else ca trace their paths home.

spundreams is Cat and Andy's estate, and in their generosity they have made their virtual home available to all manner of poets and dreamers, dragonriders and magicians, travelers and tinkers and weavers of stories. And despite completely lacking in any of these talents, Andy and Cat kindly let me in anyway. :-)

And what can be said of them? Of Andy I have had the honor of knowing more; generous and kind, humorous and subtle, often the voice of reasoned counsel in emotional malestroms, who listens and listens, and then speaks but once --and that once is enough. Gifted with a great talent in computer science and art, and gifted too with a soulmate, Cat, a wonderful, funny woman who shares in her character the best of him. I consider myself very fortunate to have known them both during our years at Northwestern, and humbled that they would consider me a friend.

Of the other dreamers who share in spundreams, I know very little; their pages speak more eloquently than can I.

I hope that you enjoy your stay, and best wishes to you in whatever journey you are on! May it take you where you desire to be.

    Sincerely yours,


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June 06, 2001