This is a belated but heartfelt thank-you to Richard in Durham, Ct who sent me a treasure-trove of books and small musical instruments.
Nothing can match the heft of a good book for transporting me to distant places and other times. It is similar to my not being able to do math unless I have a pad of paper in front of me and a pencil in my hand.
One of my good friends from high school married an Italian girl. Her teacher learned that Jan was rendered mute after the teacher directed her to sit on her hands. The third-grade teacher learned this when alarmed by the expansive hand and arm motions endangered students sitting nearby, the teacher told her to sit on her hands and Jan was rendered speechless.
Again, thanks a million!!!