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Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - Rockhound State Park, Deming NM

Baby barrel cactus, Rockhound State Park, Deming NM, February 20, 2008
Baby barrel cactus, Rockhound State Park, Deming NM, February 20, 2008

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Site 28 - Rockhound State Park, Deming NM

Over Fifty

Some of this has been painful for me, but it's all been wildly instructive. And it convinced me that nearly every person over fifty should try to find a time to sit down and engage in the same exercise, even if you never intend to publish anything. You need to think about what really meant something to you. Who did you really love. Who really made you what you are. What the seminal events did. And also it's an incredible discipline. Because I found it shocking to me what I remember and what I don't. It's shocking to me what I can remember factually and how hard it is for me to be absolutely sure about how I felt at the time. You know, how did I feel when I was 16? I don't really know.

Bill Clinton, on writing his memoir, in an interview with James Fallows, the Atlantic Monthly

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