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St Andrews in Focus - Issue 67 Nov / Dec 2014

From the Editor

Flora Selwyn

Someone remarked that I must enjoy meeting people. It’s true, I do. And why not? Everyone has a story. All are interesting, especially those of St Andrews itself. Do you remember that Desiderata that was popular a few years ago? It was purported to have been written in 1692 and to have been found in a Baltimore church. It was, in fact, written by Max Ehrmann, a GermanAmerican lawyer. It began, “Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.” That’s such good advice today when many people, mostly the young, are perpetually wired up. What I also like is, “ Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.” So yes, being myself “…a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars,” I do wish you all to “…be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.” Amen to that! Then may your Christmas be merry, your New Year ‘reet guid’!

Flora Selwyn 

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