The following is an excerpt from an e-mail my sister Ksenia wrote me November 27, 2002, to help assuage my apprehension at my impending move to Alaska.
"Yes you are scared, and yes you do not know why you are doing this, but I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. Something is pulling you towards it so just go. ... Maybe then this travelling problem you have will go away and you will be able to settle in a quiet suburb like Harrisonburg, VA. And have a peaceful existence with ten kids, and fat husband. Love, Ksenia."