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Mary Lib's Puzzle
[Editor's note: We'd like to welcome our newest columnist, Bill Pendergraft, who will be sharing stories of a slower Lowcountry life. The first installment comes from his project Slow Guides™ Regional guides for the mindful traveler.]
“When it hurts, we return to the banks of certain rivers.” -Czeslaw Milosz
I am visiting my mother-in-law, Mary Lib, and after Sunday lunch and good conversation, I note a complex jigsaw puzzle she’s assembling on her card table. Her puppy is sleeping beneath. The puzzle features all fifty states, and their state flowers, birds and a perfect frame woven from a tangle of botanical diversity.
“I see you’re almost finished,” I ask her, pointing to the unfilled …