Today I had a great idea for a story. But no paper on which to write it. I head to the bookshelf to pull one of those journals people always give me, not knowing I generally only write in Moleskins, or just a legal pad. I pull what I think is an Italian leather journal from the shelf, brought back as a gift from some European adventure, and open it excitedly. A hundred dollar bill falls out. I pause to consider this. Why would I have had such a large bill around the time of this journal? Was it a part of the gift? I contemplate, while looking further at the book in my hand. (During all of this plays Gillian Welch tunes, if such things influence your interperation or appreciation of events.) It is not an unused journal. It is a fancy hardback calendar, created by South Africa’s Commission on Gender Equality in 2005. I, apparently, used it to keep my schedule, years ago. I do not so well remember this fact. I can’t recall the last time I looked at this thing. I cannot, still, place why there would be a hundred dollar bill folded behind the front cover of the book. I think about all the times between now and 2005 when $100 would have made A Lot of difference to my life. I think about how, now, I respond thinking: “That’s nice.” But, you know, the gravity of what it could have meant, had I opened the book at some other time, is not present. (Let me be clear, however, I still appreciate it! I’m far from well off enough to laugh at $100, and Lordisa pray I never become such a person!) The idea of my story-writing is momentarily paused, as I write this, as I flip through that journal and look at all the interesting things I did in 2005, while living in South Africa. Folded into the back of the calendar is an agenda for a Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the FW de Klerk Foundation. “AGENDA: Item #1: Welcome. Item #2: Apologies. Item #3: Review of Previous Minutes. Item #4: Activities. Item #5: Projects.” Regularly scheduled “Apologies” !?! Oh, yes, South Africa. I, eventually, go back to the shelf and continue looking for fresh paper.