Sometimes I slag on this place. It's not where I want to live. It's not beautiful in a traditional way. Its politics are frightening at times. But yesterday, just when I was at the end of my rope - the flat tire, the election nonsense, the annoying baseball season that won't end and takes up endless hours of my husband's time, the stacks of grading, the shoes that need repair, the indecipherable text messages from my mom - I went out for my regular walk and was blown away.