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I'm not very good at goodbyes, so I will make this short, sweet, and panda-laden.

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I wanted to thank Anna and the rest of the Jezebels for being so consistently entertaining and lovely. You have made our virtual workplace a delight and I'm going to miss it. Thanks to the readers for keeping me on my toes and being (mostly) supportive. In the 14 months that I have been here, there has been nary a dull moment, and I've learned a great deal, most of which won't become apparent until after I've had time to reflect.

So after those generic though deeply felt platitudes, I'll leave you with a passage from Anne Lamott's book, Hard Laughter. This is excellent life advice for any human.

I said that I thought the secret of life was obvious: be here now, love as if your whole life depended on it, find your life's work, and try to get hold of a giant panda. If you had a giant panda in your back yard, anything could go wrong — someone could die, or stop loving you, or you could get sick — and if you could look outside and see this adorable, ridiculous, boffo panda, you'd start to laugh; you'd be so filled with thankfulness and amusement that everything would be O.K. again.

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May your futures be bright and your yards filled with pandas.

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Thanks for sharing that quote—that's how I've always felt about my desire to live by the sea, but I've never articulated it that well. Of course I'm now revising my dream to include a giant panda as well...

Lots of luck in your future endeavors, dearie!