I’ve never been one to stay a General Assembly until the very end, which used to be a Tuesday. Now that they’ve reduced the number of days GA covers, as well as move the opening to Wednesday from Thursday, staying until the end isn’t quite the commitment it used to be. I still have a hard time staying away from the family for an entire week, however, so now that I’ve been to the Prairie Star District in-gathering, was at the plenary where President Sinkford recognized the UUA staff, presented my PSD-sponsored workshop, and attended this morning’s plenary session where All Souls UU Church, Kansas City, Missouri, presented their Breakthrough Congregation video (which will be available in the fall with the other three Breakthrough Congregation videos), I feel that my official duties at GA are over. So right now I’m writing from Gate D-8 at PDX, waiting from my 2:05 p.m. flight back to the St. Paul. I stopped by one of the Powell’s at the airport to use a gift certificate the Pacific Northwest District folk gave to each of the district staff (bought Cormac McCarthy’s The Road). While there I saw a t-shirt that said “People’s Republic of Portland” and was sorely tempted. The Twin Cities are pretty liberal, but Portland is even more so. A great place to visit. And very likely a wonderful place to live.