Nobel Prize winner Kary Mullis dedicated his book, Dancing Naked in the Mind Field, to his wife, Nancy, wrote:
“Jean Paul Sartre somewhere observed that each of us make our own hell out of the people around us. Had Jean Paul known Nancy, he may have noted that at least one man, someday might get very lucky, and make his own heaven out of the people around him. She will be his morning and his evening star, shining with the brightest and softest light in his heaven. She will be the end of his wanderings, and their love will arouse the daffodils in the spring to follow the crocuses and proceed the irises. Their faith in one another will be deeper than time and their eternal spirit will be seamless once again.
Or maybe he just would have said, “If I’d had a woman like that, my books wouldn’t be about despair.”
This book is not about despair. It’s about a little bit about a lot of things, and if not a single one of them is wet with sadness, it is not due to my lack of depth; it is due to a year of Nancy, and the prospect of never again being without her. “
Kary Mullis, “Dancing Naked in the Mind Field” 1998
photo: after entering Scotland
photo: of my wife,Mrs. Abstract,while taking a photo of Westminster Abbey , “a woman like that”.