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Thank you for inviting me to be with you this morning. I am happy both to be here at your conference, and to be in Nebraska.
My wife Virginia and I slipped into the state literally the week before Christmas, arriving in the face of a strong north wind and windchills hitting 35 to 40 below. It was an exciting advent to our new home, driving for hours over icy, snow packed roads. Living in New Mexico all those years, I’d forgotten how tightly a person can grip a Steering wheel during a white-out!