It's been exactly twenty-one days since I returned home, returned to 'the valley.' The transition from being away on the mountain for the previous six months and coming back here has been revelatory, disheartening, affirming, and challenging. More now than ever, I feel how oppressive living in an urban setting can be to the spirit of a person. And, while I've observed what appears to be a qualitative difference between living on 110th Street-St. Nicholas Avenue and living on 110th Street-Riverside Drive that is facilitated by wealth, the assault of asphalt, brick, mortar, incessant blaring noises, bright lights, and stench from sewers nevertheless assails us all.
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