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So many facets of my life come together today. It is St. Andrew’s Day, devoted to the patron saint of anglers, singers, unmarried women, and women who wish to become mothers. Andrew and his brother were the first apostles Jesus called; according to tradition, he evangelized parts of Russia and the Slavic world before being crucified on a saltire in Greece, from which cross he preached for two days before he died. He could well be the patron saint for my own life, and not just because of my Scottish heritage: my father and younger son both bear that name; I’m surrounded by singers, one of them in my family literally singing for her supper; some of my fondest memories are of angling with family and friends, particularly my father; and our two daughters wish to become mothers.



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