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Illustration for an essay written by a young Scotswoman going to grad school in the American South. It contained this passage:BlankVertSpace.8pixels

America has opened itself to me, as its old dream promises. For that I’m grateful, as I’m grateful to Scotland for folding my loved ones into its music.

I know above all things that the tune carries a refrain, if not the cry for freedom or unity, then a sustained note of welcome. The Atlantic can be the breath between verses. The lull before a song rejoins.BlankVertSpace.8pixels

I heard the author saying that if you’re a Scot, you can go home again. You will always be welcome.

I did two other illustrations for the essay. You can see them in this post.blank vertical space, 32 pixels high Musical notes forming bridge between Scotland and United States, with welcome mat for Scots expatriate cowgirl with flag, bagpipes, and Nessy the Loch Ness Monsterblank vertical space, 32 pixels highdetail image Musical notes forming bridge between Scotland and United States, with welcome mat for Scots expatriate cowgirl with flag, bagpipes, and Nessy the Loch Ness Monster

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