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Sleeping with History

I'm in Charleston visiting my friends Eve and Jon. They live in a beautiful house downtown, in the heart of the city. Eve, who is an architect by training, has researched the house and found tax records that go back to the 1790s, but suspects it dates from as far back as the 1760s.

When I stay with them, each night I lie in bed, look around at the guest bedroom, and wonder to myself, "How many people have been born in this room? How many people have died in this room? How many people have fallen in love in this room? How many people have fallen out of love in this room?" I wonder about all the incredible history that must have taken place in the last two centuries within the walls that surround me.

And then I sleep better than I sleep anywhere else in the world.

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