I'm back from an exhilirating (though exhausting) week in Scotland. I'll write more over the next few days. Briefly now, though: I felt very much "in my element" during the conference. I felt very much a part of the community. I'm somehwat more settled to continuing the effort to land myself a permanent post, somewhere, somewhen, within the academy. I wish to remain practical however, and do not rule out other options. Yet, I've returned a bit to my "three-year fellowship" plan, settled more into the prospect of continuing the search, without the urgency to lower my standards, or reduce my expectations. Thanks for the encouraging and supportive comments over this past week.
By the way, the weather was gorgeous there (warm, not a drop of rain), during my entire visit. A bit brisk in the mornings, quite appropriate and pleasant to accompany my 25-minute walks from the university hotel (dormitory) to the conference venue. Lots of exercise, rather welcome. And, to add to the sense of belonging, the flight home presented the movie "Gideon's Daughter" with a nice convergence for me, highlighting the very city I was visiting. Who knows, maybe they'll have a post opening up in the next year.