Someone I do not know sent me a surprising gift: a memory of what I said, who I was.

Memory plays tricks on us, and sometimes I learn things about myself from people I met or knew many years ago. And I wonder, “did I do that? Did I say that?”

Here is my gift from Nathaniel Smith:

“A bit of history about Diane: In a post “Diane Ravitch on and since 1/11/88″ at, I wrote up my notes on a talk she gave 25 years ago to the day at Franklin and Marshall College on 1/11/88. I tended to agree with her then, and i agree with her even more now!”