MEMORY IS LOOKING BACK. I do it all the time, since that’s where my life is, and I have yet to suffer the fate of Lot’s wife and get turned into a pillar of salt. In fact, I am always doing my best to avoid too much sodium, for health reasons. Lot’s wife, who is not named in the bible, but is called Ado or Edith in the Midrash, may have been disobedient out of simple curiosity, or sadness at having to leave Sodom, or to see if relatives were getting out as well. For whatever reason, she looked back and, KABATZ!, she was sodiumized. There are all sorts of possible messages in this, not the least of which is…when God tells you not to look back, don’t look back. But I’ve received no such godly edict, and so I will continue to flip back through the nooks and crannies of my memory at will without fear of some kind of heavenly transformation into NaCl, and if anyone criticizes me, I take it with a grain of salt.