Endings and Beginnings

I spent the better part of my day today at a funeral. While I would never risk intruding on a family’s grief by taking pictures at a service, I did see this image as I was arriving, set some distance away from anyone else. I love the bagpipes. They fit well at both the happiest and saddest moments in our lives; I hear the skirl of bagpipes often at both weddings and funerals (but rarely at anything else, now that I think of it…) and welcome the sound at both occasions. The rich, layered tones find us where we are and raise us up and help us to feel joy — whether for the life of one just departed or for two lives joined into one.

Travel safely if you will be on the road this holiday weekend, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

November 22, 2005


“While the Democrats are focusing on how we were misled to war, Bush is focusing on how to mislead us out of it. … If we were wrong about why we went in, we have to be wrong about why we’re leaving. Otherwise it sends our enemies the message that America lacks the will to remain incorrect.”
— Rob Corddry on The Daily Show

November 21, 2005

A Monday Photo

It’s a cold, rainy, dreary Monday here, so I thought I’d pull something beautiful out of the archives to pretty the place up a bit. This is a view of Florence from above, taken last summer when I was lucky enough to get to visit Firenze, one of Europe’s most gorgeous cities.