★ For Boston

I have only ever been there in my dreams, or else seen the city through the lens of a camera. It has always seemed to me an exceptional city, and its people have proven today that it is. My heart goes out to everyone there, and because our only option is to continue to live in this world, I offer first accolades to the runners for a race well done, and condolences second for the tragedy that struck such a celebration of life and accomplishment.

My friend and colleague Sean reminded me that sometimes our own concerns and lives are put into different perspectives by such events. No matter what happens, we only have each other, and one chance for this life. I hope that, however we can manage it, we continue to strive for peace.