"The cornerstone of optimism
is the willingness to believe
that the inevitable is desirable."
I saw that quote this morning in a New York Times review of five recently published books on death and dying. The author of the review, Andrew Solomon, found the books to be more uplifting than not. I was struck by the sentiment, in this season in which both my parents passed away, my father twenty years ago this week, and my mother a year ago next month. The quote feels hopeful, even as I weather the stiff winds of memory. Unfortunately, I have no idea where I found that photograph. If you read here and that stunning lonely resilient tree is yours, please enlighten me, and I will happily give credit where it is due. I'm always so taken by that particular burnt red in photographs.