Pour an extra cup of coffee. A bit larger than usual today. A bright and beautiful segue into the holiday season. Baroque music from this side of the pond. All too often forgotten or overlooked. Enjoy the music and enjoy your day!
That which may have been lost this week may not be fully realized or appreciated for months or even years to come.
What has been set aside, perhaps forever, during the course of this campaign is the elegance, beauty and persuasiveness of well-reasoned argument presented with passion, clarity and without apology through the beauty of our language and the age-old traditions and norms of civil discourse.
For this there is plenty of blame to go around. Many have played a part. My desire is not to blame but rather to question. If our republic cannot rely on these attributes during what might arguably be the best of times, how will we retrieve them in the darkest of times as we have done so often in our past?
Today’s selection might well be seen as either a call to arms or a eulogy. At least here on the ‘Trail’ I have the unbridled confidence that it will be the former — that reason, civility and passion will not only survive but flourish.
Two American originals: Aaron Copeland and Abraham Lincoln.
Thank you Trailmixers for who you are and what you do. Bless you.