One of my treasured memories is a great weekend Jawa Girl and I spent in Boston shortly before moving back to Cincinnati in 2007. We walked the Freedom Trail, had some great food and shopping at Quincy Market, enjoyed some pastries from the North End, and watched everyone celebrate a Red Sox no-hitter. It’s a great city with a lot to offer. We have good friends who grew up there, and good friends who live close by. And what a rich musical and academic history!

So yeah, the events of yesterday hurt.

I am not going to hazard a guess as to who was responsible (though you’d better believe I have some ideas). Our first priority now must be to bind the wounds of the injured, soothe the souls of the hurting, and memorialize those who were killed. Justice will come, and it will roll down like a mighty river, but it will come properly. We must not lash out blindly. We did that once, and it didn’t work.

Rather, let us devote our energies to love. Love beats hate every time. Let us love one another. As W. H. Auden said in “September 1, 1939,” we must love one another or die.

WF

(1) All of our stuff finally arrived yesterday. The unpacking has begun. Everything which needs to be at the office is at the office, and almost unpacked. The bedroom is complete. The kitchen is about 85 – 90% done. (That’s all Jawa Girl’s doing.)

(2) I lost two relations by marriage in two days. My cousin Betty’s husband Paul died Sunday after a long illness, and my cousin Harry Lee’s wife Rhea Dawn died suddenly Monday after a massive stroke. Betty and Harry Lee are siblings (two of seven from my mom’s Aunt Jessie and Uncle Ralph). It’s been challenging back home, to say the least. Paul and Rhea Dawn were both wonderful people, and though we weep for them, we know they are at rest.

(3) This is a really good bunch of students. I have to bring my “A” game every single day, and then beyond.

(4) Presenting at a conference in early October. Guess I’d better book the flight.

WF

There are no words. I hope the victims of the Aurora shooting find the peace and healing they need. I hope the perpetrator is given a fair trial and an appropriate punishment. And I hope we have a real discussion at some point about what is going on here.

Yes, I mean guns.

WF

“No politician who voted funds for war, no business contractor for the military, no general who ordered young men into battle, no FBI man who spied on anti-war activities, should be invited to public ceremonies on this sacred day. Let the dead of past wars be honored. Let those who live pledge themselves never to embark on mass slaughter again.” – Howard Zinn

WF

The Czech playwright who helped topple totalitarianism in his home country and became its president has passed away at the age of 75. Havel deserves more credit than he’s given (and certainly more than Reagan, Thatcher, et al) for ending the Cold War. Also: While I wouldn’t begin to claim that all creative types naturally make good leaders, let the record show that Havel was a playwright and poet (and even Reagan, the most overrated President in history, was an actor). Do not think that creative types – even Hollywood types – can’t be political leaders.

WF

I’ve been an Apple guy for over 20 years. Like most people, my first computer was a PC. We had a clunky old HP box on the desk in the study from my junior year of HS onward. When I went off to college, I got to experience notation programs, which at the time were only available on Macs.

Wow.

I know they cost more. I know they have been limited in the past. I know that some of my more populist friends think I’m being elitist. I. Don’t. Care. I like the look, the feel, how they work. I love my iPhone and iPod. I’m writing this on a MacBook Pro laptop.

We’ll miss you, Steve. You showed us that function and design can work together. You changed how we listen to music. You taught us to think different.

WF