It certainly has been a long time since I have written in this space, and I do apologize for my negligence. I write this sitting on my balcony, enjoying one of the last few days warm enough to do so, surveying the variegated patchwork of autumnal foliage blanketing the hills of Brookline, musing upon the wisps of pipe smoke that pirouette as if dancing upon the breeze before being swept away. The shrill sirens of a passing ambulance, a sound all too common around here, rouses me from my reverie. However, my mood has already entrenched itself firmly in the realm of nostalgia. Allow me, then, a few, or I rather suspect many, words on events that have passed some time ago.