My girlfriend and I went this past weekend to WaterFire in Providence, RI. If you have not seen this romantic display of art, music, energy and community, you must. This weekend’s theme was Choose Peace.

New this year (I believe) was the Starry Starry Night feature, which allows people to craft a dedication message, accompanying a candlelit luminary along the canal embankment and nearby steps, for a lost love. How fitting to do this, as my father died 11 years ago today: Aug. 11, 1998. In life, he wasn’t the brightest beacon of light out there, but today I continue to feel his presence and am nonetheless inspired to try to live my life the best way I know how.

Placing a luminary for my father at WaterFire

Placing a luminary for my father at WaterFire

Luminary for my father at WaterFire

Luminary for my father at WaterFire