I thought of Lowell and the power of “place” to speak to us through sights that are beautiful, stirring, wondrous, or calming when I read NYTimes writer Frank Bruni’s essay this morning—about visiting past homes and the importance of seeing what’s in front of us. Read his Op-Ed piece here, and get the NYT if you want more.
In his column, he writes about a certain plaza in Rome where he sees a building that resembles a large chest-of-drawers. I had a similar experience yesterday morning, walking to an 8 a.m. meeting at City Hall. At the corner of Market and Worthen streets the low sun washed a renovated building across from the Southeast Asian Restaurant. It was as if I was seeing the building for the first time, from my angle of approach.