Somehow, with all the shame surrounding the lamestream media's handling of Benghazi (notice how the truth will shine like a beacon through the fog -- every time?), and the mixed news from all the church litigation that is ongoing, I cannot find it in me to write anything just now about either law or politics. There is little there to celebrate, and much to lament.
In such moments, I find it lifts up one's spirit to take refuge in music. One of my favorite pieces for the cello is a piece written over 130 years ago by the great Franco-German cellist and composer, Jacques Offenbach, called "Les Larmes de Jacqueline," or "The Tears of Jacqueline." Here is a superb version of it, arranged for cello and ensemble and played by Werner Thomas-Mifune (unfortunately no longer in distribution, but misattributed here to Jacqueline du Pré, no doubt due to the name of the piece):
A few years back, I imagined and wrote a short story about how such beautiful music may have come to be written (apart, that is, from the fact that one of Offenbach's daughters was named "Jacqueline" -- that seemed to be too easy). If, after hearing the piece, you would like to read it, the link is here.