Dona (aka Cedar Waxwing) has been there from the beginning, 43 days into my annual blogging project, way back in 2007. I like to picture her in leafy Bethesda, looking out from her office into the trees, maybe with some squirrels dashing along the branches past her window, as she blogs about family, and food, and road trips, and wonderful old letters and, most recently photographs. She also has the most entertaining dreams of anyone I know, and – along with Indigo Bunting – has changed the way I see birds and people who see birds. Inspired by a road trip Dona took with her daughter (and a resultant video), I tried to emulate this in Italy. I failed, but felt as if Dona and my other blog readers were there with me in spirit!