It's all in the circles

When I look at the photo below, it reminds me of a time when my wife and I left an idyllic seaside vacation north of Boston, bound for the city to sign her up for a graduate class of vital importance.

To our chagrin, an administrative snafu prevented her enrollment. The professor of her fallback course, however, put her in touch with a prestigious college, where she has since carried out her life's work.

We learned that without hindsight, we just don't know if events are "good" or "bad."

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Similarly, the elements of this image might elicit annoyance: ticking parking meters, a double-parked truck slowing traffic, a graffiti-clad mailbox.

But I think that the congruent circles - a wheel and a logo - soften this hard-edged Boston scene, rendering it whimsical.

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