January 23, 2019

Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories: those that don't work, those that break down, and those that get lost. As a general rule, any object capable of breaking down at the moment when it is most needed will do so.

—Russell Baker
  American writer(1925-January 21, 2019)

Source:"The War against People," essay in The New York Times, June 1968

The Boston Globe‚Äôs editors and I agreed in December 2015 that Reflection for the Day will no longer appear in the newspaper, ending a 32-year run since the feature was launched by visionary Boston Globe editor Thomas Winship. I will continue to publish the Reflections on this website every day, including most Sundays, into 2016 and beyond. To my many regular print readers through the years I extend deep gratitude and warm wishes for the New Year. —Thomas Fitzpatrick