June 27, 2017

The great stage of an ordinary Tuesday in ordinary time. We have our curses, our gripes, our lies all on the stale breath of 6:37 A. M. in the city no one dreams, the Tuesday
in which we shall live for this day or not at all.

—Philip Levine
  American poet(1928-2015)

Source:”More Than you gave” in The New Yorker, March 9, 2015

The Boston Globe’s 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 Tom Winship. This website will continue to publish the Reflections every day, including most Sundays, into 2016. To my many regular print readers through the years I extend deep gratitude and warm wishes for the New Year. —Tom Fitzpatrick