It takes a particular kind of vision to see that beauty truly is important in our lives. The beauty that inspires us to be more creative, to be more passionate, to love what we are doing even more deeply. I think of so many of the tools I use each day...knives, flashlights, ovens, phones, computers.... I know that when I use a knife that has a certain shape to its handle that is the perfect blend of functionality and beauty, I'm inspired to prepare something amazing. When I type on my MacBook Pro, I'm inspired to write more, and I have so much fun doing it. I even love doing laundry because my machine is so darn pretty! Seriously, there's just something about it. I think about when I see ancient tools from an archeological find that are amazing and lovely and so carefully designed and constructed. I'm quite sure the act of creating and using these tools brought these ancient peoples closer to their gods. Our culture forgets this in so many areas and I think it's a loss to us as a whole. I feel really lucky to have had Apples and Macs in my life since I was a child. I think my family or I have owned virtually every product that Steve Jobs ever helped design and develop...including the NeXT computer. I'm hugely thankful for the beauty and inspiration he brought to this world. A true visionary.