October 17, 2002

P.O. Box 12078
Cincinnati, OH 45212

October 17, 2002

Hello everyone,

Hope all is well. Karin and I drove to Hagerstown, Maryland, yesterday. We have concerts this evening (10/17) in Vienna, Virginia, tomorrow (10/18) at Messiah College (near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) and then Saturday (10/19) in Pittsburgh. If you can join us, check out overtherhine.com for more details. We’d love to see you.

We couldn’t help but notice last night as we drove up to the hotel, that we crossed Antietam Creek. Antietam was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War. So we’re going to wander around this afternoon and see what we can find before we head to the venue.

We recently watched the Ken Burns documentary, The Civil War, and have come to learn that we’re increasingly thirsty for history. Does this mean we’re growing older? Last week, I read a book by James Bradley called, Flags of our Fathers, a true account of the six boys that raised the flag over Iwo Jima in WWII. Heartbreaking, shocking, humbling stuff. History does inevitably pose rhetorical questions to each of us: What am I doing with these days that I’ve been given? How will I look back on my life years from now? What kind of a person am I?

Well before I wander too far off, I should get back to the point of this letter.

Y’all might want to check out the special we’re running at overtherhine.com between now and the end of the year.

Enjoy and more later,

Linford for Over the Rhine