Many historians trace the seeds of the momentous events of November 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down, as being planted back in August 1975 when 35 nations, including the United States, unanimously approved the Helsinki Accords.
One of the things to love about Berlin is that -- as historically rich as it is -- it's also an incredibly forward-looking city, bustling with new art, creative types, great food, and sights to see that seem to change by the hour.
As I sat down in my seat at the Majestic Theatre to see The Phantom of the Opera in this, its 25th year of performances, I could not help but think of my three-year-old self watching another Andrew Lloyd Webber hit.
When you have been together for 25 years, friends start to ask for advice. I have none. I don't presume to know what makes a relationship work -- all I have is some vague idea of what might possibly make mine work.
This is the kind of magic I have grown to love having in my life -- the making, the inventing, the testing, the sharing. Life writ larger than life. That's why I'm still Burning after all these years. Cheers, Burning Man -- Happy 25th!