Approaching Ashland Oregon in the US, after a quiet cautious covid summer on Cortes, the first sightings of the devastation from the recent wildfires came into view. Over 2,300 homes and businesses were utterly destroyed in the valley. The landscape was decimated and the losses were heartbreaking and incalculable. But we are all dealing with losses this year, some of them sharper and more permanent than others. Friends or family taken too soon by illness, rites of passage like graduations...