Welcome to a new format, I’m calling Scraps. It will be a small collection of unrelated ideas, thoughts, and personal anecdotes. Let me know what you want to see more of from me. Experiencing Moments of Solitude. I was lucky enough to be able to see some incredible live music this summer from the moving and nostalgia-inducing performance from Jason Isbell to the electrifying show that Kendrick Lamar put on at Lollapalooza, and most recently the energetic singalong fest from Jimmy Eat World. These have been some unforgettable shows. Yet even as I find myself swaying with the crowd I can’t help but feel somewhat alone. I went to all of these shows on my own, which I don’t mind. I still find the concert-going experience enjoyable when you're alone. But there is something I have been feeling lately, and that is the feeling of isolation. So many of the activities I do on a regular basis are solitary, whether it’s work, exercise, or concerts, when you add them all up it can have a compounding effect. I think part of the reason I have been feeling this is the changing of the season. Summer as usual was spent nonstop with my family, and for that to change within a week as the boys go back to school and Lizzy goes back to teaching can be a lot to adjust to. I hope that as we fall into the routine of the school year I will adjust and feel less isolated. I know I’m not the only one who feels like this sometimes, and I take comfort in that.