In transit to Bismarck, presently in Chicago at O’Hare in the terminal for my flight. President George H.W. Bush’s funeral service at the National Cathedral is on the screens in the terminal, and the federal government is closed today in his honor. It might be my imagination, but the terminal seems quieter than it might otherwise be. More public spaces should be like that, but always rather than only at distinctive national moments.

A few scenes from the flight from Philadelphia to Chicago. I’ll land in Bismarck in the early afternoon, and we’ll get underway at University of Mary this week with lectures ranging from moral decision making to personalism and the business of medicine, to health policy and bioethics case studies.