Every morning at sunrise, 365 days a year, Indian people arrive at the shores of the Ganges river to bathe in the sacred water, to mourn and burn the dead, to pay homage to their ancestors with offers of floating candles and flowers petals, and to pray. This is the holiest hour of the day at the holiest place on earth for all Hindus. In Varanasi, we woke before dawn and made our own pilgrimage to the riverbank to witness these rituals firsthand. If you like, as this is the dawn of a new year, use this moment as we did to consider the things that lie in our wake and contemplate all that lies ahead. Happy New Year, deep love, and safe travels in 2013 to all who follow along.