Working on last weeks blog, I was reminded of my trip long ago to the city of Pompeii. It is hard to look away and forget disasters—and yet despite an account by Pliny the Younger, the story of the volcano Vesuvius and the city it destroyed remained buried under many feet of volcanic ash for 1,500 years before anyone decided to look. Even then, and for reasons unknown, it was largely ignored for another 150 years. Finally, in 1748 a Spanish engineer began to excavate the site and the world became captivated by the story and the glimpse of Roman life that the the ashes preserved. I remember walking the cobblestone streets gazing with wonder at the shapes, colors and textures of this ruined city. Much of the artwork was…