Very likely tucked away among your most precious memories is an evening stroll along a beach, an experience perhaps warmed by the companionship of a friend or child. Probably you remember the feeling of moist sand under your bare feet, the kiss of a light breeze in your face, or the roar of the sea --- in the dark it sounds less like waves striking the sand and more like those eternal oceans you hear calling in a shell. But if there was a lighthouse beacon flashing in the distance, calling to you from the horizon, that part of the memory is especially bright.
Lighthouses and their beacons appeal to our sense of wonder, and as with the ocean itself, we attach a mythological importance to them. Even when we are far inland and away from the shore, the mere image of a lighthouse on a post card, a stamp or a company logo will remind us of the sea and our powerful connection to it.