My brother Lyndon gave me these Murano glass orbs to mark big occasions. He gave me the first one—with the millefiori pattern and small white stars—when I graduated from law school. It came new, in a box with a ribbon, and the presentation was beautiful. It’s more grown-up than the other two, which were bought secondhand. The blood-colored one was a gift for my 30th birthday, and the one with the "snakeskin" ribbon was when I moved back to Austin, Texas, from New York City.