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fable of the spider who spun his death

A mosquito, caught on a thread of a spider’s web… …pleaded with the hairy arachnid: “I’ll sing for you if you’ll spare my life.  You don’t even have to free me—just let me live.” This spider had never met a … Continue reading

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the fable of a dove reborn

While walking along a country road one summer morning long ago… …I did as boys often do: I stepped on something dead.  Yes, deliberately.  A dove with a twisted neck lying in the dust and gravel. I’m embarrassed in my … Continue reading

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remembering…

Victory.  Failure. After the battle is won The wise ruler behaves As though at a funeral. Grieving.      — from Tao Te Ching, Cloud Hands Edition Memorial Day seems to have become another holiday of celebration in my country. For years, … Continue reading

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Live and Let Die

Here’s some simple wisdom regarding life after death… …from my favorite James Bond—Sir Roger Moore: “…death is going into the next room… “It’s a room the rest of us can’t go into, because we don’t have the key.  But when … Continue reading

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there in spirit

  “I know he’s looking down on us from above.” I’m sympathetic when I hear anyone utter such a statement, though it does sound a little hokey to me… I’m sympathetic because I know this belief helps ease the pain. … Continue reading

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a time to die?

  “I think you die when it’s your time to go.” When I heard that statement from a co-worker, nearly forty years ago, it seemed absurd to me… After all, I’d just read about the purge, conducted by Pol Pot … Continue reading

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waking up to life

  As a young man, I was warned… I was told I’d wake up one morning and suddenly realize I was mortal. What a ridiculous notion! I thought.  Everybody knows they’ll die someday. But then, a few years later, I … Continue reading

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