Tag Archives: loss

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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the plus of minus

  As a schoolboy, I had a hard time accepting that two negative numbers, when multiplied together, would produce a positive… But I wanted to pass the test, so I went along. Now, years later, I’ve come to see how … Continue reading

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Under the Half-mast Flag

  I first saw our flag at half-mast when I was seven—after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. When I returned from Thanksgiving vacation, I could see the flag from my schoolroom window… When the wind was still and the … Continue reading

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Making Sense of a Contradiction

  “Few movies are ever made about sick people courageously taking a doctor’s advice.”                   — Roger Ebert, from Life Itself: A Memoir When I heard that quote, I suddenly realized a contradiction… Though we celebrate individual heroism in story and … Continue reading

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Living Elvis’ Dream

  I don’t think Elvis belongs in our new mythology… …though some say he’s risen from the dead—they claim to have seen him at some fast-food outlet… …and hordes of the faithful still make the pilgrimage to Graceland. Yes, Elvis is … Continue reading

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Donkey Tails

  This Aesop’s fable stopped me dead still… …because its moral seems to speak directly to our times. As the story begins… A weary traveler hires a driver with a donkey to take him to the next town. They begin … Continue reading

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