Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Sunday, 2018.03.25
If there are gods in the heavens, maybe they know the future. As a human being,
I can only say that the future is yet to be made. Let us go forth and make it,
but let us make it as beautifully as we can. The degree of elegance is
determined by our will and the perfection of our own personalities. Therefore,
do not sigh over misfortune or adversity. Whether you are happy or sad is
entirely up to you.

		Deng Ming-Dao, "365 Tao - Daily Meditations", #274


Farewells and Tributes

Said goodbye to my Grandmother this week, Lucile D. B. Engel. At 95, she finished her work here last Friday morning and set sail for the after-life. I made the drive from Denver to Sioux Falls for the funeral. While I had seen bunches of people die in the various nursing homes I’ve worked in and seen people die in hospitals, TV ER style, surrounded by a tornado of disposable medical supplies and everybody shouting (where’s the peace in that?), this was the first member of my family I’d ever seen where the light had left. And Grandma has a tremendous light. She suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune with legendary grace and humor. (more…)

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