The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
Bertrand Russell (18 may 1872 -1970) philosopher, mathematician, social critic
and now for something completely different - for wednesday a wall and a window.
speaking of and now for something completely different how about a little monty python.
always look on the bright side of life from the gang's brilliant 1979 comedic masterpiece monty python's life of brian . unfortunately i couldn't embed this clip from the film, but the following is the next best thing.
The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy - I mean that if you are happy you will be good. (BR)
i dedicate today's post to wes lind, the brilliant and always happy and good father of alice, my best friend of almost forty years. wes passed away suddenly after 88 (almost 89!) full years of life. if there is such a thing as a 'good death,' wes achieved it - he collapsed while bowling last friday morning, after arriving at the hospital he regained consciousness, chatted with his wife and hospital staff, and then closed his eyes and quietly and peacefully took his next big trip to go home to god.
because of my close friendship with alice, i have known wes for thirty-five years. one does not often receive another loving family through a friendship, but with alice i am so blessed. wes was a remarkable human being who was not only brillant, happy, and good, but humble, kind and wickedly funny (it would not be unusual to find wes singing a monty python tune or referencing a thinker like bertrand russell). the world is a happier and "good-er" place because of wes - don't believe me, just read this lovely obituary.
thank you wes. rest in peace.
photo: olympia wa, april 2010