Wednesday, May 18, 2011

bright side of life

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

15 comments:

tut-tut said...

I like this very much, especially seeing you in the window. Also thinking about a "happy" death, that isn't an oxymoron. Bowling till the end; isn't that something. off to read is obituary.

(I like your kind but firm caveat, above!)

tut-tut said...

boy, that is a lovely tribute. Who wrote it?

mouse (aka kimy) said...

isn't it wonderful - i asked alice the very same question - answer, her sisters with some input from her ma. at time al was busily making her way to the family home from oly.

i always believed wes was a kind of renaissance man...and the write up confirms my impression!

happy you had the time to read it & enjoyed it.

Betty C. said...

The proverbial OMG! I definitely know this place (sorry to get off of the subject of the post, but since you pointed it out to me...) What were you doing in OlyWa in April 2010?

Tess Kincaid said...

Wonderful self-portrait included here! I LOVE the Python. It's one of my favorite funnies of all time. Thanks for the giggles, as well as the good message behind it.

tut-tut said...

Betty C., Kim Mouse is a world traveler.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

betty c - visiting alice and hitting the annual parade of species event!

tess - thanks like it too (the s.p.) love, love, love monty python!

tut - i wish!!! world traveler is a bit of an overstatement, especially compared to folks like betty c! but i do like a wander and wander when i can!!!!

Dumdad (& Maurice) said...

Lovely tribute. A man who had a wonderful and long life. May we all be blessed like this. Thank you for your comment on my blog.I try not to be smug - I know we must take the pleasures that come to us with open arms. One never knows when the grim reaper decides to look our way . . .

Roy said...

Heh, heh! Portrait of the artist at work.

Betsy said...

aww...nice.

who's that cute girl with the camera?? :)

Angella Lister said...

this is a lovely tribute to a life well lived. god bless.

Merle Sneed said...

Sounds like Wes made the most of things while he was here. Can't ask for more than that. I'm sorry for your loss, my friend.

Daisy said...

A wonderful tribute to Wes. My condolences to his family, especially your friend Alice. Thanks for sharing his way of living fully - an example always treasured.

Megan said...

Wall AND window, that's wonderful. Thanks for sharing about Wes. I'm off to read the obit now. And hooray for 40-year friendships!

California Girl said...

"Cheer up you old bugger" is one of the last spoken lines in the song.

I'll read the obit. Lovely tribute. I hope I go that way. Don't we all?