Condolences from the Road
I'm just blogging to mention something brief. A good friend of mine lost her grandfather recently. He was a man who was known as "the People's Physician," due to his habit of treating the poor for free. He was similarly a gifted humanitarian and linguist who has done much for the world. I am truly sorry over her loss, and this loss to the world in general.
Additionally, a close friend of my family, who I will refer to as Mr. Harper, recently passed away. A retired teacher and father of two, he returned from a cruise with his wife and declared on Christmas eve that it was time for them to stop travelling so much and enjoy life at home with friends and family. The next day, Christmas morning, while taking a walk with his oldest son he suffered a massive heart attack. Reportedly, he suddenly clutched his heart, gasped out, "I love you guys," and then died on the sidewalk.
With Christmas so recently behind us, my cousin getting married tomorrow, and the New Year drawing nigh, it is a time for joy and celebrating new beginnings. Let us also remember the endings, and keep in mind that from one comes the other.
Take care, everyone, and happy holidays.