Death Follows Life

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity. ~Seneca, Roman philosopher

The dreary gray days of winter always seem to bring a flood of deaths.

Obituaries crowd the pages of our daily newspaper. Local funeral homes bulge with mourners paying their respects to the dying and doing what they can to comfort the left-behind family. Endless processions snake their way through town en route to one of the cemeteries.

None of us wants to think about dying, but let’s be realistic. We don’t get out of here alive. And before we go, chances are we’ll have to attend a wake or two. So what’s proper to say at a visitation to those who are grieving … and what’s not?

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It’s Called Scareware

From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own. ~Syrus, Roman writer

Earlier this week, I was listening to music and reading blogs when suddenly on my computer screen four popups appeared warning me that Microsoft had detected hackers breaching my firewall and trying to hijack my machine.

I know what you’re thinking — ignore them. But a voice was reading the warnings — over and over — and I couldn’t “X” out of the ads. My heart started racing, and logic flew out the window.

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Feet: Our Foundation

Our feet are our body’s connection to the earth. ~Andrew Weil, American celebrity doctor

Most of us give little thought to our feet … until something happens to make them hurt.

For me, that something happened over the holidays when I twisted my ankle going down the stairs.

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Roof Rescue

There’s an old Chinese proverb that says, “If you save a life, you are responsible for that life.”

But memory is a funny thing. Whether the fault lies in time, distance, or something else, the saver and the saved just might recall a life-saving incident differently … or not at all.

Case in point:

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Sticky Fingered Help

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. ~John Powell

In the ongoing search to find appropriate light housecleaning services for my aging mom, I’ve just about come to the conclusion it would be easier to strap wings to a pig’s back and watch him fly.

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Last Mercury Retrograde of 2016

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Caution is needed
Mercury now retrograde
Applecart upset

Note: Mercury is retrograde until Jan. 8, 2017. Some believe this is a time of snarled communications and faulty judgment, a time when we must not enter into binding contracts, new jobs, or new relationships. Whether you believe all that or not, I suppose lying low is prudent.

Who’s Thirsty?

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732 (British physician and preacher)

Earlier this week, a water main broke in my neighborhood, and the city issued a boil order.

For those unaware of such things, let’s just call it a Royal Pain-in-the-You-Know-What.

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Weathering the Years

In youth the days are short and the years are long; in old age the years are short and the days long. ~Nikita Ivanovich Panin, Russian statesman

My neighbor doesn’t seem to sleep
His light comes on at four.
Sometimes outside the blinds I peep
And watch him pace the floor.

Behind his walker off he rolls
Back and forth and back.
His carpet must be filled with holes
At least in one small track.

He turns the TV on at five
And thus it stays all day.
Surely not a man alive
Can tolerate that sway.

He used to go to work, I guess,
Made time to have some fun,
Read a book, played some chess,
Chauffeured daughter and son.

I know he used to mow the lawn,
Raked leaves and blew the snow.
Now he seems to greet the dawn
With television show.

He doesn’t put on makeup
No breakfast does he cook.
So why this early wake up
From his quiescent nook?

I guess the older that we get
The more we know for sure
Our time, no matter how we fret,
On earth is never sure.

We think we’re busy when we’re kids
We’re always on the go.
When old age comes we’re on the skids
And life becomes real slow.

Note: Part true; part fictionalized. You can guess, if you’d like, which is which, but I’m not telling, in deference to those described!