“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death--ought to decide, indeed, to earn one's death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible for life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.”
― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I'm not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you've felt that way.
― Charles Bukowski
The roll call begins, again.
No coffee today. Sadly, one of the side-effects of this virus — this damn virus — is I can't stand the smell, let alone the taste of coffee. Hopefully 🤞, it's not permanent.
And, I'm here.
To me at least, a blessing.
A wonderful blessing.
Yesterday, we saw my very poorly father-in-law, Brian (aka BTP or Captain Chaos). This is the first time the whole family had seen him in three months. That's not quite true. My wife had managed to see him whilst he was in hospital as she works there but it was very limited because of the strict CV19 conditions. I pretty much knew what to expect — he has late-stage heart failure and a bushel of other complications including kidney failure and water retention. My kids, on the other hand? Well, despite my wife and I doing our very best to prepare them, they were visibly distressed with his physical condition and sadly by virtue of a bad night's sleep his speech was slurred and his hand/eye coordination a little off. We didn't stay long as we didn't think it fair and that was probably as well because he had a steady stream of visitors for the rest of the day which, I've no doubt, would have left him exhausted.( Collapse )
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- Sun, 12:36: Looking through my Kindle library of 496 books I can see not only how my tastes/interests have changed in the last… https://t.co/rnUwV0nmr5
- Sun, 14:42: Watching some of the last interviews of Christopher Hitchens. I really do wonder what he would have made of the wor… https://t.co/kljNidVEjh
- Mon, 06:00: “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means t… https://t.co/fwwiAt92Zv
- Mon, 06:59: This morning's one picture. It's a chilly start to the day. https://t.co/6mgMkykDJw
- Mon, 07:20: We are the change https://t.co/hZtgMVFNk0 / today's blog offering https://t.co/gNzfWZdMmd
- Mon, 07:27: Watch @JuSummerhayes's broadcast: my morning meditation https://t.co/Q7QnNRslRC
- Mon, 10:45: Still no audio on Twitter.
- Mon, 11:52: Flowers for Allison - simply stunning. https://t.co/LpgGPuYTpw