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I am married, a lifelong musician, somewhat competent photographer, and world traveler. Having been around for over 60 years, I have lots of "stuff" floating around inside my head that is screaming to get out.


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Monday, June 29, 2009

The Fickle Finger of Fate

The deaths of four celebrities this past week, gives us a chance to explore mortality, and as Dick Martin of "Laugh In" used to say ' The Fickle Finger of Fate". What is the reason that some leave this world in sudden unexpected ways, while others hold on to life for as long as they are able? Why do we wage wars, which snatch the breath of life from so many young people?

I have no answers, but then maybe we're not supposed to have the answers. Maybe our lot is to question the unexplained, and life's little mysteries . Without the quest for answers, the great leaps of science and technology would not have taken place, without the searches of areas unknown, we wouldn't know about our earth, our solar system, and the vast space beyond.

Maybe we're meant to question, look in awe upon the little things, and just enjoy the ride.

"Live Long and Prosper"
Vulcan Salute


  1. Hi Norman
    your pictures are just beautiful

    Are the blue flowers cornflowers?

    I find celebrity worship very odd but perhaps they do serve some purpose that our communities and families no longer provide - I mean that they offer us archetypes and symbols that we can relate to and when they die we are reminded or our own indulgences, and how we spend our time...what is important...

    I always told my clients that we should just keep on asking the questions but some of them don't have any ready answers, some never will...but it's in the asking that we sometimes find other things...

    Happy Days

  2. I got a little tired of all the attention paid to the death of the king of weird. Yes, he was talented, but so what?