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September 16, 2008 [ More archived home pages here ]

Passing Situations

The above image, Isle of Reconciliation

Today's song is Philadelphia by Neil Young, released in 1993.

Monday morning I awoke from a disturbing dream. In that dream there was a person I once knew who was looking at me. I stepped closer to that person and saying their name asked, "Will you now start speaking to me again?" At that point I woke up, leaving the dream's question unanswered. In real life I already know the answer, but the emotional effect lingered throughout the day.

Upon rising, I started my computer and the first email across my eyes was a message that my friend, Cecil Artus, passed away earlier that morning at the age of 96. I met Cec in 1970. He was the brother of Monty Artus, who passed away in January 2004. For the last several years Cec and I would speak by phone three or four times a year. He will be greatly missed.

I called my best friend, Bill Artus, to express my condolences on the passing of his Uncle. Bill is fighting off the historic flood waters of the midwest around his home and the emotional burden of Cec's passing just adds to his current list of woes. I wish I could be there with him.

All these personal matters are put into perspective of a stock market drop of over 500 points, the hurricane damage across the nation, a general feeling of ill-ease in the population. It is a time of testing for so many Americans.

I'm drawing strength from the online PBS series about FDR. Our nation faced horrendous years starting with the Stock Market Crash of 1929. With all that we are experiencing today, it bears only slight resemblance to what happened back then.

My grief for the personal events of Monday will be brought to terms shortly. My sorrow for those Americans suffering from the hurricane beyond my personal connections will be replaced with optimism as Americans draw together to help out.

My dreams are beyond my control. I know some issues of life remained unresolved to my satisfaction. I am not alone in that regard as I continue forward on my path towards their resolution.


Found on the web links for September 15, 2008 [ Link since removed ]


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