Monday

When Kathleen was in her early forties, her sons were drag-racing on the parkway with some other teenagers and did not take the turn well. Their cars slammed into the great oaks that lined the two-lane road. Samuel was driving and died on impact. His best friend Andy was paralyzed from the neck down but Reggie, Kathleen’s youngest son, somehow survived. On that day, Kathleen’s husband was down in Daytona at the races,there with his latest girlfriend. In order to tell him about the accident, they had to call his name on the PA system and then it was his…

Sunday

Now he has again preceded me a little in parting from this strange world. This has no importance. For people like us who believe in physics, the separation between past, present and future has only the importance of an admittedly tenacious illusion.Albert Einstein upon the death of his dear friend Michele Besso When I learn that people are dying or have cut to the chase, I always feel a surge of resolve to live even harder, push even further. It may be that this is an illusion, that we are just one collective being, that we occur and reoccur, but…