Monday, September 5, 2011

Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty

I have just finished reading a new book, called Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty.  The author, Neil Hanson, writes a poetic letter to his recently deceased father.  The eldest of three brothers,  Neil sits at his father's bedside in ICU as his father's heart gives out and he slips away.  The three agonize over whether to tell the hospital staff to resuscitate their father.  In the end they do agree not to take any heroic measures.

Neil says in the Afterword:

           We live in a nation and an era when we all want to know things for certain, and
           writing this story has helped me to this for the delusion it is.

           It is my sincere hope that reading this story might help some of those who
          consider themselves certain to receive the blessing of uncertainty.  I truly believe
          that it is only through humility, respect and tolerance for the views of others that I
          can approach Truth.  So long as I worship at the alter of certainty, Wisdom will be
          locked tightly away from me.

His view is mystical and practical at the same time.  It is clear that he learned from his experience of his father's passage through death to the other side.  It is also well worth our time to read what Neil Hanson wrote.


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Neil Hanson lives and works in Colorado. Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty is his first book. He blogs actively and writes articles for periodicals. He is an avid outdoorsman, passionate about hunting and fishing. He spends a great deal of time bicycling the roads and trails of Colorado, and backcountry skiing in winter. His passion for gardening spills over into a joint venture with his oldest son, where they operate a landscaping and construction company in Colorado.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Spiders and Fruit Flies Oh My!

Hi all ~

This week I have been seeing lots of spiders spinning webs.  That's fine - I like to watch spiders.  Much worse are the fruit flies.  They breed so fast that it is difficult to get rid of them.  It doesn't help that they are not from this climate and there are virtually no predators of fruit flies.  Something has gone wrong in our food chain supply!

The spiders, though, signal that autumn is on its way, and the animal kingdom is getting ready for fall and winter.  I actually like spiders.  They are industrious and they help keep down the populations of flies and other pests.  Their webs are quite intricate and beautiful.

A few years ago, when I lived in a different place, I had to talk to a spider who had woven her web right where the outside faucet was.  I had to interrupt her web daily in order to water my plants.I tried to talk to her, but she wouldn't listen.  Seemed to me she could find lots of bugs in the garden and we could help each other.  But no, she was determined.

Now living in a house with my Dad, I see spiders all over the place, but only outside.  These spiders are helping with the balance, and I appreciate their work.  I just wish the fruit flies could be lunch for the spiders!