Now, you see, it would be wonderful, as a writer, to ascend to the heights of ROADSIDE ATTRACTION or COWGIRLS. But, once you've been around for a while, you do begin to write along the lines of FROG PAJAMAS and your reviews start to slip away, people don't like to read you as much. You don't sound quite as funny any longer.

And back then he hadn't even a clue about what we are facing today because he was--as a person, not a writer--too keyed into other matters. Were he to go off on capitalism and the environment--as he was most capable of doing--people would really shun him.

There is always a "beyond human" Paroma. There is always a "next" or a "yet to be" in Life. Hope isn't limited to our personal dreams, although that's always what we tend to limit it to. Life is bigger than we are. Life has plans well beyond us and our scope or desires. No matter what we could have done we were always going to pass away.

Nothing is eternal except for the moment we find to share with whoever or whatever we find. Each day, out in Nature, I find a moment that passes, sometimes pleasant and sometimes not. I have to come to terms with the unpleasant. I have to come to terms with the thought that the unpleasantness is only in my thoughts. That the pain, say, of watching a bird die when it flies into my window is only the pain in my heart. The pain will pass, although some part of it lingers. The part that lingers is the question: why do we need windows? Why if they cause death?

The pain is good if it causes necessary questions. And so the pain causing questions becomes part of the eternal. And, hopefully, part of the "yet to be."

I just a moment ago placed a tiny sparrow away with my tears joining its own, its last. And I look out the window now between typing these words to you, watching the other sparrows and other birds living their lives. Typing these words to you as we live ours.

There is always hope my good friend, no matter what.

Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of the straightforward & strange. “Women zai shuo ba.” Be useful; share what you can; help others always. Doctor of texts.

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