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Do you remember when our mothers taught us, "When it rains, it pours."?

Or the old superstition that bad things come in threes.

My life has been like that as of late, and it's at times like this, I don't need to throw my sense of humor away, but sometimes,  humor needs to be put on a nearby shelf, and reflection, sorrow and the realities that life is just plain difficult needs to have space as well.

My step-daughter's mother recently had near fatal complications of surgery, and now faces a long road of recovery, my daughter's friend just died of a drug and alcohol overdose—a terrible consequence for a usually thoughtful and wonderful young man, and my son's best friend's father, a good family friend, died unexpectedly over the weekend.

It was a sad honor to witness my son and ten of his best friends spend the evening at our home surrounding their newly fatherless friend with love and support...only in the way a group of guys can do who have shared their childhoods, and now young adulthood, with one another.

The sun is shining brightly here in idealistic Boulder, Colorado.  But our home and our hearts are not.   I'm finding that naturally as I age, while my 50's has been a renaissance time in my life full of passion and growth, the experience of loss is becoming more familiar.

Ironically and synchronistically, one of my favorite comedians, George Carlin, died over the weekend as well.  We had just been running his musings on aging and staying young over the last several weeks.  

George Carlin

George Carlin was a genius who entertained us for 40 years with his humorous and realistic view of our lives, our culture and our world.  And he will be another person I will sorely miss.

So, let me finish my musing with one of his brilliant thoughts:

"The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on.  The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.  Be ALIVE while you are alive".  

George Carlin (1937-2008)

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