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August 03, 2006


Oh, what a sad and beautiful insight into your father-in-law's head and heart. Thank you.


Wonderful. Thanks.

Beth, this is incredibly moving.

I stumbled across your blog while I was doing some online research. I truly feel for your father-in-law. There are so many people today living in pain and fear because of the terribly instability in so many regions of the globe!

Yes, vivid & moving. I guess it's inevitable that agnosticism will be under the greatest pressure in age when intimations of mortality are close at hand.

However, I had a brief discussion with my father shortly before his death in 1999. An agnostic with Buddhist leanings all his adult life - albeit a tactful one in the face of my mother's claims to strict Baptist belief whenever the subject arose - he viewed the inevitable with some curiosity. I asked him if he would be asking questions right up to the very end. Relishing puns, he smiled & said, "Oh, without a doubt".

That's a great story, Dick! It's good to see you here, and I appreciate the comment.

Nice blog which I stumbled upon because you had recently updated it and it showed up on my page. As an American, I sometimes wonder where our country is going as well. I blame most of it on George W. Bush and his administration and I'm ashamed that our country could elect him twice. I hope this fall's elections gets rid of some of the Republicans we have in office.

Welcome, Atul, glad to have you visit and comment, and I hope you'll come back! You and I share the same hopes for this fall's elections.

I feel the same as your father-in-law in many, many ways. Ever since I moved to the Middle East 18 years ago, I never say anything about future plans without a voiced or a silent "God Willing." And for the same reason. In America I wouldn't say it out loud, because I know it would sound weird there. Poor America!

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