Donald “I am your retribution” Trump!
I spent hours writing a 1,300-word essay on these and other topics for this blog post. Then yesterday we had our Berkeley High School bi-weekly Zoom meeting. As we all checked in, we heard a litany of sad stories: broken hip; broken leg; Alzheimer’s; death of spouse; eye surgery; leg amputation due to diabetes; stroke, etc.
We are all in our early 80s. We are starting to fall apart. We are heading down the road that leads to the great Zoom meeting in the sky. I get filled with compassion for my wonderful high school friends. Best we can do is to hold each other’s hands. So my political and cultural diatribe began to feel trivial. I tossed it out.
Considering all of that, I decided I’d rather share with you some content from my new book: A Brief Crack of Light: A Lifetime of Photography and Stories. One of the final chapters is called: Love, Photography, and Death. It is about how important photography is during the entire arc of our lives, and the lives of our dear friends – and especially at the end of their lives.
Here are a few samples:
On a lighter note, another chapter considers the idea of how photos can capture the passing of time, from a few seconds to to years and decades:
Finally, from Warren Buffet at the recent shareholders’ meeting of Berkshire Hathaway. He is talking about bad investments, but this quote can also apply to the evolution of our lives,
The weeds wither away in significance as the flowers bloom.
From Park and Rec. I rest my case.
Springtime in the garden