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25 January 2008


I love your mom's wisdom and your carrying it on into your forties. That gives me hope. I had a depressing conversation with someone the other day about turning 37. He had been informed that he can no longer consider himself in his mid-thirties. I am not sure that adds up, but the idea of being in my late thirties made me a bit sad. But I am now embracing your philosophy -- here's to wisdom, beauty and (relative) youth!

(I promise not to comment here all the time).

My friend, who just turned 70, was cheered up by my greeting: "Don't worry: you're not grown up yet."

Thought you might want to check out what is being said in the Canadian press re: Kenya


I enjoy your blog, brings to mind these words by Bertrand Russell

Three passions have governed my life:
The longings for love, the search for knowledge,
And unbearable pity for the suffering of [humankind].

Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness.
In the union of love I have seen
In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge.
I have wished to understand the hearts of [people].
I have wished to know why the stars shine.

Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens,
But always pity brought me back to earth;
Cries of pain reverberated in my heart
Of children in famine, of victims tortured
And of old people left helpless.
I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot,
And I too suffer.

This has been my life; I found it worth living.

All the best, shell's Dad

I am reading these thoughts of your 2 years later and wondering how you find them now... is 40 what you thought it would be? Has it been demystified yet?

I read your blog most when I miss you most my friend. So on that note, I am going to have a glass of white wine in your honor to celebrate your birthday, think about your spirit, art, flare for life at 40 and beyond.

Love to you from afar.

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