Wednesday, May 17, 2006

DaVinci Code or Truthiness

Today, The DaVinci Code was screened at the lovely Canne Film Festival. This book, purchased in the FICTION section of the local bookstore, has hit the big screen. Haven't read the book. I, an aspiring-to-be-published writer, am fascinated with and applaud the efforts of Dan Brown to write fiction so close to/mixed with truth that it results in such cultural awareness. As far as the truthiness (credit: Stephen Colbert), it is fiction and entertainment, and until I engage further with the story, I can't run it through my own truthiness filter. As a socially-responsive [sympathetic with Democrats on many issues] Christian, I'm not sure how much more energy to devote to this. I may read the book. I may see the movie. I do need to be more thoughtful in general, including all this, since it is upsetting to so many. However, I need to devote energy to cleaning the living room for now. So much controversy, so little time. Well, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Opus Dei.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Life Goes On...

Friday, we went to the memorial service for our friend, Tim. He passed away May 4, 2006, age 45, fighting the cancer all the way to the end. We crowded into a local church with several hundred others, many friends we hadn't seen in years. His suffering is over. He is in Heaven and I firmly believe that and find hope in that. Life does go on...into eternity and on to Heaven.

Yet Tim is gone from here, separated from his wife and daughters. Away from all of us. And that hurts. Our lives go on, too, but we will miss him and learn to live life wishing he could be part of it still. I never expect it when wonderful couples have to part due to death. That always comes as a tragic surprise.

My week was filled with things that were inconvenient and annoying at various levels. None of those aggravations were tragic, though. I looked at my spouse, hold his hand, and renew my commitment to be grateful for every day shared with him. Life goes on...every day a gift. And a future in Heaven.