Death and Dying

Predestination and Free Will


My Mother Dying
My mother dying of lung cancer in 1996
at an unexpectedly young age.

"As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods -
They kill us for their sport."

William Shakespeare
King Lear, IV, I, 36

       "Some say that we shall never know and that to the gods we are like the flies that the boys kill on a summer day, and some say, on the contrary, that the very sparrows do not lose a feather that has not been brushed away by the finger of God."
Thorton Wilder
The Bridge of St. Luis Rey

"The doctor finally returned with a handful of X-ray negatives, and before he could speak Moira reached over and grabbed her husband's hand."