Hard Questions

This morning the television reported the unexpected death of “Tony Soprano” who  died at age 51 from a heart attack.  It is said that his departure from  this life was “too soon.”

Yesterday, “Joy” and I went to South Bend where I was fitted with a Nasal  CPAP Bi-Level machine marketed by Apria HealthCare and I was instructed in its  use. I learned that CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure to  treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  Last night I slept well, and today I  sense that I am less drowsy.  So far, so good.

This afternoon I visited Dr. Moore, my dermatologist, who has been freezing  the pre-cancerous cells on the skin of my scalp.  He said there was nothing  for him to do today, and that I was looking good.

Not being one of Tony Soprano’s fans, most of what I know about him I learned  only this morning.  But, I wonder why he and others die so young and people  like my brother and his Sally, and my “Joy” and I live into our eighties and  beyond.

When I blogged about Ed Groff’s lecture on Sacred Humanism, Harold Bauman  noted in a comment to me that Groff is young and has not yet faced the hard  questions of life.  Might the disparity in the length of life be one of  Bauman’s hard questions.  I hope that he and other readers suggest possible  hard questions that a young person has not yet faced.

Stoner and Frances Krady - Rhoda's parents


Tomorrow morning our family leaves for Akron, Pennsylvania where other  members of the Krady family plan to gather for a reunion.  Absent will be  Ruth, Naomi and Paul, and Rhoda who left us within the year.  This year’s  reunion has been planned for the first time by the third generation.

Conrad, Diana, Zach and I hope to meet Kyle, another of Conrad’s sons, in  Waynesboro, Pennsylvania on Sunday afternoon.  I will not be able to blog  for several days, so be patient with me.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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2 Responses to Hard Questions

  1. Raymond Martin says:

    Just got home from a visit with Phil & Lu and children so I’m late here. We live in Ephrata. Any chance to meet and eat? my cell 717-419-3340. Raymond

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