Monthly Archives: October 2003

posticon Peace in the Valley: Reflections on Life and Death by John Cali

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Last Sunday afternoon I was feeling restless. So I jumped in my car and drove west up into the mountains, to one of my most favorite places on the planet. It’s a big, broad valley many miles long and surrounded by some of the most ruggedly beautiful mountains in the northern Rockies. The broad Shoshone River flows through the valley’s entire length, from the towering mountains to the west into my little mountain town many miles east.

The day was a perfect vision of autumn’s golden beauty.… Read more

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posticon Angels at Play: Another View of Life’s Other Side by John Cali

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Last week’s newsletter title was Beyond the Veil: Life’s Other Side. Well, this week, we’ll talk about another view of life’s other side. A view, at least from a human perspective, that is a bit lighter than last week’s.

A couple of weeks ago, Wyoming’s weather gave us a break, gracing us with a warm, pleasant evening. Winter often comes early in this high country, and we’d already had snow in early September.

So I took advantage of the weather to sit out in the backyard and catch up on my reading.… Read more

posticon Beyond the Veil: Life’s Other Side by John Cali

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One cold winter’s night ten years ago, I was working late in my office in the foothills of California’s Los Padres National Forest. The phone startled me out of my soft, quiet mood. An ominous sign, a phone call this late, I thought.

I barely recognized my brother’s strained voice on the other end. “Johnny,” he said, “Phil’s dead.” I couldn’t believe his words. So I asked, “Paul, what did you say?” He repeated, “Phil’s dead.”

My mind and emotions whirled in a dizzy, crazy fog.… Read more

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