I don’t know when or even why reincarnation was removed from the book, I’m not a book banging person. I ran into a couple on the trail who liked my quips so much that they thought maybe I might come to their weekly meeting. Sunday’s are not enough. 

       I love stories, but don’t work with fiction. I was raised on fiction. I believed every story I was told. And then I grew up. I tried my usual short lecture on belief, as in I love stories, but...and the then the male says his beliefs are fact because he taught engineering, and I said, “That explains it!” , and then the wife asked me where I thought Imwas going when I died. 

      I was doing my best to keep it light so I came right back smiling with, 

                                    “I’m coming back”

            I’m a percentages guy. I have to make decisions with out a complete set of data all the time. I make lots of mistakes. I get a few right. I think I might need a lot more lifetimes to get life close to right. I like the idea of a fresh start, not that I can remember 2001 now, which I am trying to finish remembering so I can finish MAHI in forty six pages, three months late. 

             I like the odds. I like the odds that work strongly in favor of reincarnation. With enough dice rolls every number comes up sooner or later. The odds of waking up a rooster are good, if you have an infinite number of dice rolls to hit it once. I’m not going to be in hurry, or rolling the dice. Sooner or later I’ll be crowing at dawn, guaranteed. 

             I did not explain this to the couple who tried to recruit me, I asked them if they were happy and neither said yes. Apparently questioning my afterlife options is fine as fudge, but my simple inquiry turned them off totally.

              I saw this on their faces, those two on the trail, and I felt uncomfortable for making them uncomfortable. I tried to recover the upbeat mood they presented moments earlier. I suggested we all enjoy the moment of crisp morning air in between showers, smiled, and went on my way. 

               I know I’m coming back. Maybe as a worm. I’ve saved a few on the trail recently. Fish food...that would be just, considering. Is there a statute of limitations for fish killing? Probably not.

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Comment by Tom Cordle on February 11, 2019 at 12:50pm

I'm told one version of Hindu belief is that we come back in the next life as what we persecute in this one. Now that's a God I can believe in.

Comment by koshersalaami on February 11, 2019 at 2:09pm

Does that mean Amy’s coming back as me or I’m coming back as Amy?

Comment by koshersalaami on February 11, 2019 at 2:10pm

Doc’s coming back as a socialist. This is getting interesting.

Comment by koshersalaami on February 11, 2019 at 2:12pm

Oh my God, I  just realized that both could be true. We could come back as each other and y’all will have to watch this again. 

Comment by Robert B. James on February 11, 2019 at 4:06pm

The odds are that all of the above will happen...sooner or later. I’ve resigned my self to being fish food in the next life, or have I been there already? 

Comment by Tom Cordle on February 11, 2019 at 4:52pm

I'm partial to the old Eskimo tradition of when the time comes, floating out to sea on an ice floe. I say fond of in the metaphorical sense, I hate the cold, and I'd just as soon die in my sleep in a nice warm bed.

Comment by J.P. Hart on February 15, 2019 at 9:34am

Dream of Lions
When you see a lion in your sleep, it symbolizes assertiveness, strength, power, and courage. ... If a lion appears in your dream or during your real life, it is symbolic of something important happening. However, you may not have any control over this. Consequently, a lion is a symbol of anger and fear.*


It was a dry cold continuous startled image of folks bought and sold. Mister Buster Keaton gripped the long arm of the doomsday clock, yodeled from his diaphragm, then from the top of his lungs shouted-enunciated something about greed as the causation of fear, a blink, exhilaration, and the echo of freedom~freedom~freedom . . .

Comment by Robert B. James on February 16, 2019 at 7:50am

Exactly why I miss you Dr. Hart. 


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