Memorial Day, birthdays, and others like it bring back recurring memories. This afternoon a funeral service will be held for a cousin. Since the first of the year our community has lost several good people. They and their wisdom will be greatly missed. My dad, a WWII veteran, passed at the age of 59. I think about that alot, especially since I am 9 years older than he was. We too often do not appreciate kin, friends, and neighbors until they are gone. More and more I value each minute and everything around me, even though I can be discouraged when something goes wrong. It is a human trait though. Calmness and deep breaths are needed more and more because we do not know when the clock will stop.