We can lose many things in our lifetime. Everything, eventually.

Some things, however, can never be taken. Things that highlight the mystery of us. Here are some:

My 32 years of dedicated work on the staff of a daily newspaper.

The children I helped raise and provide for, despite their choices.

My marriage of four decades and counting.

Trips to the desert and mountains.

Hours at the seashore.


Which one?

Both were Marines.

One was twice wounded in Vietnam. He was a devoted member of a local and perhaps notorious bikers club for over three decades.

The other served during the same war. He was a proud member of the NRA and John Birch Society.

These things stood out as I read their recent obituaries.  Which would you rather have had a beer or two with?