#onelasttime

Last night, along with 30 other friends and friends of friends, I saw the final Hobbit film: The Battle of the Five Armies.

One day my children will ask me about the day I went and saw the first showing of the last Tolkien film in theaters on Tuesday the 16th, the year of our Lord, 2,014.

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And I will tell them how I never said goodbye.

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Whale-Lines, Foolish Elves, and the Faith of Laughter

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When you think about it, death is never more than one false step away.

One run red-light.

One moment of distraction while driving on the highway.

One minute a child is left unattended.

One tree that fell the wrong way.

One plane ride that fails to reach its destination.

One stray bullet in the bunker.

One unexpected hold-up at a grocery store.

One explosion at a fertilizer plant.

One shooting at an Elementary School.

One visit to the wrong place at the wrong time.

One doctor’s visit.

One CT scan.

One dial on the stove you thought you’d turned off but didn’t.

One case of faulty wiring in the attic.

One lightening strike.

One flash flood.

One tornado.

One heartbeat that doesn’t come when it should.

One breath you’d never thought you wouldn’t have.

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