To a Wise Friend, Returning Some of His Wisdom: Clancy in Cyberspace

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Clancy, Jean and Dennis with Anita and Garry making music in Red Rock circa 1986

Click on photo to magnify and then click on Clancy’s head to get a close-up

Clancy, my friend, when I first met you I was struck by how uncommon an existence you had, how original and unique was your world view. Your homespun philosophy was forged on an anvil of personal experience but it was tempered in the fires of the wisdom of humankind. Your example of open minded exploration of ideas inspired my own curiosity to search beyond the obvious.

The ideas below originate in one of the discussions that we had over 30 years ago when through you, I discovered Kahlil Gibran. Ordinary wishes expressed at this time to rest in peace would be a denial of the impulses which motivated your spirit. Rather let Gibran give you permission to now begin to climb and to truly dance. Come to think of it, you never did need permission from anyone to do anything. You are probably already dancing! (Read below)

 

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Clancy Hubbell (1930-2014)

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For what is it to die but to stand naked

In the wind and to melt into the sun?

And what is it to cease breathing,

But to free the breath from its restless tides,

That it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

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 In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the Beyond;

And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.

 Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.

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And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.

And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

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Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

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