Dear, Victoria, (do love that name) if you have ever seen my theory of probability balance and it makes sense, then you can understand why life gets so mixed up. Basically it comes down to one simple reality — nature insists on maintaining a balance. Thus at some point in time creation and good will be offset by destruction and not so good. You know, peace offset by war and love offset by hate into infinity. And of course since we humans are a creation of the universe, no matter how much we try we can’t escape its laws, which of course plays havoc with our personal lives. In other words nature’s balance is a bitch, but sometimes it can also be an awesome delight.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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