David Lertzman, partner in creation
COFFEE WITH WARREN, with Warren Harbeck
Tearful crocus at Morley honours triumph of life.
Because of the recent death of a loyal reader and frequent contributor to these columns, I’m delaying the next in our series on the Whisper in the Silence till next week. This week we will celebrate the wisdom of my soul brother, David Lertzman. David died Tuesday evening, May 4, in a bear attack while out running near his home in Waiparous Village, northwest of Cochrane.
David, 59, was an assistant professor of environmental management and sustainable development at the University of Calgary.
Out of the rigours of wilderness living, David had acquired an indomitable, positive attitude toward life that made him a pleasure to be around. Over the years since I first met him, we would often sit by a café window, our beloved foothills and mountains to the west, and discuss one topic in particular that he knew a great deal about: joy in the wilderness. Indeed, he saw himself as a “Divine Partner in Creation.”
But this is a broken world, he would lament. Turning to his appreciation for Jewish mysticism and the concept of tikkun olam, “healing of the world,” he shared his thoughts in our column for Oct. 5, 2017. David wrote:
AS MENTIONED above, David’s fatal encounter with the bear occurred the evening of May 4. Most interestingly, that was about the same time that Deanna Two Young Men had her own encounter: a photographic encounter with a tearful crocus near her home at Morley, a half-hour south of Waiparous. Was that blossom feeling the pain of its nature-loving friend? Who knows. But this much we do know: the crocus has long been associated with the triumph of life and hope over death and despair.
So, my brother: To life, to life, l’chaim! Till we meet again.
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