It's all downhill after threeVicissitudes – [pl.n.] unpredictable changes in life; ups and downs

“In the Mahayana Buddhism, especially, Vietnamese tradition we pray for the dead for 49 days after passing away, 49 being the estimated time it takes for the spirit to be reborn again into a new life.” – Ven. Thich Nguyen Tang

This morning I would like to offer you 49 Days of Vicissitudes – a story consisting of 17 interconnected scenes drawing inspiration from, among other things, Buddhist philosophy, childhood, isolation, accidentally lighting my jacket on fire, Ernest Becker’s book The Denial of Death, perception, and how the stories children tell to make sense of that which they do not understand are more honest than the stories adults tell themselves.