He had been to touch the great death, and found that, after all, it was but the great death.
Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear had a recent reminder that bears do not live forever:
The evening before last, the Bear was lounging in front of his computer screen, when suddenly moderately severe chest pains struck. He waited for two minutes (having read somewhere that you should act on any chest pains that last longer than two minutes). Then he got up on his hind legs and announced to his driver, bodyguard and factotum, Red Death that we were going to the Veteran’s Administration Hospital ER right now.