The end of last week, I finally realized another example of the power of three.

A lot of people believe things happen in “threes.” As I understand it, mostly bad things happen in threes. I’m not sure I believe in that, but it does seem to happen often enough to make many believers.

My example in recent weeks is that three first cousins have just died, all close together: Robert Ostdiek, Harold Brockman and Jack Lemke. All first cousins to each other.

That’s enough of my relatives to leave us. I hope the power of three is satisfied and I have no more.

However, even in times of sorrow, there are...


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