Death

My Advisor, Death

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Do not go gentle…

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My Short Life Inside Heaven’s Gate

Paris: I think that heaven is right here in the midst of us. When I’m conscious enough, I can walk through heaven’s gates at any moment, and I can stay…

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What’s a Warrior, Anyway?

I keep using the word warrior here, neglecting to define the word very carefully. I do explain what I mean in the introduction to my book, Poise: A Warrior’s Guide,…

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On the Way to Dying

“In general, the human condition is in a horrifying state of chaos. No one is better off than another. We are all beings that are going to die and, unless…

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A Poised Life With Pain

As a person who is successfully sustaining my poise most of the time, I have often wondered if I could remain poised in the face of terrible challenges like chronic…

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Aging Is No Joke–Unless You Want To Get Sick

I got sick when we showed up for a family Thanksgiving gathering in Oregon.  We had caught the coast just above San Francisco and stayed on it all the way…

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Living at the Speed of Poise

I want to live forever. This desire is a good sign, I think. Wanting to live forever, I must be loving my life more and more and don’t want it…

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Sustaining Poise After a Long Run Into Death at the Finish Line in Boston

Soberly, we watch the explosions at the Boston Marathon on our TV screens.  Chaos.  Wounded men, women, and children hurried away on stretchers. Loss of limbs and loss of life.…

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