Life's Just Too Short

When I was twenty-two, my brilliant, sixteen year old brother decided that this world was just too much for him to bear. What was it that prompted him to end his life on that particular day, I'll never know.  Oh, I can surely imagine, but what it was that finally broke him?  That will always remain a mystery.   ...more

Thanks Denise, that means a lot.

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All Stocked Up On Crazy!

Yesterday, members of Westboro Baptist Church protested outside the White House and...more

Bennie and the Hets

Last week, a Portuguese Roman Catholic Bishop by the name of Manuel Clemente said something that we don't often hear from high-ranking Catholics. Speaking to journalists, he said that people with AIDS must use condoms to prevent the spread of the disease. Condoms are "not only recommendable," he said, "they can be ethically obligatory." ...more

An Evening with Eleanor Clift

Last night I attended a lecture at the college. Eleanor Clift, whom you may know from her regular weekly appearances on The McLaughlin Report (and several movies) came to speak at Hood College for the Thanatology series. ...more

The Reality Behind the Reality Star's Cancer Death

By Tamika Felder British reality star Jade Goody, who rose to stardom overseas by exposing nearly every aspect of her life to a hungry media audience, has recently died, with the media in tow, of cervical cancer. She was only 27 and has left behind two young sons, ages four and five. ...more

Mama Bear is FURIOUS!

While on a short getaway for spring break last week, our home was broken into. Heck, I don't even think they had to break in. It's possible the front door was accidentally left unlocked by the cleaning lady or the pet sitter. Anywho, some schlep or schleps made their way into our personal space and left with a desktop computer, digital camcorder and two digital cameras. ...more

One of God's Greatest Gifts......A Sister!

"For there is no friend like a sister, in calm or stormy weather, to cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strength ...more

Older Brother, Tiniest Angel

Let's talk about something else for a minute. School. School is good, but it's been stressing me out quite a bit of late, probably making my already frayed nerves a little bit more sensitive. It isn't that the subject matter I'm dealing with is awful, in fact I'm really drawn to it. Notice how I don't say that I love it or am thrilled by it? The only reason for that is that it seems a little irreverent to say I am thrilled by learning about death. Truly, though, the subject matter intrigues me. ...more

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The Natasha Richardson Effect

Friedrich Nietzsche asked, What if a demon were to creep after you one night, in your loneliest loneliness, and say, 'This life which you live must be lived by you once again and innumerable times more; and every pain and joy and thought and sigh must come again to you, all in the same sequence. The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned and you with it, dust of the dust!' Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon? Or would you answer, 'Never have I heard anything more divine'? ...more