On Living and Dying Day 11 by Aparna (Linda) Aday

The Great Mystery by Aparna (Linda) Aday   Most of us view Death, and Life for that matter, as something to be understood. I know I tried for many years to understand what life and death are all about only to be humbled and confounded again and again. So rather than attempting to understand I …

On Living and Dying Day 10 by Vince Horan

REFLECTIONS ON LIVING AND DYING by Vince Horan of Compassion Zone Clark Moustakas wrote a book called TURNING POINTS, back in the sixties. His central theme was that there are four or five “turning points” that change the course of one’s life for better or worse. As I reflected on each of the “turning points” of my life …

On Living and Dying Day 9 by Mark Paxson

Lessons and Living by Mark Paxson aka KingMidget of King Midget Ramblings   I met Jon in kindergarten. I have no memory of that meeting, but the class picture proves we were in the same kindergarten class. In the years that followed, we traveled in the same circle of boys who roamed our neighborhood on bikes, played baseball in the …

On Living and Dying Day 8 by Alfred Poole

Ode to the daffodil – a giver of light. By Alfred Poole   Every spring in my city of Seattle, Washington, hundreds of children, adults and seniors take to the downtown streets and neighborhood centers with one task in mind: to freely give everyone they meet a daffodil and smile. Unlike the hundreds of religious …

On Living and Dying Day 7 by Emily Dickinson

I heard a fly buzz when I died By Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) I heard a fly buzz when I died. The stillness in the room Was like the stillness in the air Between the heaves of storm. The eyes around had wrung them dry, And breaths were gathering firm For that last onset when the …

On Living and Dying Day 6 by Karuna

Am I Contributing to My Living or My Dying? by Karuna of Living, Learning and Letting Go In 1996, I was on an airplane that “fell” 25,000 feet in about a minute’s time. For the next two hours we did not know if we were going to live or die. Since then I have had a sense …

On Living and Dying Day 5 by Uncle Bill

The Truth I Live By From the diary of William John Smith (Uncle Bill) 1953-1992 Everything makes sense. This can be paraphrased many different ways, although many attempts are less accurate. One of Voltaire’s characters stated, “All is for the best, in the best of all possible worlds. This is unnecessarily optimistic. My phrasing doesn’t …

On Living and Dying Day 4 by Trevor Washington

Overcoming Fantasy On the Road to Living an Authentic Life By Trevor Washington   The line between following our dreams and living in a fantasy world can become blurry when we never accept the present moment. The here and now is the only thing that we can count on, but it never seems to be enough. …

On Living and Dying Day 3 by Sanaa Rizvi

The Journey of Life and Death by Sanaa Rizvi of A Dash of Sunny In the words of Madame de Stael; “We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love.” That is precisely how I came to understand death. Around the time of autumn a few years ago, the tragic …

On Living and Dying Day 2 by Sarah

That Little Voice by Sarah   We all have that little voice. I’m not different, though close friends sometimes remind me to listen to mine. If they only knew what it was telling me they’d probably change their tune. Some people call it women’s intuition, but of course, men have it too. Some call it …