Becoming what we love

Becoming what we love

As we enjoyed our first wild blackberry feast on the Solstice, I smiled remembering how our beloved Pablo loved eating them with me, straight off the vines. Never mind those briars: dig your face right on in. A huge heart housed in sheer force, Pablo had resonance...

Reflections on Dying: Part 1

Reflections on Dying: Part 1

By Julia Hartsell Back in April, I got the J & J shot. Two days later, they pulled this particular vaccine because of potential blood clots in women. For a day or two, I was a bit shaken and fearful. With no undo button, I had to find a path to acceptance. I...

Body Disposition: Part 1

Body Disposition: Part 1

By Julia Hartsell In death planning talk, body disposition refers to what people choose to do with their bodies after death. In recent years, I've had the fortune of talking to a lot of people about their disposition wishes. Sometimes (like 50% of the time)...

Relating with the Dead

Relating with the Dead

As Jaroslav Róna's sculpture above suggests, having the ancestors at our backs can be quite a weight to bear. Acknowledge them or not, they impact us nonetheless.   Whether this image represents burden or support, there's a gravitas here worthy of humility. The human...

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