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Being Ready

Being Ready

My friend John got a call one evening from the dementia unit. His father had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for several years. John’s father had dressed himself, packed his suitcase, and was now waiting in a visitor’s lounge. The staff had tried to coax him back into...
Seeing for Yourself

Seeing for Yourself

Ruth was hustling her two girls out the door so they wouldn’t be late for school. That’s when she noticed that her pants were too big. Way too big. They kept sliding off her hips. So she cinched up her belt and slid into the minivan. Those sagging pants plagued Ruth’s...
Joined At The Hip

Joined At The Hip

She died at work. A massive heart attack seized her as she stood behind the grocery store’s deli counter. Maybe she was slicing pastrami for a customer. Or making potato salad. Or just daydreaming. Her coworkers found her lying on the floor and called 911. The EMTs...
A Lazarus Moment

A Lazarus Moment

Essie Dunbar had epilepsy. In 1915, when she was 30 years old, she suffered a massive seizure. A doctor declared her dead, and her funeral took place the very next day. Her sister arrived from out of town as the last shovelful of dirt landed on the grave. The sister...
Dying for Wisdom

Dying for Wisdom

R- once said to me, “I’m not afraid of death. I’m just afraid of dying.” Close friends since childhood, R- and I were freshmen at different colleges. We had come back home for the holidays. R- meant something like this. He believed that we will be endlessly happy in...