Category Archives: Death

On Love & Life


. . The story I posted yesterday (about Taylor Morris & Danielle Kelly) led me to reflect  on (and to write about) the nature of love—and life—as well as character, commitment, devotion, for better or worse, and what it means … Continue reading

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Bernie Siegel, M.D., on Finding Your True Path


  . . (The following post is abridged, adapted, and modified from Bernie Siegel’s essay “Love: The Work of The Soul“ in “Handbook for the Soul,” compiled by Richard Carlson, Benjamin Shield, pp. 39-44.) . In my work as a … Continue reading

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The Way To Begin Loving Anything More


. . “The way to begin loving anything is to realize that it might be lost.” – G. K. Chesterton This is a great way to begin growing (up) as a human being: to begin really reflecting on how fragile we … Continue reading

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How to Be Truly Happy In Life — And How & When to Start


. We’ll worth the watch.  It’s how a real sense of community and brotherhood/sisterhood begins — by really sharing what’s affected us (affecting us) deeply. I often wonder when I’m interacting with some people, have they ever lost anyone?  How … Continue reading

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What Is This “Love” Thing All About? (Part 1)


. This will be a two part post. Part one will consist of a repost/reblog of an advice column question and the answer that was given in that column. Part two (which will appear sometime in the next few days) … Continue reading

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Love, Impermanence, Uncertainty, Fear: Which Wins?


. . I posted this over on one of my other blogs, but the topic is apropos here as well. . . . . The Buddha said: “Life is suffering.” Sickness, old age, death: these things cannot be avoided. But most … Continue reading

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Mature Love v Immature Love


. Erich Fromm, in “The Art of Loving,” wrote, “Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says: ‘I need you because I love you’.” The first statement is based on dependency—I am dependent on you, … Continue reading

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To Say I Love You One First Must Be Able to Say . . .


“To say ‘I love you’ one must first be able to say the ‘I’.” – Ayn Rand To really be able to say “I Love you” and mean it, a person first has to not only be able to say … Continue reading

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How Close Does the Dragon’s Spume Have to Come to You, to Me, to Any of Us, Before We “Get It”?


“If You Knew” – Ellen Bass What if you knew you’d be the last to touch someone? If you were taking tickets, for example, at the theater, tearing them, giving back the ragged stubs, you might take care to touch … Continue reading

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How Do You Know When You’re Truly Ready to Be Part of a Deeply Loving Relationship?


Sonnets to Orpheus II, 13 – Rainer Maria Rilke Be ahead of all parting, as if it had already happened, like a winter which even now is passing. For beneath this winter is a winter so endless that to survive … Continue reading

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