mementoMoriSkull2_rsconnett September 24, 2013

It bashed his brains in.

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Where Will You Die?

stone January 6, 2013

Hidden Spring Lane. “I plan on dying here.” The words came quite unbidden and surprised me. We were in the process of building a house on a few acres in northern Virginia. The builder and I were discussing some detail…

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You Have Thought Up the Wrong World

hospital corridor June 11, 2012

In the spring of 1994 my grandmother chose to go off dialysis. Four days later, she was dead. I still remember my parents waking me up in the middle of the night and taking me to the hospital. I don’t…

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Let Goods And Kindred Go

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And what a life, dying though it be!

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The Season of Nature’s Boon

RoundtreeCemetery September 20, 2011

Everything now portends the close of something desperately cherished.

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The Heat of August and the Chill of Death

Shooting-Boy-Gun-BB August 10, 2011

Scratching an itch is a great pleasure. But, like all pleasures, it is one small trespass from turning into its opposite.

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Harry Potter and Running from Death

deathly hallows August 4, 2011

Our hero, Harry, demonstrates an attitude towards death that very few of us actually hold.

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Kansas, You Fooler (In Two Unequal Parts)

FlintHills September 29, 2010

Home is where the grief is.

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Where Are All the Grownups?

shadows August 31, 2010

Why is it taking so long for Americans to become “real” grown-ups?

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Of Friendship, Proximity, and the Grave

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Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.

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The Advantages of Dying Young

January 11, 2010

The listlessness of modern death is that you might not even get a chance to show courage before you forget who you are.

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Consumed With That Which It Was Nourished By

December 30, 2009

Williamston, MI…
The women have settled into their evening talk. They’re passing the youngest of the cousins around to be burped and baby-talked and calmed and at last put down. The other children tear through the house with X-Wings and

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Swine Flu’s Real Exposure

October 20, 2009

Claremont, CA….  The most haunting, awful scenes in Thucydides’s history of the Pelopponesian war are those describing the Athenian plague.
The plague emerged in the second year of the war, moving quickly from the port of Piraeus into the

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