Tag Archives: death

Ashes to Ashes: Living and Dying Sustainably

Recycle Yourself

“In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die. Where you invest your love you invest your life.” (Mumford & Sons, Awake My Soul) Impermanence is a theme that reaches across the fragile stretch of each human life cycle. The body reminds us of our corporeal reality on a daily basis and mortality lies in its very ... Read More »

Nurse Log: A Radical Departure

double nurse log

An enormous slab of cedar was sitting on the beach where I live. The sand and tide had worn the shape of the wood, revealing an image of a woman with her right arm held high above her head. I brought the cedar home and left it leaning up against my barn, where it stayed for the next year. Over ... Read More »

Hide Your Smiling Faces: Grim Childhood and the Hope for Childlike Innocence

Hide Your Smiling Faces

I always had an urge to lose myself in the wilderness surrounding my childhood home. I remember running through the aspen grove outside my parent’s front steps, climbing over the stones that marked where our acreage ended, and stumbling down the steep hills in desperate pursuit of the small creek that I had deemed magical. Sometimes I wish that my sense of ... Read More »

God and Science Go to Hollywood

Magic Ball

As a consummate Marvel fangirl, I immediately sat down to watch Marvel’s newest TV show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., when it came out in September 2013. While it wasn’t an amazing show, as a loyal (and unemployed) fan, I kept watching. So I was rather surprised when, in one of the final episodes of the season, a short discussion over impending ... Read More »

On Living

gray squirrel

I   Living is no laughing matter: you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel, for example — I mean without looking for something beyond and above living, I mean living must be your whole occupation. Living is no laughing matter: you must take it seriously, so much so and to such a degree that, for example, your hands ... Read More »

THE ORDER OF THE GOOD DEATH: Talkin’ Transi Tombs with Caitlin & Elizabeth

Tomb at St. Gervais et Protais in Gisor Elizabeth I loved that cadaver tomb you posted on Facebook the other day. (Cadaver tomb always sounds redundant to me but whatevs.) It reminds me of this bad boy who’s been lurking in my “things to write about” folder. Thought you might like him. Caitlin I guess “cadaver tomb” is kind of ... Read More »

THE ORDER OF THE GOOD DEATH: The Dead Sea Necropolis of the Future

                              There’s nothing more pleasing than a well designed necropolis, or city of the dead. When you think necropolis, you likely imagine the ancient burial grounds of the past. But let us look to the necropoli (necropoleis? necropoles?- there’s a lot of debate about what the ... Read More »

THE ORDER OF THE GOOD DEATH: Enon Chapel — London’s Victorian Golgotha

“And as for their dancing, was ‘dance’ the right word for it? Nothing about that dance to cheer the heart. The dance was the dance of death. They danced it for the wretched of the earth that they might witness their own wretchedness. Angela Carter, “Night at the Circus” Danse Macabre. Anonymous. Germany 16th century. In Googling ‘dancing’ and ‘death,’ ... Read More »

THE ORDER OF THE GOOD DEATH: At Last! Your Death Acceptance Reading List

  History The Hour of Our Death: The Classic History of Western Attitudes Toward Death Over the Last One Thousand Years – Philippe Ariès The Corpse: A History – Christine Quigley Death in England: An Illustrated History – Edited by Peter C Jupp & Clare Gittings Death, Religion and the Family in England, 1480—1750 – Ralph Houlbrooke This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War  – Drew Gilpin ... Read More »

THE ORDER OF THE GOOD DEATH: The (Not Really So Very) Incorrupt Corpses

Anna Maria Taigi, psst not really incorrupt.  Photo by author. People ask me about incorrupt corpses at parties. I think that’s probably why I’m an Order member now. After a drink or two, some nice, normal person will pull me aside and ask me about an incorrupt saint they saw on vacation. Usually they were touring some gorgeous old church ... Read More »