Tag Archives: Life

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 »

The Air

Air vapors

is warm with those still waiting to be born. They flit past us   like mosquitoes, then scramble— tenuous as the station   at the far end of the dial. Bloodless, they’re blood to us all.   By winter they lift upward slowly, through the grainy peaks   of snowdrifts or a streetlamp’s conical glow. How small we   must ... 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 »

IN MY OWN WAY: Cosmic Consciousness

  This is the “Methuselah Star” categorized as 140283. Our current understanding pinpoints its birth to 14.5 billion years in the past (give or take 0.8 billion years) which means it is as old or older than the known universe (we understand the Big Bang to have taken place 13.8 billion years ago). It is the oldest star in the ... Read More »

THE ORDER OF THE GOOD DEATH: Consider the Putridarium

Crypt at Sant’Andrea delle Frate in Rome Yep, we’re going there (again) with toilets and death. Because like Caitlin said, the unpleasant functions of the body are really good at reminding us of our own mortality. So isn’t the perfect memento mori really just a crypt full of toilets? Now of course there aren’t actually modern flush toilets down there. ... Read More »

Let’s Talk Death

skeleton with yellow umbrella

I love that old saying, “there only two things certain in life, death and taxes.” My father always added a third, which had to do with using the toilet. None of which were conversations appropriate for the dinner table. In a way, I understand. Tax code is boring and bathroom talk while eating is just gross. But our mortality is ... Read More »

No Tobacco for You, Says CVS Pharmacy

cigarette display

Fifty years ago, the Surgeon General warned us of the dangers of smoking. Since then, despite the many actions taken to quiet this habit—warnings on cigarette packages, bans on advertising, first to teens, then to everyone—nothing seems to have worked. “Smokers today have a greater risk of developing lung cancer than they did when the first Surgeon General’s report was ... Read More »