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The Intimacy of Death

Erin Coriell | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Coriell

One's day-to-day experience of life no longer relies solely on the mind, but of the senses too. As fleeting as life is, this present moment living, generated by the awareness of death, renders great stillness. In these moments, life and death have no separation.

Making Flight

Matthew A. Strimaitis | Posted 11.06.2015 | College
Matthew A. Strimaitis

Blessed be mechanical wings Mixed in with mortal maintenance The sky bends down and bows beneath: Our angel is a hybrid

Things That Will Definitely Die. Just Throwing It Out There

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 11.05.2015 | Comedy

Everything is going to end eventually. From the lowliest one-celled organism to the Earth itself. But what, specifically, is going to die? L...

'The Intern' and Mortality

Dwayne J. Clark | Posted 10.23.2015 | Fifty
Dwayne J. Clark

One of the most difficult aspects in life's journey is that you are constantly attending the funerals of friends and family. Sometimes, you're even mourning your own children -- which is one of the most painful losses.

5 Reasons to Get Comfortable With Death

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Death is not nearly as frightening or sad as you may have heard, but you'll have to trust me on that until you get to know Death more intimately for yourself. I encourage you to strike up a friendship of your own, perhaps by volunteering at a hospice or nursing home. If you're not sure this is a good idea, here are five reasons to get comfortable with Death:

The New Science of Stress: What You Need to Know

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

It's time for us to start having a more balanced conversation about stress. While chronic stress exists and isn't good for our mental or physical health, there is so much more to the stress story than "stress is bad."

The Pounding Heartbeat of Oliver Sacks

Jimmy Dunne | Posted 09.01.2015 | Good News
Jimmy Dunne

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings and The Mind's Eye may have been chock-full of medical facts, but they were just snapshots of Oliver Sacks' heart -- all poetic studies of human suffering and what gives life meaning.

The Smart, Scary Thing About Dummies

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.16.2015 | Entertainment
David Katz, M.D.

Those dummies may be hard to abide because they confront us with ourselves. Some of us may prefer to avert our eyes because of what lies within. The dummies are too much like us. Like us, they are but a gesture apart from the darkness.

A Doctor Examines Mortality, Asks How He Can Help His Patients

Elizabeth A. Havey | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth A. Havey

And that is what Gawande emphasizes in this book: choice. The cases he relates are all about allowing the patient to decide: should I have another surgery when death could be less than weeks away?

Two Tests to Predict How Long You Might Live

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 07.15.2015 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

Over the past couple of years, I have blogged about the "sit-to-rise test," a simple way to help predict how long you might live. Several people have...

Invoking Camus to Live

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.15.2015 | Books
Michael Shammas

In just two words of five syllables, medieval man brewed a bitter antidote to all from melancholy and regret to hubris and ostentation: memento mori.

Poem: "Advice for My Niece"

Bobby Elliott | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Bobby Elliott

Depending on the kind of soul you have, it's either a digital countdown or an hourglass we carry around inside ourselves, doing the dishes or sitting on the couch in the next room as a reward for making dinner in the first place.

Cancer Mortality News, Between the Lines

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The promise of cancer prevention is far from fully kept, and deserves much more attention. The relevant medicine resides not at the cutting edge of biomedical advance, but in our lifestyle patterns, and the priorities of our culture.

What the Dying Want You to Know About Life

Joni Edelman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Joni Edelman

Money is an illusion. You think you need so much. In the end, you don't really need any of it. Prioritize people and experiences over possession. Your body is just a vessel for your soul. Quit looking in the mirror. Quit obsessing over your wrinkles, your ass, your dress size.

Loss Of Smell Linked To Greater Risk Of Death

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.03.2015 | Fifty

Your nose could provide clues to your longevity, a new study suggests. Published today in the Annals of Neurology, the study says your ability to i...

The Problem With Beginnings and Endings

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Kelly Suellentrop

She is living in moments of her life that are over, moments where sometimes her children and grandchildren don't even exist. Then every now and again, she is jarred into the present. I would like to think she has points of clarity when she knows that the way her life played out was good.

Don't Waste Your Time (It's Precious)

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Jim Taylor

Given that my time is no more special than yours, I would recommend that you too join the ranks of timeist. Though it's not something to parade around about, I don't think there's anything to be ashamed about either.

The One Thing You Should Do More of Before It's Too Late

Danielle Posa | Posted 06.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Danielle Posa

Just hug. My Grandma died one year ago today. I don't believe anyone really truly dies, because I believe we are a spirit encapsulated in a physic...

Regulating Abortion and Boating: A Modest Proposal

David A. Grimes | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
David A. Grimes

Each year about 60 times more Americans die from boating than from abortion. While the risks are not directly comparable, having a boat is clearly more dangerous than having an abortion. Hence, more boating regulations are needed.

Buckets Are For Filling Up, Not Kicking Over

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel
Sarah Thebarge

I'm writing this post at 35,000 feet on a flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles. I just saw the Grand Canyon for the first time in my life!

The Girl Who Taught Me to Spell the Word 'Love'

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.19.2015 | Women
Kathy Radigan

I went to her birthday party and brought her a Barbie. I thought it was odd that she wouldn't take the plastic off the doll's hair. Years later, it occurred to that she might have been trying to protect the doll's hair because she couldn't protect her own.

What's Funny About Dying?

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 05.11.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

Many dying patients cling to a zest for life and a sense of humor that endear them to hospice workers.

Our Pathetic War Against Cancer: Part III

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Dr. Sten Odenwald

You have a 1 in 2 chance of getting cancer in your lifetime, and a 1 in 4 of dying from it. With those odds in Las Vegas, you would be a winner all the time. So why do you NOT fervently support cancer research to literally save your life?

Exercise: the Luminous, Latent Potential of a Little Action

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is an enormous benefit from even a little exercise, more benefit from more, and then a threshold past which returns diminish, but don't decline. The take-away message is that there is enormous potential for even a little bit of action to make our health, and lives, better.

Finnish study: Saunas protect against fatal coronary problems

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 06.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Alaska Dispatch News

Finnish researchers have a health tip for middle-aged men: To stay alive, spend more time in the sauna. A 20-year study led by scientists from the ...