November 14 , 2015 /

MORTALITY and the GIFT OF TIME

Atul Gawande’s book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, published just a year ago, takes a good look at how we, and the medical community, deal with people in the later years of their lives. For those of us with aging parents or who ourselves are already past the midpoint, whatever that

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October 14 , 2015 / , ,  /

LIVING AND DYING WELL

Assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case.”   Annie Dillard, On Writing, p. 68 At age 41 I had an epiphany about my own mortality. I was leaving my office, driving through a parking lot toward the main street. I had to stop the car as

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