Category Archives: life & death

Afterlife Alternatives

Nobody knows what happens after we die.Many people describe their ideas about an Afterlife, but no one knows. That doesn’t stop us from speculating what might happen. Here are a few thoughts on some possibilities. Heaven & Hell Many religions … Continue reading

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“Okay-ish,” 3 Weeks Later

It’s been over 3 weeks since my brother, Scott Whitebird, died. I haven’t been blogging since then. I’m still waiting for words to regain some level of meaning or significance. Mostly, I’m “okay-ish.” Days come and go and I drift … Continue reading

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Hard stop…Restart…

Sometimes everything just stops. Like this blog. I haven’t posted here in close to 2 weeks. I could explain I’ve been on a journey, too focused on the details of traveling to divert my attention to writing. I could explain … Continue reading

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for my brother, Scott — and All of Us

we are all fragile,temporary containersof eternal light

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No Regrets

Tip of the hat for today’s topic goes to Mark Blumenthal of the American Botanical Council. I first met Mark in passing years ago as a friend of the folks who ran Nothing Strikes Back. A few years back, I … Continue reading

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Walking in the Long Shadow of Grief

This camel stops at every tent. —a Persian proverb my friend and colleague, Bijan Masumian, shared with me upon hearing of my father’s death Death is inevitable. We each will die. Before that, people that we know die. As you … Continue reading

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Remembering my Friend, Mike MacNaughton (Part 3)

Part 3 — In the wake of my best friend’s death recently, I’ve been trying to walk myself back through our many years of friendship and companionship, sharing short summaries of significant phases while highlighting a few stories along the … Continue reading

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Remembering my Friend, Mike MacNaughton (Part 2)

Part 2 of frustratingly incomplete memory snatches of my best friend, Mike MacNaughton, who died unexpectedly in his sleep recently. I’d known him for 50 years, so any tribute is obviously abbreviated. Even spreading some of these stories out over … Continue reading

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Remembering my Friend, Mike MacNaughton (Part 1)

  My best friend, Mike MacNaughton, died unexpectedly in his sleep last week. The loss of any close friend is difficult & life-changing, and Mike was my best friend for most of my life. Recently, we reconnected again after a … Continue reading

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Día de Los Muertos — Happy, Joyous Days

Today marks Día de Los Muertos, the traditional Mesoamerican “Day of the Dead.” For those unfamiliar with the cultural background and symbology, it may seem a macabre celebration of death, complete with skeleton costumes and make-up as well as sugar … Continue reading

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