Category Archives: life & death

Let’s Talk About Grief

Death is inevitable. So is grief. Yet, we avoid discussing either, rendering ourselves unable to talk about the associated feelings — we do not have the words nor have we practiced how to talk about our feelings surrounding death, loss, … Continue reading

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On Redesigning the Death Spiral

I’ve written before about the fearful attitude many people show towards death and dying. Some people are so fearful that they worry that to even say the word out loud will open some Black Hole of Death in the corner of … Continue reading

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Further Thoughts on Death & Dying, Good and Bad

So, I had been intending to write a piece about “redesigning the Death Spiral” and the concept of A Good Death. And right then, I got walloped upside the head and heart with a Bad Death. In the simplest terms, … Continue reading

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Goodbye and Godspeed, Gwen

words won’t bring her back. tears can’t wash away the pain. a hole in my heart… My sweet, wonderful cousin, Gwen died this past week, and is winging away from us now. She had just traveled to San Angelo for … Continue reading

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Memories of my Uncle, Tom Cade Massey

My uncle, Tom Massey, died this week at age 86, another reminder that we are all temporary here. His memorial service is being held today in his native San Angelo, Texas where family and friends will gather to see him … Continue reading

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Back Porch in the Rear View, 2017

The end of the year is awash in people’s lists: 10 Best Movies, Top 10 International News Stories, 12 Stories You Missed, and the like. So why not a list of stories told on the Buller Back Porch this past … Continue reading

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A Christmas Eve Angel, 1988

The car started to overheat that Christmas Eve just as I passed 183 on my way out of town. “No!” I cried helplessly. Houston lay over 180 miles away and now it looked like my car wouldn’t even get me … Continue reading

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