1. I love this piece and your timing is so interesting. A friend of mine sent me a quote yesterday from Bertrand Russell “The best way to overcome it [the fear of death]—so at least it seems to me—is to make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life. An individual human existence should be like a river: small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past rocks and over waterfalls. Gradually the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being”. Thank you for all the marvellous ways you share your ideas and make our lives richer!

  2. Impermanence is the very fragrance of our days. Rilke.

    And I love the podcast Mothers of Invention.

    And the lead story in the Tyee today on Hope.

    And are you hanging out on the Deep Adaptation site? They seem to know how to use and need people w your skills.


    • Hello Patricia! Yes, yes, yes. Thank you for all – keeping the fires burning (if you’ll pardon the metaphor)… Yes, hanging out at Deep Adaptation – a balm. Also experimenting with a neghbourhood response to our collective angst… Would love to share and connect! Julia

  3. I love this post and it has come when I am dealing with a palliative family member. It reminds me of “The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have. ” (Randy Pausch). His words keep me grounded and your reminder was, as always, welcome.

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