Tag Archives: life and death

“I don’t know what I can do to save people anymore.” A Michigan ER nurse, saying that “life and death” decisions are being made right now because of capacity and resource issues, begs people to “stay home” in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

As of right now, Michigan is one of the top five states in the country with regard to diagnosed COVID-19 cases. According to today’s numbers, we now have nearly 2,300 confirmed cases, and 43 people here in our state have died as a result of the virus. And, as predicted, it’s beginning to take its […]

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Do all of us older folks need to die before things get better?

A few days ago, in response to a post that I’d written about the young leaders emerging from the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, there was an interesting exchange between two of our favorite commenters, Jean [the first comment above] and Lynn [the second comment above], about, among other things, the idea that sometimes, for true […]

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On today’s fatality at Washtenaw Intermediate Middle Academy

An eighth grader at my daughter’s school passed away at about 2:30 this afternoon, after either falling or jumping from the roof of the building. Linette was waiting in front of the building to pick Clementine up when word came out that the school was on “lockdown” due to a “medical emergency.” She and I […]

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Thinking about death, the legacy we leave behind, and David Bowie’s Blackstar

I had the occasion to spend some time this afternoon with a friend who, in spite of serious ongoing health issues, is launching a new social venture intended to bring resources to third-world farmers. When discussing his decision to launch something incredibly ambitious at this point in his life, when his heart is only functioning […]

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Is it morbid that I’ve satarted a “my obituary” file?

I’m home sick from work today, having succumb to the flu that knocked out everyone else in the family last week. And, as if this weren’t enough, an incredibly heavy object fell onto my left foot last night as I was making my way to the bathroom, causing, among other things, my back to go […]

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