Topics and Tangents

We’re here to learn

The precise time that we’re born into and leave our life is hidden, only to be revealed to us as it happens. We emerge as a tiny parcel of wriggling flesh and return to the void with a body large and still. In the space between, we grow our lives, richly multi-textured, from the first […]

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The Pitiful Prospect of Misplacing my Mind

What could be worse than dying or dying badly? It’s disappointing enough that the body that’s faithfully served me will fail, but what if my mind careens ahead and fails first? That’s worse, so as I move into my seventh decade with gusto, I’m setting preconditions. You need not agree, and I’m not advocating for […]

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Beginning to Tackle the End

Life has a habit of making more of itself, but this is not everlasting. Once we’re alive, there’s great momentum to keep life going, and it takes a major event to interrupt the habit. As a result, we assume that our lives go on endlessly and forever. But our timestamp expires, even though we don’t […]

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turns out, some don’t like it hot

Inflammation, a normal adaptive response of the organism to challenge, is important for survival. But it’s run amok today, spurring an epidemic of chronic inflammatory conditions that morph into maladies as diverse as heart disease, diabetes, dementia, allergies, ADHD, reflux, and inflammatory bowel disorders. From the perspective of Chinese medicine, modern life generates excess Heat. […]

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