death Archive

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    59 Psaltery & Lyre: James A. Clark, “Elegy for a Stranger”

    “God, what a shame / to die so young. Soon after, the rain came. / Fat, angry drops began to pelt and sting / my skin.”
  • clover

    52 Psaltery & Lyre: Dayna Patterson, “There is a certain comfort”

    “There is a certain peace / to feel your feet planted / in the place where they will stop / the hop skip jump of life . . . “
  • chicken eye

    3 Psaltery & Lyre: Sarah Dunster, “The Death of Ginny”

    Sarah Dunster is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. Her poems have been published in Dialogue: a Journal of Mormon Thought, Segullah Magazine, and Victorian Violet Press.
  • Moravian cemetery

    Do You Realize?

    Two powerful iconic men — Steve Jobs, technology visionary, and Fred Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights movement activist — died this week. While Shuttlesworth’s death was certainly mourned and reported on, it...
  • Finding Peace

    Finding Peace

    Forgiveness.  As babies and young children, we can’t help but forgive those that wrong us.  We have no choice…. we are too dependent.  But somehow along the path to adulthood...
  • car crash window

    Crash Test

    The thought of any inexperienced driver in charge of a 4,000 pound machine makes me very nervous, but anticipating my own flesh-and-blood inexperienced driver sends me almost into a panic.
  • Lightness

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    I am here one day, and on the next, I am gone. Yet I am part of a community, a society, and a species, that will continue after I am...
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    The Rabbit Hole

    Today’s guest post was written by Amanda Mixon, a graduate student of English at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. This is where John Cameron Mitchell’s (director) Rabbit Hole...
  • will paper

    I, Heather Kathleen Olson Beal, Being of Sound Mind and Body

    A few months ago, Brent and I finally managed to complete a task that has been on our to-do list for—gulp—14.5 years. We had a will drawn up (and other...

    Operation Stop Arm

    My neighbor Sheri and I watched motorists pass our children’s school bus for years. We took video, called the police, reported tag numbers, complained to the public school department of...
  • hummingbird

    Fff… family

    I just read this today and loved it: A great reminder that not all families look alike (which clearly we should not need reminding) and that for some people,...
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    The Fountain

    How much recompense can mythology – or even the scientific comforts of persistence of the body – provide in the face of human yearning?
  • moon01


    Today’s post on ‘Rogue Cinema’ is a collaboration between Matt and Andy. “WHERE ARE WE NOW?” If you’ve seen 2001: A Space Odyssey you’ll find many similarities between the mood,...
  • Reflected Sphere


    When the Universe ends—or re-begins?—how will we know? Who will write the history of it? And what is the basis of any hope that anyone would care to read it?
  • oklahoma city memorial


    This week Heather visited the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. On a large wall she found inscribed these words: “We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived...
  • Approaching Star

    Lamb Chop In The Sky

    If a boy becomes a man and can still feel the tug of an emotion from across 40 years, one may guess that the experience was profound — and so...
  • Partake so that we might live ...

    Blessed Eve, Mother of All Living

    The opposite of life is not death, rather never knowing. Yet knowledge has been called a forbidden fruit and a poison … the root of all evil … a bitter...
  • Galaxy of Galaxies: section of a Mandelbrot set


    Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line …