Sunday, October 18, 2015

Afterward

Afterword
a poem by Jeffrey Harrison

The maple limb severed
by a December storm
still blossoms in May
where it lies on the ground,

its red tassels a message
from the other side,
like a letter arriving
after its writer has died.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ain't No Way to Die - Rapping in the ICU

There’s lots of talk about having “the conversation” with loved ones and warnings about being enmeshed in the medical-industrial complex as we are dying.  As Atul Gawande put it in Being Mortal, “Lacking a coherent view of how people might live successfully all the way to their very end, we have allowed our fates to be controlled by the imperatives of medicine, technology, and strangers.”

In a fast paced rapping video really meant for our kids and grandkids, here’s Ain’t The Way To Die, based on the Eminem and Rihanna masterpiece Love The Way You Lie.  Send it on to the younger generation if you want them to understand!  (And scroll down on the link for the lyrics if needed.)

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