The Introvert and the Odor Mortis

Because being a writer means following the advice of Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit and feeding your head.

Submitted for your approval: the details of one head-feeding session….

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The Introvert and the Odor Mortis

The Introvert “On Living”

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Kerry Egan, author of On Living, is a Harvard Divinity School-educated hospice chaplain. When one of her patients asked if she could tell the patient’s story, so that others could learn from her life, Egan carefully considered the consequences of taking on such a project. For hospice patients, this was the final gift that these people could leave behind as they departed this life, so the responsibility of getting their stories right weighed heavily. Continue reading “The Introvert “On Living””

The Introvert “On Living”

Schrödinger’s Disease and the Introvert

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This book by Paul Kalanithi was published posthumously, after he passed away from metastatic lung cancer. The book was written as he was dying from the disease and his narrative includes scenes from his early, formative years, as well as his excruciating descent into pain, debilitation and surprisingly, the joys of fatherhood. He was only thirty-five and his death deprived this world of everything else that he might have contributed, had he lived longer. Kalanithi was one of those rare people who really could have been anything he wanted to be when he grew up. Most of us are told this myth while we’re growing up (I can be an NBA player?) and most of us lack the talent (but I can’t dribble without accidentally kicking the ball) and/or lack the prerequisites (I’m only 5’3″ on a good day) and/or lack the discipline to make the dream a reality (Practice? Nah, rather read a book). Continue reading “Schrödinger’s Disease and the Introvert”

Schrödinger’s Disease and the Introvert