vol. 9, num. 20 :: 2010.11.05 — 2010.11.18
“Life is all about...” We can complete that sentence many ways. Some would say it’s all about learning how to die -- how to let go of ourselves, how to trust what happens next, how to live a life we feel okay leaving behind. How have you come to understand your legacy?
Life, confession and memory in the endless moment of illness.
Putting the search for direction in the context of death.
On the hope of carving out a path that leads home.
Finding hope in the middle of grieving an unexpected loss.
An uneasy legacy tied together with the thread of a shared name.
On shaping a life that will honor the memory and the suffering of those who have gone before.
Over a monthly meal, a friendship and a lifetime influence is cultivated.
A memorial for a mother who had a passion for broken things.
Reflecting on privilege and the manageability of death by natural or unnatural causes.
Archbiship Romero’s legacy survives in El Salvador.
Teasing out the legacy of a 1951 hospital mix-up, forty years later.
Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.
William C. Martin
The Parent’s Tao Te Ching
Hat tip: James Padilla-DeBorst
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