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often in my ego, but moving steadily toward greater consciousness
Retired, but not too retiring, a work still in progress
Interests: making my home homey, balance, Music (making & appreciating), living and dying well, ta'i chi, dancing, cooking, doing crazy things on birthdays.
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I wish I believed that things - life on the planet - would be better for everyone on Nov. 4th, or on Jan. 21st... but I don't. I've read too much news and commentary, of course. I've been following politics... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at KateThoughts
article that inspired this draft... Guess I need to start writing... This article came along on 10-07-20, The BEST description of how I feel that I have ever read.... I am not that extreme. It reflects me well, though.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2020 at KateThoughts
There are many posts here, now, and many more links to other articles and information. Lately, I've relied heavily on Ronni Bennett of Time Goes By, largely because she is living and sharing her dying. Don't see how we can get more pertinent to our purpose than that. I will keep posting here, because it's one of the things I do. But I have become aware that this blog and,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at Itsa Village
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Old at Heart: Reframing How We Talk about Aging and Being Old by Gaea Yudron, a writer/artist + much more, and a FB friend. You can find her thru the link to the article, or on FB. I am a fan of Tao Porchon-Lynch, the nonagenarian yogini and ballroom dancer, whom I have written about before in this blog. She is a wonderful example of vitality... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at Itsa Village
Oregon Hospice and Palliative Care non-profit spotlights Time Goes By. Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at Itsa Village
Stumbling Along Toward an Ending Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at Itsa Village
This is a quick way to save these titles... thru Ronni, of course... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at Itsa Village
This quote I sent to Nadette in an email started a conversation I want to keep and possibly expand upon. "In his splendid essay called “On an Apparent Intention in the Fate of the Individual,” Schopenhauer points out that when... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2020 at KateThoughts
Why Women need a Tribe Tanja Taljaard and Azriel Re'Shel, writing in 2016, think so. So do I. In truth, I think we are one...with some familial tension among us on most days... I've posted this link, with only a quick scan, to save it for us, and to follow some interesting links... My tribe, however, does not require chanting, incense, beads, shawls, or paint. Though it is quite possible... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2020 at Itsa Village
Is there a difference in suicide and death by self-administered legally prescribed drugs? You'll find opinions, facts, and links to other sources here on Ms. Bennett's TGB. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at Itsa Village
This post from TGB's Ronni Bennett talks about recent legal changes; links to her own personal experience. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at Itsa Village
a reader story from Time Goes By... Topsy Turvy various methods for successful hugging are being created. This from CBS Sunday Morning is the most recent I've found. And one that two of my Dear Dear Friends have followed. WONDERFUL! Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at KateThoughts
Posted Sep 1, 2020 at Itsa Village
Ronni Bennett of Time Goes By has done these half-hour videos with her former husband for some time now. I rarely watch them. But She has received her MAID drugs; she talks about them herein; and there is no way to know which/when the last one will be done. I'm embedding one or more here, just because... RB 8-19-20 Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2020 at Itsa Village
Anthropologist Wade Davis on how COVID-19 signals the end of the American era. The article is here. This article has come up before me twice in a week. I read it both times. It seems to me to be an article worth saving.... doing so. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2020 at Itsa Village
Compassion and Choices "Compassion & Choices improves care, expands options and empowers everyone to chart their end-of-life journey." according to their home page. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2020 at Itsa Village
There have been two calls with Ken, now. I know I don't want to let go of that connection, but sometimes I wonder about my need of him. Other days, I wish he lived in the spare room. :) I've... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2020 at KateThoughts
Ronni Bennett knows now. Read her impressions and thoughts here. As is usual with her, she writes with humor and honesty in this quote: "But I suspect that more often now I will take up the questions that have both buoyed and bedeviled me from time to time and even, in a couple of cases, made me laugh: Will I have breakfast on the last morning? If so, how will... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2020 at Itsa Village
Riffin' on Ronni Bennett again. She is now under hospice care at home. She says no. "Going gentle into my personal good night is one reason I have embraced medical aid in dying. Those drugs will send me on my way quietly without a prolonged period of decline or pain." I confess that I tend to lean into the idea (of suicide), if not the reality. But/and I know that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2020 at Itsa Village
Doesn't need any comment from me... maybe one from you? Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2020 at Itsa Village
I wonder... to die when I'm ready? or to be ready when I die. I wonder if those are different things... one wonder full day, I will wonder no more. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2020 at Itsa Village
I'm not going to comment on this post today. Just want to post it here. (How I long for our group meetings...) This is from Ronni Bennett, one of the Internet's recognized experts on aging, who has been told now, that she qualifies for Hospice ...meaning her doctor expects her to have less than 6 months to live. Her words in this post from June 15th, are worthy of our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2020 at Itsa Village
I know I'm in my shit when my emotions are this strong over NOTHING of any consequence. In this particular instance it is just having to wait, and then being ignored. Cornerstone. Called in from Farleys parking. Drove thru town.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2020 at KateThoughts
I originally published these thoughts on Itsa Village, on the "Random thoughts" page...about corona-related stuff...a couple of weeks ago... but did not have the nerve to leave it there. Even after mentioning the Random Thoughts post when I shared and... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2020 at KateThoughts
The title of this post comes from an essay I'm eager to share with you. Click here to read the full article. It was written by Charlotte Wood, originally for The Griffith Review, a literary magazine from Australia; and now published by The Guardian. This essay's title is "What Are We Really Afraid of When We Think of Old Age? Ms. Wood writes from the POV of a woman in... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2020 at Itsa Village