Monthly Archives: June 2011

Examining the Benefit of Limits

In my previous post about limits, I indicated that limits do not agree with us as human beings. Then why do we have them? Besides real dangers that we rightly fear, the reason we limit our aspirations and doubt our … Continue reading

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Life Beyond Limits

“We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.” Humanity is unique among species. It doesn’t just evolve, it seeks to explore its limits and eliminate its boundaries. We are innocent in this regard; we seem to come … Continue reading

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Time is too valuable

A friend told me on Sunday that “life is too short to…” I replied, “You say life is too short. I say time is too valuable.” Then I got an email about it. “To realize the value of ten years: … Continue reading

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What’s new?

“What’s new,” my neighbor asked? I could have mentioned the new blog post, the new coffee product I received or the recent disturbance in the neighborhood. Those are new. But I replied, “What an interesting question. Isn’t everything new?” “Yes, … Continue reading

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I can’t believe I ate the whole thing

This age-old regret may be a significant factor in aging and feeling old. Overeating has long made news, but a different approach, a calorie restriction diet, is rarely seen or heard, and is often ridiculed. Instead of taking an over-the-counter … Continue reading

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Living Without Regrets

I came across a blog recently where nurse Bronnie Ware posts the most commonly heard regrets people utter before they die. http://www.inspirationandchai.com/Regrets-of-the-Dying.html Regrets are something we can nurse every day, pardon the pun. But nursing them keeps them alive. It’s … Continue reading

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Body Ownership

Life forever on this planet raises many theological, demographic, social and philosophical issues. On this blog, I attempt to speak to many of them and to resource other expert opinions. But central to this discussion is one I have not … Continue reading

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I don’t accept death

Ray Kurzweil in the documentary “Transcendent Man” states a new attitude about death. There’s nothing good about disease and death, as much as we try to ennoble it. People have had no alternative but to rationalize… but death really is … Continue reading

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Looking Forward

“You always have to have something to look forward to.” Helen Howland, 100 years old Centenarians are looking forward to more in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and you have to admire their zest for life. I think Helen has just shared … Continue reading

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Ownership

“You can’t take it with you.” If there is only one thing that death teaches us, it is that we do not own anything. Yet this truth is not limited to the objects we think we own; neither do we … Continue reading

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Love, Share, Be. The Reason We Live.

My father’s passing has made an impression on me that nothing before has…and it’s no surprise to those of you that have suffered a similar fate. It has given me a focus on the meaning of my life here and, … Continue reading

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Fallen Fathers

On this Father’s Day, 2011, we again remember fathers. And if your or your partner’s father has passed on, you know that Father’s Day is not necessarily a time of connection and joy. As I look at photos of my … Continue reading

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Waiting for Death

Too much TV time (more than two hours per day) has been linked to higher risk of death. Other recent studies show that sitting in general (computer, office, lounging) is less healthy than standing or moving about. But this latest … Continue reading

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Transcendence- Immortality on our Doorstep

Award winning author and scientist Ray Kurzweil, author of “The Age of Spiritual Machines,” “The Age of Intelligent Machines,” “Fantastic Voyage,” “Nine Steps to Living Well Forever” and “The Singularity is Near” is more than imagining a future where immortality … Continue reading

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Passion or Mission

People often think of me as a passionate person. (You may have been able to pick up some of my passion from the way I write.) But counter to the current emphasis on finding your passion, I have not found … Continue reading

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Body Love

I love my body for one particular reason: it is my touchstone with all that I am. It stores my memories, my emotions, senses and perceptions. It connects me to the people I love. It gives me the ability to … Continue reading

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Loving the Future

I have often wondered about the future and what separates it from the present. Why does it always feel a long way off when it is only the next second away? Surely the future is present now as we plant … Continue reading

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How to Live Forever- Review

Mark Wexler’s third documentary debuted in San Diego on June 3rd. The San Diego Reader posted this interview with Wexler. How to Live Forever is a life-affirming movie, full of good humor and insights. Check it out on the movie … Continue reading

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Future Calling

Science fiction writers have mysteriously predicted many advancements in science, technology and government. Fictional explorations into space, the human body and under the sea were years ahead of the technology that today oddly mirrors what these writers imagined in great … Continue reading

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Celebrity Status

People almost never ask me if I am a celebrity. No, I am not, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to be. The truth is, I think we should all be celebrities. We should all be notable for something … Continue reading

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As Powerful as the Trust and Connection

“The roles we play in each others’ lives are only as powerful as the trust and connection between us.” – Oprah Winfrey It’s not hard to see the truth of the quote. Oprah nailed that one. And because roles are … Continue reading

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The Limits of Life

“It is our duty as human beings to proceed as if the limits or our capabilities do not exist.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, visionary French Jesuit, philosopher and scientist. For many years this quote has inspired me to think … Continue reading

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Jack Kevorkian Passes

“Dr. Death” has died at 83. Read his obituary here. The pathologist was a lone champion of the right to die with less pain and more control of the timing.

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Brain Farts

It has often struck me odd that intelligent people can dismiss obvious refutations to their belief systems. (Good examples include people that join cults or invest in shady propositions.) Why can’t they see the flaws when they also display multiple … Continue reading

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Want to Live Longer? Have more sex!

Dr. Daniel Amen in his book “Sex on the Brain” looks at brain function and sexual experience. They are very interconnected. In the chapter “Methuselah’s Secret” the neurologist states, “Regular sexual contact, especially with a committed partner, helps to keep … Continue reading

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Choosing Joy instead of Paranoia

Joy is intimately connected with living fully. This was expressed to me many years ago by a person who described herself as an “inverse paranoid:” someone who believes without any proof that everyone is out to make her day. This … Continue reading

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