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Ready or Not in the Land of the Dying

I was sure he'd have died by now. He was sliding fast last spring. I hoped he'd see his birthday in late June, but was positive he'd be gone by August. Positive. Come his birthday and he rallied. I me

12/05/2013 12:07:00 PM

Wandering Monk, Reluctant Gyrovague (Site / Info)

A Long and Winding Tale Through a House Darkly

Living with Strangers

For nine months I barely tolerated my narcissistic weekend caregiver and his slovenly ways. He never cleaned. A heavy guy, he broke all my dining room chairs by tilting back in them. Though hardly you

07/18/2013 10:40:00 PM

Wandering Monk, Reluctant Gyrovague (Site / Info)

A Long and Winding Tale Through a House Darkly

Death Practice

I knew it was time for Milt to be in hospice last fall, but I still didn't like it. When I agreed to do this, I thought we'd have at least five years together, hopefully longer. Two and a half years?

07/15/2013 08:03:00 PM

Wandering Monk, Reluctant Gyrovague (Site / Info)

A Long and Winding Tale Through a House Darkly

Dying in Peace

My uncle lives with me. He is dying. With hospice at our sides,* his passing has a good chance of being gentle and sweet. He’s on the last stretch. I hope he makes it to his birthday in late June, but

05/31/2013 01:17:00 PM

Wandering Monk, Reluctant Gyrovague (Site / Info)

A Long and Winding Tale Through a House Darkly

Grief, Joy, Rest

I'm learning yoga nidra. This is the yoga of deep relaxation and complete self-acceptance - the exact opposite of throwing your body into extreme poses - as "yoga" so often means in the US. Yoga nidra

04/22/2013 09:39:00 PM

Wandering Monk, Reluctant Gyrovague (Site / Info)

A Long and Winding Tale Monastic Practice