Voices

Five common misconceptions about dying

Failure to address the myths, misconceptions and misinformation about dying results in misguided decision making, decreased quality of life, and worsening suffering when our time comes.

The things that happen when I put down my phone

We are Pavlov’s dogs salivating at the ding of each notification, scrolling through the lives of those we know and many we don’t until we buy something or fall asleep, whichever comes first.

A delayed (and vaccinated) honeymoon in Hawaii

When it comes to travel, I don’t believe in half measures. If you’re on a safari, go to the Serengeti. If you’re on a pilgrimage, go to the Holy Land. And if you’re on a honeymoon, go to Hawaii.

What to do with all those honorary degrees?

It’s a bit of a conundrum to value something and hide it away, but I am doing just that.

A High Holy Day reflection on end-of-life wishes

Like the spiritual work we begin over the High Holy Days, acknowledging our mortality and planning for our end of life isn’t easy.