• Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Mature Content: Whose life is it, anyway? — Third and final part

    By Ron Kokish

    “A time to love and a time to die” … Ecclesiastes 3:2

    At 85, my father was failing badly enough for his doctor to insist he stop driving. A few months later I called and casually asked how he was feeling. “Fine, physically,” he replied, “but life… read more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Continuing the life cycle with green burials

    Life is full of many cyclical trends — from fashion and food to names and colors — but it all starts with the cycle of life and, consequently, death. Burials, like produce, began trending in a less natural direction with the manipulation of an organic process.
    Pre-Civil War burials… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Mature Content: Whose death is it, anyway? Part II

    By Ron Kokish

    Freedom means having options throughout our lives, including the time during which we are dying. Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) increases our options. Unfortunately, it was not yet legally available in the 1980s, when my friend Dorothy’s father, Michael, died of cancer; so, Michael had no legal… read more →

  • Locations: Columns Published

    Mature Content: Never say die

    By Kristi Nichols

    In March, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I emailed my oldest son a list of my financial details, a copy of my will, and my advanced medical directive. I thought it was the prudent thing to do in case I contracted the virus and died. Almost instantly, I received… read more →