Mature Content

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Mature Content: Kristi’s Legacy

    Kristi Nicholls was a Carbondalian, psychotherapist, triathlete, CAFCI steering committee member and mother of four. On Oct. 30, she legally and peacefully ended her life, with her four adult children at her side, before having to endure the grand mal seizures and strokes that would have been in her future.read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Mature Content: This run is for experts only

    Opinion by Ron Kokish

    My son and 10-year-old grandson were skiing expert terrain on an unfamiliar mountain. When they arrived at a particularly risky slope dad said, “Wait here until I get to the bottom, then follow my line down.” Dad descended and turned to wave his son

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    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 →

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    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, Opinion Published

    Mature Content: Whose death is it, anyway?

    By Ron Kokish

    Charlie was 10 the day he came home from school to find his father Hugo dead in their Montreal living room, an empty whiskey glass on the table and a cigarette still smoldering between two fingers. Hugo’s decision to overdose was tragic and understandable.
    Fleeing… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    Adjust, accommodate, repeat: Part two

    By Larry Bogatz

    Mature Content is a monthly feature from the Carbondale AARP Age-Friendly Community Initiative (CAFCI).

    I appreciated Marty Gallagher’s Mature Content column last month: “Adjust, Accommodate, Repeat.” We do this all our lives, in ways both great and small, from the moment we leave

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    Mature Content: Praising the power of pets

    Nancy Peterson worked as a registered veterinary technician, trained dogs for people with disabilities and was the Community Cats Program Manager for The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization. She serves on the boards of the National Kitten Coalition and Neighborhood Cats and isread more →

  • Locations: Opinion Published

    Aging today: Playing a strong hand

    By Ron Kokish

    When it comes to aging, America has changed. Thanks mostly to a reduction in childhood mortality, more than 80% of Americans born in 1957 lived to be 65 this year. At over 54 million, the 65+ group is now almost 17% of the country. In contrast, in… read more →

  • Locations: Columns, Opinion Published

    A miracle in the Bronx

    Of course there’s a Santa Claus. I saw him up close in the Bronx, in 1959, in the employee bathroom at Alexander’s Department Store. We stood silently, as men do at adjoining urinals, finished our business and returned to our work: he to the Children’s Department on the second floor,… read more →

  • Locations: Columns Published

    Mature Content: Aging well in the mountains

    By Nancy Roen

    For me, this time of year is a time for counting blessings, remembering over 50 years ago when I lived in Colorado and visited Carbondale and sent down tap roots. I was struck then by the similarities between the landscape and ethos of the area with the… read more →