Top Five Regrets of the Dying

This Guardian article must have been written by a nasty atheist, because there's no mention of all those people who must have said "I wish I'd spent more time in church." Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the … [Read more...]

Rewinding Religion, Recreating Science

Any serious writer could tell you: Not everything you write ends up on a page somewhere. Some of the stuff just isn't good enough. Some of it is good enough, but not germane to the piece you're currently writing. And some of it is good enough but ... just doesn't fit anywhere. This is a piece of a piece that never made it into my book. It's sort of a double reject — the chapter in which it appeared was edited out of the book, but even before that decision was made, this bit was edited out of … [Read more...]

Babies. Lemons.

Ah, if only we had this instinctive reaction the first time we were spoonfed the family religion ... Also: I still have this same sort of reaction when I bite into a lemon. … [Read more...]