HEARTSONGS: The Story of Matti Stepanek Will Knock Your Socks Off

Requiem in SeaOh, to call the conch my home . . . Stormy-smoothed tunnels of Kaleidoscope walls spiraling into Pearl-shimmered dyes, Ever-changing with the light Of the sun, of the moon, Of the tide, and the gloaming, And surging, and sighing,Of the sea . . . Of that space That calls to me Beyond the Polished Pier, Beyond the now, and here.Echo of ocean breath, Silhouette of Light, Indescribable description Passing, mortal fathoming. Passion, ebbing into solace, Upon … [Read more...]

Olfactory Comfort: French Perfume Smells Just Like Your Departed Spouse

By Angela Andriot [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

For a lonely widow, a photograph can trigger a memory of happier days--but so can the familiar scent of her husband's shaving lotion, his pipe tobacco, the shirts in his closet.Katia Apalategui, grief-stricken after her husband's passing, found consolation by burrowing her face into her late husband's pillow, allowing his familiar scent to renew memories of their years together. So Katia had an idea:  Why not create a perfume which matched her late husband's scent, so that she could keep the … [Read more...]

Don Piper Was Dead–and Then He Wasn’t. Now a New Movie Tells His Incredible and Moving Story.

90 Minutes in Heaven

Don Piper was dead--and then he wasn't.Pastor Don Piper died on January 25, 1989, when the vehicle he was driving was struck head-on by a tractor-trailer truck while crossing a narrow bridge.  By the time rescue workers arrived at the Texas bridge where the truck had crushed his car, his mangled body had no pulse and paramedics declared him dead.  For the next 90 minutes, with a tarp covering his body, Don experienced love, joy and life like he never had before.Don was in heaven--or at l … [Read more...]