reflections on the night after David Bowie died. thank you, Bowie, we are all a little more dead and a little more alive because of you.

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for Part One of this series visit: Serially Lost (Part 1)

Serially Found

Jan realized she needed to get out of there—quick. She was starting to seriously lose it.

Jesus always does save, doesn’t he? Jan joked to herself, feeling grateful for the intuition no matter where it was coming from.

She reached for her phone. “Still in NJ?” read a mysterious text message.

She hesitated. Jan hated the phone and never answered calls or messages when she didn’t recognize the sender. Losing all her contacts last year when her phone died complicated her neurosis.

Yet somehow, she was compelled to answer.

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Happiness Carousel rabbit sky love

i just found out: i’m dying. so i wrote a poem: it's all very tragic and not all at the same time.

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ducks

ducks

“Hey, Sally?”

“Ya, Phil?”

“It’s really nice out, isn’t it?”

“It really is. I love our Wednesday Daytime Duck Dates.”

“Me too. I could just glide around with you like this everyday.”

Their little orange flippers turn them around so they are facing each other, swimming in parallel, and following one another.

ducks

“It’s so quiet here, isn’t it?”

“Sure is, Phil. Remember when there used to be all kinds of creatures splashing around in this here lake?”

“Yep, sure do. And in the winters all the families would bring their kids ice skating. This lake is so big. Stretches far out past those trees. We should go over there sometime.”

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Every life and every death begins the same way, with an exhale. We come into the world with a cry and go out with a sigh, each of these expressions floating on the out-breath.

Buddha’s disciple, Maudgalyayana, taught his own student an important lesson by showing him a huge pile of bones. When the student asked, “What is that?” Maudgalyayana replied, “These are all the bones from the bodies you had in previous lives.” 

The bones are always the first to go; it is how the earth element in our body dissolves. Water goes next, followed by the element of fire. Then our wind blows out. After the air element leaves us, the only thing that is left is our consciousness and finally that exits the body, too.

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on Loss, Death, and what's on the Other Side.

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