When the hospital plays God…

It’s Karen Ann Quinlan and Terri Schiavo all over again. Only this one’s different. This one involves a pregnant woman, and the rules have changed. Because this is Texas, where, thanks to George W. Bush, fetuses trump everything, and the only sacred thing is birth. But this isn’t just about Bush and it’s not just Read More …

11/25/2009: Here’s an off-the-wall question: Where are the vocal groups that support Death with Dignity?

[eta No, I don’t mean the musicians. Until today I didn’t know there *were* musicians named Euthanasia!] Background: In junior high, I took a class on death and dying. I was particularly interested in the subject because of my mother’s illness. I think it’s likely that this class introduced me to the concept of Euthanasia. Read More …

Musing About Death…

I’ve had this post brewing in the back of my mind since I started listening to Rent (and really, since I saw the movie last fall). I think my thoughts have solidified enough to write what I’ve been thinking, on and off, over the months. Warning!!! Serious musings on the value of life, the meaninglessness Read More …

June 15, 2005: Obviously one Michael trumps another…

And so, now we know… Washington Post: Schiavo Autopsy Released And for all that, we tied up the congress, the court system, and the morals of hundreds of thousands of people who used this poor, doomed woman as a poster child for the injustices of fate. And now, NPR and PBS… Thinking Canadian thoughts again… Read More …

April 01, 2005*: Man’s Inhumanity to Man

A day after the death of Theresa “Terri” Schindler Schiavo, and on the eve of what may soon be the death of Pope John Paul II, I have finally coalesced all the things I think have been so wrong about what has happened to our government, our judicial system, and our humanity as members of Read More …