Live each day as if

          It is your last.

One day – – –

          You’ll be right!

Your thoughts are welcome – always!



Purpose of Life —-?


The purpose of life,

          Is to learn

                    How to die.





Only ends

The continuous search

For self.


It is not

The point at which

You find it.

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Your thoughts,  comments, are always most welcome.

Be Still and Know

A Thought from – Heidegger

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We must

run  forward

towards death,


we will defeat it

by accepting it.


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We have lots to learn from one another.


A Good Death – poem by OTL

This is a “poem” written celebrating my brother’s death, as I watched.



     Gentle breathing

     Relaxed into the moment




At Peace

     In thought

     In body

Gratitude for life

     Challenges and opportunities

     Failures and lessons learned

     The chance – – just to be


Awareness in the moment

     Embraced and cradled in the cosmos

     Transition to

          Eternal in becoming


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Poem OTL 8.1.13





The last thing I saw – 

                        Flash from the barrel.

The last thing I heard – 

                        Sharp crack the moment power exploded.

The last thing I felt – 

                        Piercing of my brain.

The last thing I thought – 

The Last Thing

The Last Thing

The Last Thing


So I thought.

                                            To be continued ……….

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Poem by OTL 6.9.13

My Final Days – poem by OTL

“So old so soon,

                    so smart so late.”

I remember my grandfather saying those words to me one afternoon when I was a child of five.  Those words have been in my mind since that day.  They move in the shadows between so many thoughts.   – – Thinking of him, now thinking of me.

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As a child when I heard my grandfather make that statement,

I really had no idea what he meant.

                                          – – – only knew he was now old.

As a man now having reached his sixties,

        I understand – well,

        very well,

Their meaning.

I have had experiences





        Struggles and failures


        Growth and success


        Even shame

        Self discovery

True sense of my true self.

I have part of the answer to the question –

Who am I?

I am blessed.

I am gifted.

An eternal learner.

An eternal student of life,

        With much more

        Yet to discover

        Yet to learn

        Yet to embrace.

However, even this day well before my last,

I can stand “grounded”.

I look back over many years of life.

I have a history.

With that history

               I look forward to the next chapters of this life

               However many may yet be left.

That I don’t know,

Nor ever will.

Only after I pass, will others be able to tell you.

Now standing here,

At the head of “my parade”

Built upon the richness that all of my personal history affords me,

        The paths I have walked,

        The miles I have traveled,

        The energy of the universe

                    Urges me

                              To be a contributor,

                              An active participant,

                              A co-creator,

                                       of my remaining days.

And so – I commit.

Poem by – – OTL 8.16.12

Be Still – – – and Know


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Take this opportunity to “teach” all of us who seek deeper truth in life.



“a good time” – reflection

“We’re not here for a long time,

                         we’re here for a good time!”


How would you define – “a good time”?

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What words does this photo “speak” to you?  –  Within you?

About you?    About how you live?    About how you spend your time?

About your past hopes & dreams?    About your plans for the future?

About the beauty you have experienced,

                           and the beauty you want to experience – in your life?

What are you doing to make all of that happen?

Be Still – – – and Know


Your thoughts and comments are always welcomed.

Write a few words to share.

Take this opportunity to “teach” all of us who seek deeper truth in life.

Life after Death

Life after Death ?

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail.  There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers.  That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

Stephen Hawking  – British physicist

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 You will die – so what do you think about THAT ? ? ?

Be Still – – – and Know


Your thoughts and comments are always welcomed.  Write a few words to share.

Take this opportunity to “teach” all of us who seek deeper truth in life.


Thoughts at the Moment of My Death -poem by OTL

A gift to Self and Friends

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Thoughts at the Moment of my Death


To relax into Death

Knowing it is natural

Knowing it is unavoidable

Knowing it is happening.


To relax into Death

Dying with comfort of mind & spirit.


To relax into Death

Life’s timeline now ending

Some dreams realized – – others not

It is OK.


To relax into Death

The journey nears its end

The chance of being

The flicker of the flame of life

Growing dim.


To relax into Death

One last breath

The last of the air that gives life

The last moment of Living

Taken within




Oh Glorious Passing

That comes with such:




          For all.


Poem by: OTL 12.10.12

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