Today I outlive my father

This blog was actually written for a podcast that I did for an Internet radio station. I am somewhat surprised that I wrote it back in July 2010, some five years ago. As I read it again now, and edit it to be read here rather than heard on the podcast, it has resonances for me and especially as new events bring these thoughts into sharper focus. You can hear the original podcast here. Today is April 13th. Today is an anniversary. Well, in all honesty - it was when I began to think and write this piece. And so it isn’t as I re-read it - and in fact it’s way beyond April 13th as you are reading it. However, an anniversary. Not one of a great event in history. But in 2010 today April 13th

On being diagnosed with cancer

This reflection started as one about engaging with my own mortality and ends up with me wondering if I need to fight not cancer but my own culture, my own society. I have always been of the opinion that the diagnosis ‘cancer’ is a meaningless one, even to the point of it being farcical. Well perhaps not pointless or worthless but certainly a diagnosis of cancer today is far different from one say 20 years ago and maybe even 10 years ago. The damage done by the overuse of the term cancer is probably way underestimated and given my recent experiences I think it’s a dangerous one that’s leading to many unnecessary deaths. Those who are very ill, incapacitated and die are lumped in with people l

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