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“Be frank and realistic.” An interview with Valerie Seiling Jacobs

August 23, 2012 by


Valerie Seiling Jacobs practiced law for over 20 years before fully turning to writing; she is the author of “Packing for the Ineffable,” which appeared in the New York Times, and numerous essays on politics, the environment, and family. Jacobs currently teaches at the Westport Writers’ Workshop and holds a fellowship at Columbia University, where […]

Miracles as well as doubts

March 31, 2012 by


In response to Catherine’s post, “How Dead is Dead?”: I agree that use of bypass technology to provide “organ support” for brain dead patients is troubling. I heard the same NPR program and it caused me to vividly recall my own doubts about my daughter Maya’s status as a biomort. Maya was declared dead by […]

Lessons for the Living

March 9, 2012 by


One of five videos taken from the documentary film “Lessons for the Living.” Dying and Dinner Parties from ThinPlace Pictures on Vimeo.