May 25, 2011

What To Expect

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We don’t want to feel pain. For over a century, science and medicine have been devoted to the reduction of it. This movement can be tracked in the history of child birth practices, and a similar movement, bringing consciousness to the process of dying, is in its infancy. First a look at how we come in.

In 1900, 90% of birth was at home. Fifty years later, 90% of births were in a hospital under general anesthesia. As a result, Read the rest of this entry »

March 24, 2011

Questionable

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125 years ago, the teenage Marcel Proust completed a questionnaire popular at that time, Confessions. An Album to Record Thoughts, Feelings, &c. At the time, “confession albums” were primarily used as a parlor game, lightly exploring character and courtship. Proust continued to answer the questions during his lifetime as a means to explore his personal development. Today Read the rest of this entry »