Monthly Archives: February 2013

Top five regrets of the dying

It is a few weeks old but this piece in the Guardian — Top five regrets of the dying — is one of those articles that are always worth returning to.

The article, based on a book of the same name by an Australian palliative care nurse, Bronnie Ware, simply summarises the insights that have struck closest to home among people who know they are facing their last days.

As we rush through the hurly-burly of life, we lose sight too easily of the big picture amid the distracting demands of the daily round. It is important to pause from time to time. This simple article helps us to do that.

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A commonplace blog

This is an old idea in a modern form. Since the 15th Century the commonplace book has acted a scrapbook of ideas — a place where the noteworthy can be noted.

These notes were mostly, I suppose, for personal consumption but such selfishness is out of tune with the 21st Century mania for sharing, which is itself a source of much that is noteworthy. My only problem is that the accelerating stream of blogs and tweets is too fast for my mind and memory to keep up. So I hope to capture and remember the brighter points of interest here — in very brief posts for the most part. The motivation may be primarily self-serving but, since it is easy to make my notes in a public way, I am happy to share.

This blog actually started out on Posterous a couple of years ago as a place to do quick posts about photos or items that would not fit on my science blogs at Occam’s Typewriter or Occam’s Corner. But the imminent closure of Posterous has precipitated a mutation — this is evolution in action. I hope it might be interesting.

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