The kind you’re born with, the kind you choose, the kind that teach Catholic school
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John Thorndike bought his farm in Athens, Ohio, in the 1970s, when he was writing and gardening. He enjoys the same activities today, except that he has thirty tomato plants — instead of three thousand — and more time to write. He is the author of The Last of His Mind: A Year in the Shadow of Alzheimer’s (Swallow Press), which the Washington Post named as one of the best books of 2009.
My father, as he approaches death, never speaks about it, but I know he’s thought the matter through and wants to avoid a lingering, painful end. I’m sure of this because of the pills I found in his closet.