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At The Heart Of Healing

An Interview With Stephen Levine

THE SUN: In the introduction to your book Who Dies?, Ram Dass talks about the days when people believed the Earth was flat, and says that the first people who suspected it was round had incredible courage to risk sailing over the edge. He makes the analogy to your pioneering work with the dying. I wonder whether there was a time in your own life when you were afraid of dying.

Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Best Of The 11th Street Ruse

The 11th Street Ruse is a community newspaper/newsmagazine designed to raise the eyebrows and the social/poetical consciousness of the world. So far it has failed. However, it is very popular. Its subscribers number more than 100, mostly paid (not by us).

On A Narrow Ledge

It was my doctor, Joseph Cowgill, on the phone. He was talking to me about the results of my mammogram. “There are clusters of calcification,” he said gravely.


Serpent’s Tooth

Every evening I watched for my father to turn from the street to our apartment house, but the fox terrier always heard him first. She would spring to the couch and stretch toward the window, tiptoed against the sill, her scrawny bottom balanced on the crowned arch of the sofa top. Instead of barking, Mitzi would whine, wriggling and twisting, until Mother swatted at her with a dish towel, toppling her from the perch. Then down she would leap to the door and quiver there. She was always eager for him, regardless of his condition.

Readers Write

Being Wrong

As a newly ordained Episcopal priest in a small Texas seacoast town, I was terribly aware of myself. My new jet-black clericals made me look priestly, and I snuck glances at my reflection in store windows. Since the local Roman Catholic priest wore clerical clothes only on Sundays, I felt a little superior. I thought I was a good advertisement for the Episcopal Church.

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You’ve never seen death? Look in the mirror every day and you will see it like bees working in a glass hive.

Jean Cocteau

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