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Playwright Anna Deveare Smith Helps Houstonians Cope With Aging and Declining Health

Posted on · Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy wants to engage Houstonians in learning how to "face disease and frailty before you get there." Let's face it: while we know we're all mortal, and that as we age, we decline physically and sometimes mentally. It's an inevitability we don't really want to […]

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End of Life Preparation, and Texans’ Financial Literacy: Thursday’s Show (January 12, 2017)

Posted on · Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy wants to engage Houstonians in learning how to "face disease and frailty before you get there." Let's face it: while we know we're all mortal, and that as we age, we decline physically and sometimes mentally. It's an inevitability we don't really want to […]

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What We Can Learn From ‘Near-Death’ Experiences

Posted on · What exactly happens when someone has a near-death experience? It’s a phenomenon met with both fascination and skepticism. Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin, an assistant professor of philosophy at Sam Houston State University, digs into the subject in the new book Near-Death Experiences: Understanding Visions Of The Afterlife. Mitchell-Yellin, who co-wrote the book with John Martin Fischer, discusses […]

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Life, On the Other Side of You: How a Retired General Wrote His Way Through His Grief

Posted on · Major General Barrye Price is retired from the U.S. Army and happily married with a 9-year-old son he dotes on. But his new book, Life, On the Other Side of You: A Study of Life, Death, and Renewal, isn't about his wife and son – at least not at first glance. It's about his first […]

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Houston Event Encourages Conversations About Mortality

Posted on · This weekend, the Aurora Picture Show hosts a film festival...about death. The event is organized by Death Salon, an initiative that encourages conversations on mortality and mourning. The group travels from city to city holding different events that relate to the topic of death, which founder and director Megan Rosenbloom says is too often sanitized […]

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Funeral Museum Sees its Image Changing

Posted on · When you tell people you’re going to visit the National Museum of Funeral History, you’re bound to get at least one comment along the lines of “that sounds a bit morbid.” That’s exactly what happened last week to Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty. Michael took a tour of the museum with its president, Genevieve Keeney, who […]

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Making Sense of the Astros Hacking Story

Posted on · The story dominating attention in Major League Baseball this past week has been the revelation that some unnamed members of the St. Louis Cardinals’ front office staff are under federal investigation for allegedly hacking into an internal network of the Houston Astros. The system — dubbed “Ground Control” — contained proprietary statistics, analysis, scouting reports, […]

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What’s Right and Wrong About Executions in Texas, and Are Attitudes Toward the Death Penalty Changing in the Lone Star State?

Posted on · Last week, the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the execution of Robert James Campbell within hours of his execution. The 41 year old was convicted in 1991 of the rape and murder of a Houston bank teller. The stay allows his lawyers to file a new petition alleging he's developmentally disabled, according to […]

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Many Resources are Available for Houstonians Dealing with Grief

Posted on · At some time in our lives, as long as we make connections with other human beings, we have to contend with grief. And the longer we live, the more of it we have to face up to. There are folks here in Houston who devote their lives to trying to assist the rest of us […]

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Funeral Museum Sees its Image Changing

Posted on · When you tell people you’re going to visit the National Museum of Funeral History, you’re bound to get at least one comment along the lines of “that sounds a bit morbid.” That’s exactly what happened last week to Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty. Michael took a tour of the museum with its president, Genevieve Keeney, who […]