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Grandma's Porch

Grandma's Porch
by Dr. Jeff Spiess
I remember the photographs in black & white, or maybe that is the nostalgia of the memories themselves. 

What a world, what a world!

What a world, what a world!
by Dr. Jeff Spiess

At the climax of the movie,we barely notice the witch's cry of desperation, so relieved are we at Dorothy's safety...

Dianne Feinstein and Jimmy Carter

Dianne Feinstein and Jimmy Carter
by Dr. Jeff Spiess

Dianne Feinstein and Jimmy Carter: illustrations of sound end-of-life choices.

Heights

Heights
by Dr. Jeff Spiess
What is it about high places that both lures and frightens us?

Not How I Imagined It

Not How I Imagined It
by Dr. Jeff Spiess

Maybe not how I imagined it, but then, what is?

Faces of God in Cambodia

Faces of God in Cambodia
by Dr. Jeff Spiess
They were two faces, two very different individuals, both, I would think, also different from me, yet in that moment I got a glimpse of the fact that there is a spark of the divine in each one of us.

Serenity

Serenity
by Dr. Jeff Spiess
This photograph is my image serenity, but I was not feeling serene when it was taken.

Best Question

Best Question
by Dr. Jeff Spiess

I was surprised by his unexpected question, though it was the best one anyone asked me.

Nobody's Child

Nobody's Child
by Dr. Jeff Spiess

My mother once said that no matter how old you are when both your parents are dead, you become an orphan. That is me now.

Room In the Inn

Room In the Inn
by Dr. Jeff Spiess
They had room for us in the inn; we used our Hilton points to pay for it!

Gratitude

Gratitude
by Dr. Jeff Spiess
I have never been very good at gratitude; this is perhaps odd for a guy who was born on Thanksgiving Day.

Halloween

Halloween
by Dr. Jeff Spiess

Costumed children, decorated houses, parties and candy, and getting frightened out of our wits; why do we like it so much?

The Old Ball Game

The Old Ball Game
by Dr. Jeff Spiess
Do you get just a little choked up when you sing Take Me Out to the Ball Game? What is that about?

Ukraine & Things Worse than Death

Ukraine & Things Worse than Death
by Dr. Jeff Spiess

As the personal stories of Ukrainian resolve demonstrate, there are things worse than death.

Palliative Care and Structure to the "Or"

Palliative Care and Structure to the "Or"
by Dr. Jeff Spiess

If you are being asked to make a potentially life or death decision for someone you love, how can you do that without understanding the choices?

Jesus Wept

Jesus Wept
by Dr. Jeff Spiess

Jesus wept; this is the shortest verse in the Bible, but we often miss its significance.

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead
by Dr. Jeff Spiess

We sing along with the Munchkins as they celebrate their liberation: Ding dong, the witch is dead! But what exactly are we cheering for?

My Debt to Dr. Eric Cassell

My Debt to Dr. Eric Cassell
by Dr. Jeff Spiess

Last week I learned of the death of a giant; the more the health care system pays attention to what he had to say, the better we all will be.

Proven Effective Spirituality: In 12 Simple Steps

Proven Effective Spirituality: In 12 Simple Steps
by Dr. Jeff Spiess
How do you know if your beliefs are right, if your religion is correct, if your spirituality is healthy? The simple answer is, “does it work?”

Religion Healthy Enough to Die With

Religion Healthy Enough to Die With
by Dr. Jeff Spiess

These characteristics of healthy and unhealthy religion clearly fit when it comes to peace at the end of life.