A Year in the Death 4/1/21

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This Sunday, America’s 205 million Christians will celebrate Easter, a holiday that commemorates Christ’s supposed resurrection from the dead. As an atheist, I don’t believe in the Christian resurrection story. …


A Year In the Death 3/29/21

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Exactly one week ago this afternoon I stopped by my local King Soopers to pick up a few things after my swim workout at Lifetime Fitness.

In a matter of minutes, I had chosen my fruit, crab, and milk, said hello to a number…


A Year in the Death 3/10/21

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When I began this series back on January 1, I knew it would be impossible for me to post an article everyday. What I didn’t realize was just how difficult it would be simply to reflect on death everyday.

But I hadn’t counted on…


A Year in the Death 2/23/21

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My vehicle battery died this morning.

I was in the parking lot at our veterinarian’s office in Boulder and left the radio and heat on during our 10-year-old Golden Retriever Athena’s acupuncture treatment. I did so because I had our nine-year-old Golden (Apollo) with…


A Year in the Death 2/22/21

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Although it is often attributed incorrectly to Mark Twain, it was the legendary lawyer Clarence Darrow who once observed:

“I’ve never killed a man. But I’ve read a number of obituaries with great pleasure.”

I thought of this famous quote immediately upon hearing about…


A Year in the Death 2/1/21

Me and Dad at the finish line of the 2014 Clearwater, FL Marathon

“I think this is it,” my sister said softly through her tears.

It was Sunday, January 28, 2018, and I was standing outside of the Hangout in Gulf Shores, AL watching the waves crash onto the beach. I had just finished running The Big…


A Year in the Death 1/28/21

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Here, in the home of the brave
And the land of the free
The first word that baby learns is “more”…

It’s a nation of noses pressed up against the glass
They’ve seen it on the TV
And they want it pretty fast

You…


A Year in the Death 1/26/21

Megan undergoing day three of her chemo treatments

“Megan has cancer.”

I could barely make out my wife’s words over the telephone because she was trying to form them while simultaneously crying, gasping for breath, and literally howling in sorrow. Never before had I experienced such powerful emotions in Kathy. And I hope I never will again.

The…


A Year in the Death 1/22/21

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I had planned to publish this on Friday, January 8 — only two days after Part 1. But as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, my computer died that day. So, I’m just posting it today. …


A Year in the Death 1/21/21

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This is my first post in two weeks. And while I hadn’t planned on sharing every daily contemplation during this year-long series on death, I certainly hadn’t planned on this long of a break either. But I didn’t have a choice.

On the morning…

David D. Knapp, Ph.D.

President of Marathon Leadership, LLC — an organizational and leadership consulting firm based in Thornton, CO. Learn more at http://marathonleadership.com/

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