Author Archives: Debra L. Stang (Blog Writer, SevenPonds)

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”

- William Shakespeare
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Book Review: “A Shining Season” by William Buchanan

A cancer-stricken athlete makes the most of the time he has left

In “A Shining Season: The True Story of John Baker,” William Buchanan tells the story of what appears to be an overwhelming defeat turned into a triumph that no one could have predicted. In 1969, there were only a handful … Continue reading

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How Does “You’re Going to Die” Facilitate Talking About Death?

An interview with Ned Buskirk, Part Two

Today SevenPonds concludes its interview with Ned Buskirk of the program You’re Going to Die, also known as YG2D. Ned is an entrepreneur, educator and producer who lives and works in San Francisco, California.  Debra: Do you find that terminally … Continue reading

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What Is “You’re Going to Die”?

An interview with the movement's founder, Ned Buskirk, Part One

Ned Buskirk is a writer, creator, educator and producer who lives and works in San Francisco, California. His most recent and most ambitious project to date is You’re Going to Die, (YG2D) a creative movement that brings people together at … Continue reading

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The Mystery and Magic of Haitian Vodou Funeral Rites

Ensuring the survival of the spirit

According to The Guardian, Haitians have a saying that Haiti is 70 percent Catholic, 30 percent Protestant, and 100 percent Vodou. Vodou, or Voodoo as many call it, is a combination of Catholicism, other forms of Christianity, several African religions … Continue reading

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“Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” from “Les Miserables”

A young man mourns his friends killed during a revolution

“Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” is a song from the musical “Les Miserables” based on the book of the same title by Victor Hugo. In the show, one of the characters, Marius, has joined a student revolution to try to … Continue reading

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