Death Dialogues #3

Death Dialogues #3

Dis?honorable Deaths My call echoed in the room where my friend lay, unable to answer. He had cinched a belt around his neck and lowered himself to cut off the flow of oxygen to his brain. It may have been to see if it would intensify the sexual pleasure as he aroused...
Death Dialogues #2

Death Dialogues #2

Storyteller and psychologist Kim Bateman continues her series. The Uninvited Mourner For the last 26 years from May to October, Jack has been fishing the Truckee River in our backyard at least twice a week. He has been there in his waders in rushing spring run-off,...
Death Dialogues #1

Death Dialogues #1

Storyteller and psychologist Kim Bateman begins her series Death Dialogues with this essay. I Pledge Allegiance to the Republic of Not-Dying Hap has been wrestling with lung cancer for many years. And by wrestling, I mean more of a dance, where one is acting and...
Manifestos #3

Manifestos #3

I am writing to you from the back of an ambulance going down highway 80. My work is done. Now I can only sit here and be a witness. I am with a young (stress that part) man who feels that this life is not worth living. He is asleep, and he looks like an angel. He...
Manifestos #2

Manifestos #2

I work in a big city, miles from where I live up in the hills. It’s great! I see so many different people, and each of them is unique. I experience so much. I have seen life slip away like smoke, and humor and courage on the faces of people who are looking straight...