UNDELIVERED LETTERS SHED LIGHT ON 17TH CENTURY LIFE

by Maev Kennedy, curated from The Guardian Thousands of pieces of correspondence, many still unopened, were stored away by Dutch postmaster and are now being examined by academics. An appeal for help from a desperate woman has been opened and read more than 300 years after the man it was sent to refused to accept…

WHAT MY MOTHER WANTED US TO PACK

by Julie Schumacher, curated from NY Times After our mother died last year at age 91, my four sisters and I gathered to clear out her apartment. We didn’t imagine the work would be onerous, since our mother — a modest, orderly person determined never to be a burden to her kids — had consciously downsized…

THE DANGERS OF BEING ALCOHOL-FREE

New Zealand Herald Being alcohol-free, or a ‘teetotaller’ won’t just raise your risk of dementia, it’s been linked to several other diseases, too. Indeed, one consistent scientific finding which particularly galls abstainers is the fact that they tend to die sooner than drinkers. A study of nearly 2,000 people at the University of Texas in…

OBITUARIES KEEP REQUESTING LOVED ONES NOT VOTE FOR HILLARY

By Morgan Chalfant An Arkansas man has requested in his obituary that loved ones do not vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, making him at least the third individual to do so since Clinton launched her campaign in April. The obituary for Richard Buckman of Beebe, Ark., reads, “In lieu of flowers, please…

5 GOOD REASONS TO WRITE YOUR OWN OBITUARY

By Alan Gelb Why, one might ask, would anyone want to write his or her own obituary? Out of sheer narcissism? Utter morbidity? An insatiable desire to control things? Any or all of those motivations may be at work, but, to put a more positive spin on things, the act of writing one’s own obituary…

DID AUNT ROSIE JUST DISAPPEAR BEHIND A PAYWALL?

By Keith Stride for Memorial Post Anyone living in Winnipeg Canada will tell you about how their city’s main newspaper, the Winnipeg Free Press, is now anything but free. Like many other newspapers struggling to survive in the new digital economy the WFP now requires readers to pay a fee anytime they view an article…