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Hollywood's Near Death Experiences

There are many famous people in Hollywood who have had near death experiences. Most of them describe a white light, some of them hear a voice saying something along the lines of "it's not your time, you must go back". One thing they all have in common was their intense desire to go to the presence that was denying them. Some famous Hollywood celebrities have had these experiences more[...]

Shoes on the Danube Promenade

To the unsuspecting tourist, many pairs of shoes along the banks of the Danube River in Budapest, may seem like an unusual and unlikely sight. That is until you notice that the shoes are cast iron and fastened to the ground. It will soon become obvious that the shoes are part of a sculpture which serves as a grim reminder of a dark moment in Hungary's history.The sculpture is called The[...]

The Paradox of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Funeral

Martin Luther King, Jr. presented a paradox to the existing political establishment both in life and in death. He had what amounted to a state funeral, for a private citizen. Hundreds of national politicians came to pay tribute to a man that actively protested against his country's military and[...]

The Dash Poem by Linda Ellis

Linda Ellis, wrote the poem The Dash in an afternoon, and it changed her life forever. The poem is based on the simple idea of how we view a tombstone, an obituary or death notice. We make note of the year that the person was born and the year they died, which really say nothing, when it's more about what's between those dates, the dash, which represent the years of that person's life.[...]

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep

Mary Frye wrote this poem in 1932. She had never written poetry before but was moved by the plight of a young German Jewish woman, Margaret Schwarzkopf who was living with her at the time in Baltimore, U.S. She wrote the poem on a brown paper bag. Margaret had been concerned about her mother, who was ill in Germany, but she was warned not to return home because of the growing[...]

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