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There are so many good nuggets in here. And so much to learn from both death and plant medicine settings. Looking forward to digging into your lessons as a designer at the edge of life.

(Thanks for sharing this tweet—and Di for flagging. I'm glad this little reminder in the form of a book highlight has been a little signal in the dark to others too. <3 Amanda Palmer)

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Thanks for posting it! Sorry it has to be an image these days and not a straight link back to you (thanks Elon).

I hope you enjoy more nuggets! I like to find them :)

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Jul 6, 2023Liked by Ivor Williams

It was also a nice small world moment for Melanie and me since we had briefly exchanged emails about design and end of life work, so it was a delight to see her tweet here and come full circle!

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No worries at all— just delighted to see it. (We're subject to an unruly digital despot who doesn't like to play nice in the cross-platform sandbox. Le sigh.)

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Thanks, Ivor! I'm feeling you on the "awareness and acceptance as big themes at the moment". I'm currently reading Ernest Becker's Denial of Death with a Morbid Anatomy reading group, so this hits different.

Also, I love the last thought you shared. How poignant. I'm reminded of so many Buddhist teachings that gently encourage us to lean into our brokenheartedness, that refusing to harden our heart is a radical act.

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Excellent, that's (perhaps obviously) a key text for me. I would chase it with Irvin Yalom's Staring at the Sun or The Worm at the Core by Sheldon Solomon et al...

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Lovely, thank you for the recommendations! I'm feeling drawn to Worm at the Core next ever since reading about Becker's "gods who shit" 😆

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