Category Archives: longevity

forgot to die

About a month ago, the New York Times ran an article on Ikaria, calling it the “island where people forgot to die.” Several people, who’ve read about Winnie or about The Roots of the Olive Tree emailed me the article … Continue reading

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Goodbyes

The day after my dog died, I went to my great-grandmother’s funeral. I accept your sad face and your hug. In return I give you this. Go ahead check it out, laugh a little and then come back. What I … Continue reading

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Intimate and Intimidating

The tour for Roots of the Olive Tree kicked off on Tuesday in Memphis. I had one of those once-in-a-lifetime days where you feel as if you’ve hit every traffic light green and that there’s never a line. The audience … Continue reading

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Cheating death

Ages ago, before I ever started writing Roots of The Olive Tree, I read an article in National Geographic about a specific species of jellyfish (turritopsis nutricula) who cheat death–and in some way achieve a measure of immortality. What interested … Continue reading

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Foolproof Wishes

By the end of grade school, every child understands the danger of genies. Sure, they grant wishes, but there are inevitably unforseen consequences. You wish to be wealthy and your mother dies–leaving you a healthy insurance policy, wish for world … Continue reading

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