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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: THINKaha (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616990023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616990022
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,659,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"`#DEATHtweet' is haiku-like, plumbing great depths with few words. It captures the Zen essence of life and death with rare clarity. It is a shining jewel." --Suzanne Friedman D.M.Q., Author of `Heal Yourself with Qigong - Gentle Practices to Increase Energy, Restore Health, and Relax the Mind'

"Tim opens his heart as a hospice volunteer at Laguna Honda Hospital. Through `#DEATHtweet,' he shares his heart with the world." --Mivic Hirose, Executive Administrator, Laguna Honda Hospital, San Francisco

"`#DEATHtweet'--When I listen to another make sense of the wounded body, we both engage in an opportunity for healing and wholeness." --The Rev. Will Hocker, Executive Director, Soujourn Chaplaincy at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

"Often we forget the importance of experiencing our lives. `#DEATHtweet' is a poetic reminder of life's tremendous meaning in and beyond the workplace." --David Houston, Editor-in-Chief, Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal

"These gems open the mind and heart with timeless wisdom. Whatever your concepts about death, savor this generous approach to being alive now." --Roxanne Howe-Murphy, Author of `Deep Coaching'

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"Extricating us from our daily vise of demands and chaos, '#DEATHtweet Book01' gives us the freedom to breathe deeply not only the life we live but the life we are capable of living."
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Timothy Tosta is a cancer survivor, a seasoned hospice volunteer, and executive coach to the legal and business communities. He also is recognized as one of California's leading land use and environmental attorneys. Tim is the author of #DEATHtweet Book01: A Well-Lived Life Through 140 Perspectives on Death and Its Teachings and #DEATHtweet Book02:140 Perspectives on Being a Supportive Witness to the End of Life. He is a regular contributor to the Daily Journal, California's leading daily legal newspaper, and a frequent lecturer to legal and business gatherings on topics of human potential, fulfilled living, and conscious dying, as well as planning, development, sustainability, and the environment.

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By Ida on March 27, 2012
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Tim says that while you are dying, there always are huge expanses of living available to you. Apply that (and everything else in this book) every day, not just near at the end of your or someone else's life. Then read this book again when you lose your balance.
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Tim Tosta's oddly named and quirkily formatted little books are strangely appropriate reading for the dying and their caregivers. The short and pithy entries--140 in all in each book--are exactly what the exhausted, the overwhelmed or the very ill can manage in the sometimes very brief moments available for comfort and contemplation.

Bill and I both like these books. Tim has faced death often, both in his personal life and as a long time hospice volunteer. He has moved through whatever fear or repugnance he might have had vis-à-vis death to a spacious acceptance of dying, death and grieving. This enables him to be a compassionate guide to the dying and to their caregivers as well.

#Death Tweet 01 explores five lessons or tasks that arise on the road to death: accepting and living with change, surrendering control, abandoning old stories and perceptions that no longer serve us, discovering meaning, and affirming relationships. He makes the important point that it is never too late to find meaning and fulfillment in life. #Death Tweet 01 is appropriate for both the caregiver and for the dying.

#Death Tweet 02 focuses on the caregiver. Tim uses the metaphors of the hero's journey and of the witness to describe the caregiver's task. He discusses the development of the qualities of empathy, compassion and kindness. The caregiver's task as a loved one approaches death and at the time of death is less one of doing and more about being. The best we can do at this time is to be open, listen and, to the best of our ability, create the psychological and emotional space for the dying to do whatever they need to do now.
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By Suzan on November 7, 2011
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Another wonderful book by Tim Tosta. Here is a compilation of thoughts from a first hand observer of dying. I trust Tim's view of each selected perspective on death. I know they were chosen and heard with an open mind and heart from his personal experience.
By coincidence (?) I met Tim on a flight from Louisiana to California where we both live. I didn't know at the time I would call to ask for help with a friend, a year later, who was dying.
My 21 year old thinks Tim's books are of value, too.
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If there is something like Haiku for Twitter, this is it. As one of my friends has noted, youth is a disease for which a cure comes quickly. We all age and we all recognize that life, with its endless illusions of immortality and power, doesn't continue forever. There will be a day of reckoning and only the most obtuse pay no attention to it. We can live a good life because we fear eternal damnation, or because we recognize that a truly good life has its own rewards. But how do we internalize the structures that provide the serenity that understanding brings as we approach death? Tim's tweats seem to go the heart of finding an ironic way: using the tools of a Twittering youth to carry us beyond the superficialities of youth.
While many of the tweats at first seem obvious --- essentially the golden rule --- they become far more meaningful in a context, or narrative, as Tim describes it. I think, however, that the fundamental framework remains one of death: our lives have meaning only because there is a finite aspect to it. We aren't unlimited souls with unlimited power. We make do with the tools we have --- and the most important tools remain our abilities to think and feel. Tim has expressed those concepts in a poetic way. Frameworks: Conflict in Balance Super-Aging: The Moral Dangers of Seeking Immortality
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By Jordan Gruber on April 28, 2010
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Timothy Tosta's "#Death Tweet"is a short and different kind of book. Subtitled "A Well-Lived Life through 140 Perspectives," the author is an attorney who became involved in hospice work after making it through his own life-threatening illness. Tosta's advice is simple, and fits into the format of a tweet, that is, 140 characters or less. Fortunately, brevity is the soul of wit, and Tosta shows his soul through and through as he gives advice that comes from the heart and that is applicable in many situations. It's a real tweet to read.
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