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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: THINKaha (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616990023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616990022
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,473,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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A friend of mine had encouraged me to read this book, and quite frankly, I did not know how to approach or process a topic like this. I could not reconcile how a book inspired from experiences shared with people who were dying was going to inspire me to live. Like most people I am sure, I have had a preconceived notion of the thought of death and being surrounded by death as being a morose and dismal experience. Despite my hesitations, however, I moved forward with the book because I was enticed by the brevity of the entries and intrigued by my friend's suggestion. I envisioned that the book would provide me with a "daily dose of inspiration," and in these uncertain times, I am keeping my inspiration receptors open to any and all possibilities. After reading the first few "tweets," I was hooked. Mr. Tosta has a mesmerizing and comforting style to his writing. At my first sitting, I anticipated reading one or two and by the 20th "tweet," I was struggling to balance an insatiable hunger and over consumption.

Over the next few days, I read a number of "tweets" a day and I looked forward to that time of gaining insight into Mr. Tosta's unique and yet shared understanding of life. Initially I thought I would record a few of my favorite "tweets" so that I could continuously look to them for inspiration. What was telling and inspiring, though, was that I found myself jotting down more than half of them as having some significance for me and my life. I found myself continuously surprised that a message so brief could have such a profound impact on my thought process. I finished this book feeling both sated and wanting. Reading this was truly a unique and remarkable experience, and I feel thankful for my friend who recommended this book to me.
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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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