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    • Cathy Speck

      Columnist, Photographer
    • May 25, 2013 in Columnists

    Hello again my lovelies!

    I am sharing a slightly edited version of my unscripted, unrehearsed, no notes or cue cards, speaking engagement at the class, “The Psychology of Death and Dying,” at Sacramento City College  on April 29, 2013. I think the class could equally be called “The Psychology of Life and Living,” but that doesn’t sound as intriguing as the death title.

    I took this same class in 1986 when I wanted to be dead. My experience in the class ended up helping me save my own life. How ironic! Or is it simply letting life unfold without forcing change?

    The video is almost 60 minutes long. You can watch it by clicking on the URL below or by going to YouTube. The best parts are the first 15 minutes and the last 15 minutes. If you watch it to the very end, be careful cuz about one minute before the song ends, it gets a little crackly, but be patient and it will work for you.

    The whole video is a mix of laughter, empathy, compassion, sadness and letting go. It’s intense, but if you have an hour to watch it uninterrupted, I think you’ll feel as if your soul has been touched.

    I’m simply “telling my story”  and sometimes  I speak very quickly when I’m making a joke… so pay attention — you’ll be quizzed a week from… never. You will also notice that I wiggle around when I’m speaking. This is intentional — if I don’t keep moving to keep blood circulating in my legs, they get so stiff that I can barely walk after I stand up from the chair.

    Here’s the video:  http://youtu.be/pHUz_UuS-Vk     

    Share it If you want to — it’s all about love …








    • Cathy, I had the honor of seeing your presentation last year… it was riveting. Your story is so amazing and bittersweet. Listening to it changed me.

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