Oliver Sacks: My Periodic Table
Although this links to a newspaper article, I chose to place this in this category since he is also a notable author. The title is a compelling metaphor for anyone's life.
Kittens, sometimes we run across something that is so beautifully written, that it begs to be shared. No matter your beliefs, or your life experiences, this NYT Opinion written by Dr. Oliver Sacks, the celebrated neurologist, upon pondering his mortality in the wake of the most definitive diagnosis of terminal cancer, is such a moving personal story, with his thoughts and observations about one's place in the Universe, one's journey through the River of Time. His life has made a substantial difference for so many people.
I put it here simply to share, for those of you who ponder the meaning of life, and consider what matters the most. The comments from the readers of the New York Times are written with such depth of feeling and insight that I cannot begin to come close to add anything more moving. The article and the comments are like a treasure chest of introspection on the most difficult of topics—mortality. His writing here is close to perfection, and it makes me immediately want to seek out his books.