What in the world is Daniel doing now? An answer from Rennie Quinn.
A few weeks ago, after a cardiology appointment, Daniel said to me, "I don't want to be kept alive just so I can get to age 90." "Of course not," I said, and he sighed with relief. Little did I know that that choice would have to be made so soon.
But this week, after days in the hospital with aspiration pneumonia plus scads of consultation with doctors in one specialty after another, the choice was clear. Enough!
So Daniel is now in residence at Houston Hospice - "the best in the city" - according to everybody who knows anything about such places. It's a wonderful old mansion that has been adapted into a warm, welcoming place where whole families, including pets, are welcome.
It's here, in a large room with a high ceiling and a wall of windows overlooking trees and a lush green courtyard, that Daniel is entering the "fire of life" that he describes in the epilogue to Providence: the Story of a FIfty-Year Vision Quest.
Ishmael disappeared from the scene abruptly at the end of his story, leaving many readers in tears. Daniel wants no tears. As he wrote in Providence, "To each is given its moment in the blaze, its spark to be surrendered to another when it is sent, so that the blaze may go on."
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