A lot of people liked "Keeping Death in Mind" - lots of emails, tweets, comments, and feedback.
This comment in particular seemed to deserve its own post to make sure you saw it. Bold added by me:
Getting hit like that is an experience indeed. I almost pity people who haven’t had any serious accident, it’s that live changing.
It certainly changed my perspective and, over time, made me less afraid. I’ve realised how safe we (living in the west) all are. This is safest era in history and yet people have never been so afraid.
Fear is the bane of modern western culture.
Great comment by Tom. His site is Geschiedenis Amsterdam, which is about the history of Amsterdam. Written in Dutch - it looks like good stuff, though a tiny bit of the flavor is lost when reading through Google Translate. I'll follow his site some though, even using Translate - Dutch history has some pretty interesting times, especially the Dutch Golden Age.
Thanks for the comment, Tom. Really good stuff.