Have you done something for someone else, today?
Have you done something to make you smile, today?
Did you learn something new, today?
Did you see something brand new to you, today?
Did you share some knowledge with others, today?
Were you kind to yourself, today?
Be kind to the Planet and it’s creatures, today and everyday. Here is something that I wrote awhile ago but never shared. Feel free to pass it on to others:
A Prayer for the Planet
May those living in fear, sadness, and pain be relieved of their continuous agony.
May the voiceless children and animals of this planet be heard and helped.
May the environment be aided, cleansed and respected.
May violent abusers, bullies, hate mongers, and racists be enlightened of their wrongful nature.
May we salvage sanity, compassion, and love.
May clean air, water and food be free of pollution.
May mankind invest in cleaner energy solutions.
May government do its duty in serving its people.
May we endeavor to cure the ills.
May kindness be more valuable than money.
May war be stricken from the planet.
May we accept others unlike ourselves.
May we have the strength, determination and character to make just one of these changes.
Writing and Photo by Karl Robb
Copyright 2016 Karl Robb
My friends at NWPF in Seattle mentioned my friends at PVP in Dallas: Read all about it: https://nwpf.org/stay-informed/news/2016/04/speech-therapy-program-helps-parkinson%E2%80%99s-patients-regain-speaking-ability/
Checkout the artistic innovators at http://www.forgingresilience.org and assist them in creating art for the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon this September 20-23, 2016.
Provide them with a photo and/or a quote for their art installation. A tree of resilience with thousands of leaves with each leaf representing a quote or photo. It will be on view. Share your story and be represented on the tree (see photo on their site) by providing your information by Friday, April 22. If you or someone you know is touched by Parkinson’s disease, please let them know about this project.
Visit their website for details about how you can be part of this event – http://www.forgingresilience.org
Join me and my wife and carepartner, Angela, for a Q & A as we talk about our views on Parkinson’s disease. We are excited about this opportunity and encourage you to join us at 11 AM EDT on April 19th. Just click the link below to see how to enter our talk. We hope that you can join us!
Today, I offer you a gift of beauty-the red tulip and adopted symbolic icon for Parkinson’s Disease. In honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, James Parkinson’s birthday, and to all those facing Parkinson’s both directly and indirectly, I hope you enjoy viewing these pieces of tulip art that I share:
If you didn’t know, April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month!
Also, if you didn’t know, in September, the World Parkinson Congress 2016 (WPC) meets in Portland, Oregon where thousands of people with the illness, doctors, researchers, authors, and other experts in their fields will convene to meet and discuss what is new in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. If you haven’t looked into going, I would highly recommend that you do. This will be my third WPC event. For more information on the event, visit WPC2016.org
If you travel at all or live by water, you know the dependence upon bridges. For the uninitiated, high and long bridges can be intimidating and even frightening. In my usual way, I am speaking both metaphorically and literally. When we speak of bridges and we speak of waiting until we get to them to cross.
Maybe, some bridges take preparation before crossing. Some bridges may need to be avoided. Taking the long way can be inconvenient, but avoiding a safety concern or detour may be the best decision.
Keeping our options open and exploring for new and different bridges just might offer access to something brand new to us. At the very least, knowing some of our options prior to making a split-second decision could be helpful.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) remains a mystery to science almost as much as it does to the public. This illness impacts each and every patient in a unique and solitary way. Enter a room full of Parkinson’s patients and there is little chance of finding two who share the exact same symptoms nor the same drug regimen.
Determining the cause for one patient may unlock answers for one flavor of the disease. It may very well be that PD is more than one illness encased in a bubble labelled, “Parkinson’s”.
The complexities that surround the brain are revealing that what was once thought to be strictly a brain disorder may very well encompass a whole host of other systems, such as the digestion system, autonomic nervous system, and others. In short, it appears that it is all connected.
If it is all connected, one could easily make the leap that what we hear, see, smell, and eat all have influence on our mind, our body, as well as our spirit. Slowly, but surely, scientists and researchers are starting take a promising holistic approach to unravelling this devious and menacing illness.
The late best-selling author and motivational speaker, Dr. Wayne Dyer used to say:
‘When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.’
I believe this to be applicable to PD. This illness very well may require a new model and a fresh perspective in how we perceive this disease and how we break it down.