Monthly Archives: November 2015

Remembrances

Time is precious!

Time is precious!

I recently attended a funeral of a dear friend’s father’s memorial service. The service triggered thoughts of the mark we leave on this Planet and making the best use of our time.

Today, of all days, I am ever so grateful for 19 years of marriage to my best friend and wife, Angela!

As the new year quickly approaches, I promise to myself to grow and expand. I am pleased to report that there is no shortage of writings to publish and photos to produce for upcoming projects.

In the near future, I hope to reveal my 2 weeks of betterment as I list and report a series of talents that I will video and explain the reason for my attempts. If there is a trip, object, or some strong desire for something in your life that you are looking to attain, devise a strategy to achieve it and don’t just let it go.

Thankful in 2015!

As Thanksgiving rapidly nears, I am compelled to once again share the many gifts and blessings given to me through luck, hard work, fate, love, and friendship.

  1. I am so grateful for my wife, Angela, who makes my my life so complete and fulfilled.
  2. I am grateful for my family members (by blood and not–you know who you are), my dear friends, and my devoted readers.
  3. I am grateful to my cat of over 14 years who has taught me that you can adapt and grow–she thrives with one eye and lived on the street for years.
  4. I am grateful to my dog of 7 years who keeps me on my toes and makes me laugh daily. What a goof!
  5. I am grateful not to be running for the United States Presidential nomination.
  6. I am so grateful for the buttons labelled “Mute” and “Off” on my remotes.
  7. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of your day–thank you!
  8. I am just grateful!

Please feel free to respond to this post or share with others, if you find something worth sharing! Happy Thanksgiving!

What a year!

What a year!

Making Choices

Some bridges are best left alone.

Some bridges are best left alone.

Maybe just maybe it’s time to turn off the news, or at least mute it. Let’s stop worrying about the parts of our lives that we can’t possibly change. There is that rare morsel of inspiration, a nugget of knowledge or a touching personal story that we connect with, but those moments are getting fewer and fewer. Not to sound cranky but I’ve had it with the news-time barrage of drug commercials and the fascinating narrative of side effects to watch for.

Add on the tragedies, issues, crimes, and injustices around the globe that may or may not have direct impact on us personally. The inundation of messages can become overwhelming. Should I really care that a coffee chain is using a blank red cup without a holiday message? We create controversy where there is none and where it isn’t needed. Let’s keep our eyes on the magicians and not the dazzle of the people who misdirect us elsewhere.

The carnival barker with the loudest voice and the most shocking tidbits to say aren’t always the brightest, kindest most meaningful, or pertinent. Speaking to hear your own voice, unless you are doing speech therapy, is strictly noise.

If you are dealing with Parkinson’s disease or any illness, you know as I do that our personal energy is precious, unpredictable, and can come and go without notice. I’m of the belief that it is crucial to weed out unnecessary distractions that drain us, derail us, or add to our worry. Next time you hear a controversy, ask yourself is this really another concern to add to the pile, or one that I can ignore?

Bond Is Back and Parkinson’s Is Still Here

Held in Bondage

Held in Bondage

Today, the newest James Bond blockbuster, SPECTRE, is released in the United States! The Bond films are now over 50 years old, just like the gold standard Parkinson’s drug, L-Dopa. The movie cost over $300 million and made $80 million in a record breaking weekend in the United Kingdom.

I am and have always been a huge Bond fan so don’t get me wrong. I am wondering why and how we can devote so much capital, time, and labor into the entertainment and sports industries and see so much innovation within those industries but see such little innovation within medical breakthroughs?

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