Saturday, February 24, 2018

Amy Purdy: Living beyond limits | TED Talk

Amy Purdy: Living beyond limits | TED Talk

When she was 19, Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee. And now ... she's a pro snowboarder (and was a killer competitor on "Dancing with the Stars"!). In this powerful TED talk, she shows us how to draw inspiration from life's obstacles.

BREAKING: Hungary Wins First Ever Winter Olympics Gold in Men's 5,000m Relay | Hungary Today

BREAKING: Hungary Wins First Ever Winter Olympics Gold in Men's 5,000m Relay | Hungary Today

Hungary’s most recent medal in the history of the Winter Olympics happed 38 years ago, in 1980 at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics, where Krisztina Regőczy and András Sallay ice dancers won silver medal. 

Moral of the story:  If you stick with something, you will succeed, though it may take many years.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Comeback Camp

The Comeback Camp

Helps kids whose families are facing cancer.....

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

GUTS, by Janet Buttenwieser. Book review

A recent NPR program profiled the inherent and little-known dangers of medical devices. Medical devices? Those are inert, benign, surely knee implants and the like can't hurt us? And yet they do. The cobalt in implants destroys human tissue. Mesh implants shred tissue. On and on it goes. Who knew? Patient beware. It reminded me of what a precarious transaction it is when we go to a physician for a "diagnosis." If you have a great medical team behind you, you should be grateful every day, and tell them once in a while, too.

 Here, in GUTS, the author is diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, but later finds out that is inaccurate: she has a tumor. She chronicles her subsequent surgery, complications, and other loss along the way -- so much suffering down here on planet earth. A brave, yes, gutsy soul, the author fights back against the darkness in the universe by making a comeback through triathlon, of all things, and then goes on to adopt two children. Janet Buttenwieser is an adept at keeping the reader hooked, turning the page. The style is direct, conversational, clear-eyed, and unsentimental. The author wants you to know she is not religious, it is what it is, so to speak, and not otherwise.

 The message here is that we survive, we surmount difficulties, that's what humans do. And yes, it hurts. You will find this hard to put down. A compelling read.

 Excerpt: A year before, when she’d called after my triathlon to tell me the cancer had come back, she’d laughed on the phone as I told her about the teenage girl I’d met early on the run course, the one who’d lost thirty pounds over the summer. After a few minutes of running together, I told Beth, the girl slowed down, telling me to go ahead. When I saw her again at the final water stop, she was limping, barely running. She told me her ankle hurt. “Maybe you should walk,” I said. “No,” she said, picking up her pace. “I trained all summer. I am running this whole fucking race.” ...... 

 Beth’s death from cancer had been sudden, a fact that still shocked me months later. She’d gone from the Swiss Alps to hospice care in the space of a week. The end came too quickly for all of us. Except Beth, of course. Surely she wanted that last stretch to be as short as possible: the pain, the struggle to speak, to move her limbs, to breathe. Maybe she even brought on her own swift ending by force of will. I can imagine her internal conversation, punctuated with a final, triumphant line. I am running this whole fucking race.

At Amazon.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Apres moi, le deluge, so many cultural icons notch their EXTRAORDINARY COMEdowns

After Weinstein: 45 Men Accused of Sexual Misconduct and Their Fall From Power - The New York Times

A breathtaking pageant, that continues to play out day by day.

Including now this female Congressional candidate, brought down, like many by charges only, nothing proved;  has society gone too far?

It is a veritable opera of human nature.  Every character has its time on the stage.

Some confess their crimes, others maintain their innocence. 

Others offer their advice on dressing modestly, and as that is not Politically Correct, are castigated on the Internet for venturing to make such (modest) proclamations.

Some are disingenuous and wish to have it both ways, as in, 'yes I had an affair, but I was a mere 24 years old, and, my partner was rich and powerful, and now it seems the thing to do is to renounce it, so I am, etc. etc. etc....."

Recalls the line:  full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Bottom line:  Overall, sociologically, The Great Purge is a positive, yes, and long overdue.  The weaker should be protected against the stronger.

Please don't ask how can women be "weaker" if the sexes are, in fact, equal, as per Feminism?  If you do, you are probably the type who would say the emperor has no clothes, and for that impudence, you would deserve to be incarcerated.  That is a sexist statement, of course, and again, not Politically Correct.  The main thing is to be Politically Correct.  No force on earth can resist an Idea Whose Time Has Come.

Friday, December 15, 2017