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Catastrophic Stroke: Two Tales, Similar Outcomes

My brother-in-law Randy suffered a catastrophic stroke about a month ago.  Steve Sebby had his stroke in January 2015.  Randy is about my age, Steve is in his thirties.  What strikes me most about their stories is the similarities. What amazes me is the differences. Both men woke up feeling off.  Steve felt “completely dizzy.” Randy felt disoriented and like he laid on his arm wrong, because it felt like it was asleep.  Brittany, Steve’s wife, and Vickie, Randy’s wife, were ready for work and about to leave the house. Brittany called an ambulance, Vickie took Randy to the hospital; getting…

Doreen McGettigan: The Stranger in My Recliner

You might remember Doreen from my post about her first book, Bristol Boyz Stomp. She’s a great friend and a caretaker by nature. A question from her second book The Stranger in My Recliner, “What would you do?” prompts me almost daily to think about the Good Samaritan.  To Doreen, it’s not just a story, it’s a way of life. Doreen was in the middle of writing Bristol Boyz Stomp when her husband brought Sophie home one rainy night.  Dirty, hungry, and cold from living behind the local McDonald’s, the homeless woman frightened Doreen.  Should she lock up what little valuables she…

Gratitude Monday: Blessed Exhaustion

It’s gratitude Monday, and I’m so fatigues, a little discouraged, and I feel so behind, Instead, i’ll take some time to count my blessing. A strong grandson, Mr. B, who helped CoCo get moved into her apartment.  I’m pretty sure, Love-One and I could not have carried the couch and the mattress up those stairs.  Okay, maybe we could have, but I am so grateful, I didn’t need to do any of the heavy lifting. Love-One’s Fitbit proclaimed that he climbed 57 flight of stairs, mine 26. Doreen McGettigan and her incredible journey with Sophie.  More on Doreen, author of…

STEM Tuesday: THE GENE and sexual identity

I hope you waited patiently for Part 2  of of my take on  NPR’s “Fresh Air.”  Siddhartha Mukhera won the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-fiction for The Emperor of all Maladies:  A Biography of Cancer in 2011.  He’s like the Carl Sagan of medicine.  He explains things in a way that both simplifies and enthrall.  Part 1 is here.  STEM Tuesday: GENE by Siddhartha Mukherjee A quick recap about Siddhartha:  He’s an oncologist and a cancer researcher.  He has a PhD from Stanford University of Oxford where he studied cancer-causing viruses and he’s a graduate of Harvard Medical School.  Siddhartha works on discovering new treatments for cancer using innovative biological methods. “Fresh…

Photo Friday:  Changing perspectives

I got my final chapter back into bed – Again.  Whew!  I hope that insolent child stays where she belongs.   Next adventure is two pronged:  enter writing contests and seek out publishing opportunities.   CoCo got an apartment, which means I will have an empty nest, but feathered nest. An exciting and a scary embankment all at the same time. I took some photos of my verbinum.  It’s beautiful this year.  The cooler spring and abundant water was just what she craved.  Look at what I saw up close: I thought her blossoms were just white, maybe a little…

Get back in bed, you insolent child

In Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird she tells us that after we think we’ve tucked our story into bed, it will jump out and demand a drink of water or one last before bedtime song.  Those aren’t her words. They’re my interpretation of her words. Guess what?  Today the last chapter of my novel came tiptoeing over and demanded a re-write.  Helping to push her out of bed were two readers who said, “Oh, that was quick.  I tried to turn the page and read more, and it was over.” Again, my interpretation. So, final chapter, you win.  One more try before…

STEM Tuesday: GENE by Siddhartha Mukherjee

I heard this on NPR’s “Fresh Air.”  Actually, I heard bits of it on two separate trips. It’s one of those broadcasts that fascinated me so, I had to find it on the internet and listen again.

Siddhartha won the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-fiction for The Emperor of all Maladies:  A Biography of Cancer in 2011.  He’s like the Carl Sagan of medicine.  He explains things in a way that both simplifies and enthralls.

First a little biography on Siddhartha:  He’s an oncologist and a cancer researcher.  He has a PhD from Stanford University of Oxford where he studied cancer-causing viruses and he’s a graduate of Harvard Medical School.  Siddhartha works on discovering new treatments for cancer using innovative biological methods.

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“Fresh Air” talked to him about his new book The Gene:  An Intimate History.  I took notes from the 45-minute podcast to create my post. Although this new book has a strong cancer component, it encompasses much more.

According to Siddhartha, the “Centerpiece of the book is that biology is not destiny. But some aspects of biology and some aspects of destiny are commanded very strongly by genes.”

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