Sunday, February 27, 2011
All the cancer warriors who continue to fight for their lives with trials, chemo, and medication. Some have already lost their lives in the struggle, while others refuse to give up. We all live with the hope that someday there will be a cure. I say awards go to all.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Dear Porcine Rep,
I am happy that you find kissing pigs a delight. I in no way wished to offend the pigs of the world. I do hear that some of them can be lovable. Obviously, you have found many that are. Maybe it is time to examine their reputation and possibly redefine it.
I appreciate any other feedback about likable pigs.
Posted by Kenneth D. Michaels at 7:29 AM
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
|Magic Carpet Above Chicago|
Went to the burbs and spent a productive afternoon in the library. In a private glass enclosed workroom. It's nice to change locations once in awhile. Great way to travel. I highly recommend it.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Nothing like dirty snow to get you back into the swing of things. I think my cousin Chris has the right idea. He has a place in Delray and when it gets really bad here, he goes to Florida. For those of us who have spent most of our lives in the Midwest, I think we develop two things in the winter, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and amnesia. We forget how bad the winters are. But, no one is forcing me to stay here. If I want to leave, I can. And that my friends is my point today. Change means realizing you can do it. You don't need to listen to anyone but yourself.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
When you hear side effects, you generally think about physical symptoms. Yes, they are real and they are visible. But what about psychological scars? I think anyone who has ever been diagnosed with any type of cancer, suffers some residuals. I never had a lot of self-confidence but after I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I found I had even less. Getting through surgery, dealing with incontinence, impotence. Each of these had its toll. Those of you who have had different cancers, know what I'm talking about. It may have affected your relationship with your partner or family. It has been nearly three years for me, and even though my surgical scars have nearly disappeared, my emotional ones are still healing. Each time I make a step, it's better and it's important to celebrate. Take time to do it. I treated myself to a vacation. I didn't have the money but I had credit cards and concerned friends who encouraged me. I made it happen and it has helped me so much. I found myself writing long hours every day and enjoying it. To those of you who read this, take time to do something nice for yourself. You deserve it.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
After ordering a cafe con leche in Key West, Jose placed an expresso on the counter. "How kind," I thought. After I finished most of it, He said, "That wasn't for you." Imagine my embarrassment when I turned around and saw a local waiting for his shot. We're not in Starbucks anymore, Toto.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Chickens roam the streets of Key West. The one above flew into a tree and perched at least l2 ft. above me. I didn't know chickens could fly that high. But there is a point here, my amis. Don't be afraid to take that chance. It's frightening but once you've done it, it's exhilarating. Whether it's getting into a new trial, writing another chapter, or deciding it's time to have surgery. Take a deep breath and fly.