CureTalk Interview – Nick van Dyke

“…I figured I had been dealt a terrible hand and I had two choices: fight, or roll over and die. It was a pretty simple decision.” – Nick  Nick and Dave were diagnosed a few months apart and both of us independently through our research and even different thought processes decided to treat in Arkansas. […]

Communication – While in Crisis

“Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. To survive in the world, we have to act in concert with others, but to survive as ourselves, rather than simply as cogs in a wheel, we have to act alone.” – Deborah Tannen Several recent conversations and postings with caregivers and […]

MishMash – 10 Normal vs New Normal

“Every day is a new chance to choose. Choose to change your perspective. Choose to flip the switch in your mind. Turn on the light and stop fretting about with insecurity and doubt. Choose to do your work and be free of distraction. Choose to see the best in someone, or choose to bring out the […]

Commute offers time for audio

My daily commute is a little longer now, since I'm driving back and forth from Cibolo to Austin. The distance is much greater than my regular trip from Cibolo to eSupply Systems on the NW side of San Antonio, but the time is only about 10-20 minutes more each way.

Most of my trip now involves 75 mph driving on I-35, but I do run into congestion going into and leaving Austin.

I've decided to use my drive time wisely, picking out some books on CD to listen to on the road. I'll also dig into my CD collection and rediscover some artists and songs that I had pretty much forgotten.

First up, SuperFreakonomics, the 2009 follow-up to Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.

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The Last Piece…EXERCISE!

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.”  – Plato For those of you who made a wish for Dave on my behalf, thank you! We met with Luis on Saturday for lunch. They talked non stop as if they had met […]

Basket of Worries (or Wishes)

“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”  – Mark Twain (Kind of neat I found a quote on this from Mark Twain after my escapades in Tahoe with him!) As caregivers, and I’m sure as patients as well, when we hear […]

Lake Tahoe & Friends (Old & New)

“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.” – Bernard Meltzer When we moved to California from Bangor, Maine I was in the 2nd grade. The weather here was conducive to wonderful long hot summers with loads of lakes and rivers to […]

Family & Friends

“But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes My 1st cousin, once removed… meaning she and my father were first cousins and their fathers were brothers. The Hudson Boys, there were six of them. Uncle Herman, Jean’s father, was my father’s favorite Uncle. Her mother Corine, was about as […]


“An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.” – James Baldwin Indeed. All that I am comes from all that I have been, places I’ve visited and lived, people I have met along my life’s journey. Early on in my life, I was the […]

Spiritual Awakening…

“Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force – that thoughts rule the world.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson This was running around FaceBook and I just love it. These are really a great list of things to work on! Get busy!