Dave Brubeck dead at 91 - chicagotribune.com:
A Jazz great. R.I.P. Dave Brubeck
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Thursday, November 08, 2012
Thursday Thirteen #80
13 Reasons I Participate in NaNoWriMo
Well it is November! And it is NaNoWriMo time. For you thaht don't know National Novel Writing Month is a mad dash to write 50,000 words in thirty days. Thousands of aspiring writers worldwide take on the challenge. Some go on to publish their work (after a massive edit). So here are 13 reasons I participate every year.
- Everyone has a great novel in them. I just have to work through the thirty or forty crappy ones to get to it
- I want a character to survive the Game of Thrones
- I want to document the location of every Starbucks and Panera Bread in NE Ohio
- I plot the messy deaths of real people who annoy me and carry them out through my characters
- How hard can it be? look at that Twilight stuff
- In my literary world you can be married to Condolizza Rice AND Halle Berry. In fact you can combine them into one person.
- Someone has to write "The New Adventures of Harry Potter"
- I thought of another dozen shades of grey
- I can make teenage vampires and werewolves spontaneously combust
- I can justify the purchase of a new laptop for my art
- I get to write-in with real people whom I only see once a year
- It is more fun to rewrite history than it is to study it
- I think I can score a big hit with "The Hunger Games: More Fiber"
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Well I will be two years post surgery in August. And while I feel and look better than I have in decades, I have lost a battle. Despite my weight loss my diabetes never got under decent control. as a result my kidney function has dropped to the point where I need to start dialysis and consider a transplant. When my nephrologist told me I almost fell out of the chair. I thought that once I had lost weight my diabetes and high blood pressure would just disappear and I would live happily ever after and look great doing it. And yet here I am two years later facing dialysis and my BP is still all over the map. I start my dialysis education class next week. after that we begin serious discussion about transplant. A blessing I recieved during this time was when I told my family about my kidneys, several members volunteered to be tested as donors. I cried and thanked the Lord for such wonderful support. Now we just need to wait and see where the next leg of the journey leads.