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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Perspective Wednesday #160

"We desire what we don't possess, and it steals what we have."
Unknown

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Theory of Almost Everything



Eddie Redmayne did an excellent job portraying the famed theoretical physicist and ALS patient, Stephen Hawking, in the film The Theory of Everything.  Very well deserving of the 2015 Academy Award for 'Actor in a Leading Role.'

The diagnosis (see quote below) is of course the crux of the story, however the news the Doctor delivers in his last sentence, the most devastating of all, is abandoned.

"It's called motor neuron disease.  It's a progressive neurological disorder that destroys the cells in the brain that control essential muscle activity; such as...speaking, walking, breathing, swallowing.  The signals that muscles must receive in order to move are disrupted.  The result is...gradual muscle decay, wasting away.  Eventually, the ability to control voluntary movement is...lost...entirely.  I'm afraid average life expectancy is two years.  There's nothing I can do for you."
I get it, two hours of something so 'medically pathetic' wouldn't sell tickets.  However, in my opinion, it's this shortcoming that should be center stage.  How often do you hear 'there's nothing I can do for you?'  In any profession!  Lou Gehrig was told this in 1939, Stephen Hawking in 1963, and I, 71 years later in 2010.  Unacceptable!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Spiritual Sunday #141

"Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger. For your anger will not produce God's righteousness."
James 1:19-20

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Perspective Wednesday #159

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, February 2, 2015

Spiritual Sunday #140

"Though in the valley, Your light we will carry with us."  Citipointe

Wednesday, October 1, 2014