January 31, 2010

Brush, Floss... and Turn Down the Earphones!

I was surprised, some years ago, to read that when researchers asked folks up in their 90s what it was, over the course of their lives, that they regretted most and would do differently if they had the change-- the surprise answer was, 'Take better care of my teeth.'

While teeth and gum loss is serious, and I whole-heartedly agree with the wisdom of these sages-- wishing to keep my teeth as long as possible, and with as little pain as possible-- I'm going to add to their 'brush and floss' mantra.

Teflon Brain Syndrome! Do You Know Where I Put My Glasses? A Medical Mystery Solved!

Teflon Brain Syndrome!1 
Do You Know Where I Put My Glasses?2 
A Medical Mystery Solved!3

A group of teenagers were in the corner whispering and glancing in my direction. I knew I wasn't winning a popularity contest, but it also didn't look too serious. Eventually, the bravest one edged his way across the room.

January 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Andrew!

Andrew is a teen now. January 10, 2010

Happy with a never-ending smile
Caring without selfishness or guile
Willing to go the extra mile.

He wonders how that thing runs
While looking to have some fun
Or using anything for a drum

He's really full of ways quite smart
He finds ways to make you feel a part
Cause he's got quite a big heart

We love you Andrew! Happy Birthday!

January 05, 2010

Andrew Wowin' 'em at Cheer 'em Up Shows

Throughout 2009, but especially the past few months, Andrew stepped in to do what I did last year-- perform in our many shows in hospitals-- especially children's wards-- and in adult-care facilities.

Andrew is very good at meeting people and making them feel comfortable. With a big smile and his ever-improving balloon-sculpturing he's a big hit. This Christmas, Andrew was 'Santa's long-legged brother's helper reindeer.

I've posted a few more shots of Andrew here:


January 01, 2010

New Year Sunrise, Yaizu, Japan 2009

This year I'm visiting Tokyo for the New Year, but last year we were at home and had a very special experience that you can read about by following this link to my Picasa photo albums.


Wishing You a Happy New Year's Day of Understanding, Hope and Faith

Looking back with understanding, forward with faith, and around with love