Living history • Game 6, 1986

Most people from my parent’s generation can tell you exactly where they were the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Exactly where, when the United States’ 35th president was shot at 12:29 p.m. Dallas time on Nov. 22, 1963. Among similar events that I experienced with my fellow Generation Xers while growing up, I can tell you that I was: • Riding the school bus home from elementary school when I first heard John Hinckley Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981; • Sitting down in the junior high cafeteria when I first learned of the...

Heinz 57

Jennifer and I quickly are learning that the work involved with writing a book doesn’t end when you send it to the printer. It’s just beginning. Fortunately we received word from the printer early last week, and our book, Despite MS, to Spite MS, is right on schedule. We will have them available for our Sept. 15 book release party from 6 to 8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Library in Mount Pleasant. Please join us if you can! We’re excited with the support we’ve received with the pre-order sales of our book! We are less than 20 books away from our goal of 100 copies...

The mathematics behind MS =

This is National MS Awareness Week, and the National MS Society theme asks people what MS equals to them. Here is what I put on the NMSS site and shared with fellow blogger Michael Gerber of Perspective is Everything on his Facebook site: “MS = Unimaginable opportunities! For all that MS has taken from me I’ve discovered even more in return, from meeting my wife of five years – who also has MS – to discovering the inner strength I never knew I had.” I was pleased with my comments, but for some reason I thought there was something more to the “MS=” theme....

Run your own race

I realize we aren’t all runners, but hear me out on this. So the other night I was running on the indoor track at Central Michigan University’s Student Activity Center. It’s where I run in the winter. Not that I mind the cold outside, but it keeps my MS-numbed feet and me from running/slipping/falling on the ice and snow. Nine laps make a mile. The middle lane of the three-lane track is intended for runners. And this time of year, the SAC track is packed with college coeds eager to sculpt their bodies into spring break shape. This is my fifth winter running at the...

My San Antonio-inspired life

If only I could live everyday like I was in San Antonio. I try, but I sometimes lose sight of the lesson I taught myself in the Lone Star state several years ago. I was on a three-day business trip, and on the first day there were no conferences or workshops I needed to attend. So I woke up and, still exhausted from the plane trip, had every intention of spending the entire day in the air-conditioned Red Roof Hotel room. I’d eat vending machine food while watching ESPN and take a nap after I had seen the same episode of SportsCenter for the third consecutive time. ...

Happy New Year

A good friend recently e-mailed me this Handbook for 2011. Because it inspired me, I wanted to share some of it – along with a few additions from me, of course My thoughts are in italics. 1.       Drink plenty of water. Yes, that is tough with MS, but we should try. 2.       Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince & dinner like a beggar. 3.       Eat more foods that grow on trees and on plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. Or that comes from the drive-thru. 4.       Live with the 3 E’s – Energy,...