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Musical birthday memories

“In Xanadu, did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree…”

So sayeth Olivia Newton-John in one of my all-time favorite movies: Xanadu.

I love this 1980 film that was billed as, “A Fantasy, A Musical, A Place Where Dreams Come True.” I love its music, storyline, the roller-skating, and its abundant cheesiness. And I love how it takes me back to my childhood.

I’ll admit it: The summer my parents first got cable television at our house, I watched Xanadu 21 times.

Every time I laced up my skates that summer I pretended to be ONJ’s character, Kyra. The purple ribbons barretted in my hair flowed in the breeze as I skated around my driveway and belted out the soundtrack highlighted by classic lines such as, “Have to believe we are magic …” and “A place, where nobody dared to go …”

So it should come as no surprise that I had tears in my eyes when Olivia Newton-John took the stage at Kewadin Casino’s DreamMakers Theater in Sault Ste. Marie on Nov. 11. What an amazing birthday gift it was. Dan really outdid himself this year.

Olivia looked beautiful, her voice was strong, and she was as charming and adorable as I thought she’d be. She sang all of her classics, from “Physical” to favorites from “Grease” and of course, “Xanadu,” complete with neon lights shining. We had such a wonderful time!

Funny, Dan saw Springsteen for his 40th birthday. And I saw ONJ when I turned 38. Both concerts and celebrations were fantastic, but Dan’s trip to Chicago just seemed a little umm… more memorable but perhaps for the wrong reason.

So much so that I recently wrote about our 2:30 a.m. fire alarm and pending third-floor escape – in spite of my wheelchair – for HealthCentral.com. You can read all about it here.

Moving forward

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Consider the alternatives

Around about the times Jennifer and I were diagnosed – 14 and 11 years ago, respectively ­– we both heard they were great times to be diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Before we each had the opportunity to punch the optimistic messenger square in the nose (Really? A good time for having a chronic, progressive disease?),…Continue Reading

Contributing to HealthCentral

A few weeks ago we received an exciting invitation to serve as regular contributors to HealthCentral, an online resource whose mission is to empower millions of people to improve and take control of their health and well-being. Along with our blog here, writing for HealthCentral will enable us to connect with even more people dealing…Continue Reading