Typically I work on the computer, researching or writing, for four to six hours a night. Frequently the topic of focus concerns my walking program, my efforts to walk-device free, and its related impact. My desk is usually covered with piles of paper and I am watching or working from multiple screens on my desktop computer. One screen will contain an article draft. Another will have a research article that I am perusing. Yet another screen will contain the scrolling text and conversations from virtual forums for writers, social workers, educators, or a related subject that I am contemplating.
Posts Tagged 'life'
We are always advised to eat a well-balanced diet throughout our lives. From the time we are just a fetus till we’re old and grey, our bodies undergo several changes and so do our nutritional needs. It is quite fascinating to see that our physicality and mentality subtly transforms with every passing year, and before you know it, we start feeling frail and less able to do the things that we could once do effortlessly. It is, therefore, extremely important to pay attention to our body’s needs, listen to what it’s trying to tell us and respond accordingly.
The label society puts on individuals with physical disabilities is one that refers to struggle and being needy. Some people even automatically assume that if a person has a physical disability they also have a mental disability as well, and you couldn’t get further from the truth.
Ludwig Guttmann, M.D. was a German-Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany in 1939 and joined the neurosurgical faculty at Oxford University in England. Prior to his leaving Germany, Dr. Guttmann was the assistant to the leading German neurosurgeon of that time, Otfrid Foester, at the University of Breslau. Forced out of the University of Breslau because of anti-Semitism in 1933, Dr. Guttmann became the Chief of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Breslau Jewish Hospital. It was there that he developed many of the techniques to treat spinal cord injury that he used and perfected in England.
Swimming is an extremely popular sport for children with disabilities – a fact that I have witnessed first-hand on many occasions. In particular, I have found it to be a particularly beneficial activity for children with learning difficulties, and many whom I have taught have gone on to become exceptional club – and even national-standard – swimmers.
My name is Daniel Mellenthin, and as far back as I can remember, I have tried to squeeze every last drop I could from life. I was born in Alton, Illinois and lived the first 20 years of life as an able-bodied person, enjoying backpacking and rock climbing, meeting all sorts of people, four team sports in high school (two in college), choir (in HS and college), playing jazz trumpet, Improv. Comedy, Phi Alpha Literary Society at Illinois College and various plays and stage performances.
This past weekend I went to see the movie, “The fault in our stars”. I was very impressed with the whole concept of this movie from its writing, acting and overall presentation of people with disabilities. It had the perspective of a movie that went beyond the scope of disability, while maintaining its integrity. Most importantly, it went beyond the portrayal of people with cancer or disability as people who are disinterested, angry, and lifeless victims.
I take exception to the quote, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” My suggested change is: life is a journey AND a destination. While I agree that we never completely arrive, it also seems that along the journey, we do seek out and hopefully enjoy destinations.
With the World Cup coming up and festival season on the horizon, it’s important we think about protecting our hearing when at these kinds of events. While hearing technology has come on leaps and bounds (evidenced by these invisible hearing aids from Hidden Hearing), prevention is still better than cure.