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Approached for an Interview…

Recently, I was approached to give an interview for an online writing site where I am one of the top producers. The entire process is done very conveniently. The interviewer has the questions and answer boxes online at his website. How cool is that?

When I got onto his site, I noticed that some of the questions did not pertain to my writing. In fact, some were just downright too personal for my blood. For instance, one question asked what my first childhood recollection is? What?! Maybe I should say ….I know…how my elementary school English teacher taught me the importance of using the English language properly. I just answered my dilemma. Geez, I’m good….if I say so myself. Thanks for listening…..

Happy Easter to all in America.



Kudos to Physical Therapy!

Going through the recuperation process after undoing a total knee replacement is not easy.  It is a lot of work.  However, it is worth it.  When initially starting physical therapy, it is pure torture.  In fact, the physical therapist told me that the PT stands for  “pain and torture”.  Did it ever.  Then one day…

After being in tremendous pain, the physical therapist  simply stretched my leg and had me move slowly in another exercise.  Then, a muscle massage.  Suddenly, the pain diminished.  Lesson here?

Kudos to physical therapy!

Finding Inspiration

Along with writing come the times when nothing seems to come to mind. In other words, ‘writer’s block’. If it’s not writer’s block, it is just plain lack of desire, hard time with words, etc. How does one overcome this state? Everyone deals with this temporary setback differently.

There is a great blog titled Zen Habits. Recently, it contained a blog post on just this subject. http://zenhabits.net/2008/03/31-ways-to-find-inspiration-for-your-writing. And, it’s great. It lists a variety of ways to find inspiration, some may work for you and some may not. One, in particular, works well for me. That is finding inspiration from nature. Here is my story:

While recently taking a walk with my new knee, I noticed the simple act of a flock of robins strutting around and just chirping happily. They were simply enjoying the scenery and provided me with thoughts of pleasure. My home state is Michigan – the state bird is the robin. Then I recalled seeing an entire backyard filled with robins while down in Florida. You could say it was a “carpet of robins”. 🙂 Very nice.

Anyways, when I returned from my walk, I was inspired to write again. The writing came easy, with the words flowing without any problem at all. It was quite nice. I kicked out two chapters of my upcoming book in one hour. Wish it would go that well all the time. 🙂

So, everyone needs to be inspired at some time or another. Find which way works best for you and go for it. Good luck!

The Dreaded Twisted Catheter

While hospitalized for my total knee replacement, an episode occurred which had me in a different state of mind. Here’s what happened….

After surgery, I was connected to a catheter. One day I suddenly started feeling like I was getting ‘backed up’. I pushed the call button for assistance since I thought something was wrong with my catheter. After all, it should just flow like the wind into the trees. It wasn’t.

An orderly (I think that’s what she was) answered my call. When I told her that I thought something was wrong with my catheter, she took a look at it and told me it was ok. She left.

My bladder was extending itself and I was in pain. I pushed the call button again (I couldn’t see the catheter tubes leading to the collection bag). More than five minutes went by, my pain increased. Then, at just the precise moment of my heightened discomfort – in came my physical therapist.

She asked how I was doing. A common question that usually elicits a response of “ok”, I am sure. However, I was hanging onto the Jane bar, crying for help. When she asked that question, I must have given her more expletives than the U.S. Armed Forces could use. I don’t remember. I just know that she ran to get the nurse. The nurses came within minutes and….what do you know….there was a twist in my catheter tube.

The nurses unraveled my tube and the liquid was flowing. In fact, it was flowing so fast….a crowd gathered to admire my ‘collection’. One liter jar, then another….

Man, you really did have to go,” the nurse said. What an understatement. 🙂

I asked to have the catheter removed after that discomforting episode. I wasn’t going to take the chance of it happening again. So…bring on the bed pan…That’s another chapter. 🙂

End of the dreaded twisted catheter story.