“And we are put on earth a little space, that we may learn to bear the beams of love.”
February 14th has evolved over the years to be a day when many citizens of the world take time to let their heart focus on the importance of love and affection. For more on the history of the day, please click on: Valentine’s Day
For me it also marks the day (February 14, 2008) when I felt that I had finally fully “recovered” from the trauma of quintuple by-pass open heart surgery, performed at noon on November 9, 2007, some 3 months earlier. As I rolled into the operating room, I listened to an old Canadian folk song written by Connie Kaldor titled “Wood River.” The lyrics for the song include the words, “… the heart is bigger than trouble and the heart is bigger than doubt, but the heart sometimes needs a little help to figure that out.”
Pillow used to protect the area where my chest was cracked open
On that Valentine’s Day in 2008, I started training to walk a half marathon and on May 4th, 2008 I completed walking the 13.1 miles in almost 3 hours and 12 minutes.
Two weeks later, on May 17th, I walked the Michael J Fox 5K in 44 minutes and 6 seconds. When returning home from this event, near the University of Oregon, I met Barack Obama in the lobby of Sacred Heart Hospital where I had my surgery. He was running for president and was visiting someone there. On his way out of the hospital’s lobby he stopped to speak to me and a five and 3/4 year old boy who had also undergone open heart surgery. He stooped down, put his arm around the lad and asked me to take a picture of the two of them.
The following winter (2009) I retreated to the coast of Maine for four winter months and started to read my life’s journals. The retreat was the start of my writing a formal collection of life memories, presently titled “Before Memories Fail.” It remains a work in progress.
In November of 2014, on the 7th anniversary of my open heart surgery, I started to write a novel and will continue to work on it throughout 2015. The cover of the novel is below:
Current draft is over 200 pages, 16 chapters, and over 80,000 words.
Window display in Vancouver BC
Sculpture met on walk in Vancouver BC
Located at a clothing shop (Velvet Edge) on Broadway and Pearl in downtown Eugene,
Ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on Marriage Equality is expected at the end of June 2015