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"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation... A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work." H. D. Thoreau
Thoreau sequestered himself at Walden. The erstwhile neurologist, Dr. John Kitchin, fled a medical practice to in-line skate on the boardwalk. On any given day, "Kitchin [can be seen] meticulously skating up and down San Diego's promenade. Disillusioned with a life that had become increasingly materialistic, he abruptly abandoned his career and moved to a studio by the beach. The locals call him Slomo, knowing little about his past life, but cheering and high-fiving him as he skates by in slow motion. He has become a Pacific Beach institution."
If you missed the provacative and, for some, inspirational NY Times article, click on SLOMO.
[From the NY Times;] Tatyana McFadden, a 24-year-old college senior, was born
with spina bifida, which left her paralyzed from the waist down. She is now a
decorated wheelchair sprinter, and she has 12 medals — three gold — from the last three
Paralympic Games, in Athens, Beijing and London.
McFadden grew up in an orphanage in St. Petersburg, where
she was never given a wheelchair. She spent her first six years walking on her
hands before Deborah McFadden, then the director of the International
Children’s Alliance, adopted her during an overseas trip. After taking to
sports in her childhood, Tatyana McFadden fought through the courts in high
school in Maryland to compete against able-bodied runners.
Her mother says that
when Tatyana arrived from Russia, she used a phrase that meant “I can do it
myself. And that’s just what she’s done. She’s never been afraid to try
"Just as Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson pursued their athletic dreams and developed superlative skills before altering history, Basil D’Oliveira, who was classified as colored under South African apartheid, wanted only to play at the highest levels of his sport, cricket. His struggle to do that in a country of government-enforced racial segregation became a powerful symbol in the ultimately successful fight against apartheid." Read this moving obituary.
Banzai!! Banzai!! Banzai!!! to Sensei Keiko Fukuda of San Francisco. She recently became the first woman to earn a 10th degree black belt in judo, at the age of 98. Only three others have this martial arts highest ranking - all men living in Japan. Fukuda started learning judo more than 75 years ago in Japan and still teaches three times a week. Earning this black belt was her lifelong dream. You can see an inspiring YouTube segment on Sensei Fukuda.
Every day, no matter the weather, Gary Atlas runs six miles and takes a dip in the cold ocean water.This is an amazing article about a Brooklyn resident "who, since September 2007, while unemployed and tending to his dying mother, sought relief from depression by running on the beach and swimming in the ocean every day. The article is worth reading and the Times video is moving -- especially when Atlas says he hasn't seen a doctor in 37 years! See: Swimming Through Grief. There's a video on the site which is inspirational as well.
On either side the mountains rose up from the sea like prehistoric dinosaurs, their jagged peaks draped in torn green blankets where outcroppings of grey rocks broke through. As I stood there buffeted by the wind, I understood once again why I love this country too much for my own good. >>more
Brian T. Maurer has practiced pediatrics as a Physician Assistant for thirty years. His "Marginal Notes" column appears periodically in the Cell2Soul Blog. The title "Marginal Notes" is taken from a quote by Henry David Thoreau: "I love a broad margin to my life."