Friday, February 1, 2013

Of snow,Love and Compassion and a book review!

Its 4:00 pm

    Looking out over a light snow that is following here in SE Michigan. In the past week we had 3 inches of snow fall in a 2 hour burst on Sunday night,had two days of record high temps,a day of rain,another burst of snow yesterday that was so intense that it caused a whiteout which led to a 30 car pile-up on I-75 that killed 3 people and wounded over 15 more. Now its a deep freeze as the temp is 16 degrees that combined with the wind chill is about zero degrees outside.

  It was weird yesterday,we had an hydration therapy session at the infusion clinic. As Lori dozed off I was reading my first book of 2013,BraveHearts,when I looked up and saw the whiteout. You couldn't even see the cars in the parking lot to give you an example of how bad it was. It only lasted about 10 minutes but that was enough to cause the huge mess on the freeway.

Note that despite being hammered by two semi-trailers,this PT Cruiser hung tough and kept its driver alive? Good to know since we both drive PT Cruisers!

The local media covered this crash from top to bottom and at work,all my co-workers were all abuzz about what happened. I just shook my head,being from California,I know what a REAL pile -up is all about as does anyone who ever driven the I-5 over the Grapevine when its been foggy. Talk about holding one's breath in fear,yeesh! That is one nasty cluster to get caught up in,every year there is always one or two massive crashes that can involve 50-70 cars and trucks.
  Its a miracle only 3 died yesterday,the way the cars were speeding when the snow it,they had little to no reaction time to slow down and pull to the side,they just had to depend on God's blessing and their own skills to make they didn't die.
   Of course we didn't know the extent of this because we were at the infusion clinic for hydration. It provided a little relief for Lori but once again she has to fight off a bladder infection. This plus having no taste for much food is causing a rough time right now. But with the last chemo coming up on Tuesday,we can see the light at the end of the happy to be leaving this behind us. Lot of tears have been shed this time around to say the least. But I know this battle hasn't been for nothing,there has to be a reason for it...and in time I'm sure it will be revealed what we went this through for.

And speaking of life.....actress and animal activist Elaine Hendrix has posted her latest video blog in her Love and Compassion series!

She raises good questions about how we see animals and the words we use in discussing them. I admit,I love calling all dogs "mutts". I tease dog owners all the time about how much better cats are then dogs. I mean my cat Derek Jeter is the best cat ever and I tell him this every day. But I'm compassionate to many living creatures,I don't like killing anything for the sake of killing. I find that very disturbing and many times its just not needed. My wife and I pride ourselves on our live rescues,be it a wild bunny in the middle of the street,to the colony of cats we had in Northville to feeding the birds via a bird feeder out back,its so much easier to help a animal then it is to harm it.
  I know certain parts of society doesn't always see it that way but since we can't control that,we can only lead by example and show Kindness and Compassion to those animals we can.

As I mentioned,I just finished my first book of 2013 called "BraveHearts" by Bud Withers

I got this from my local Dollar Tree last year and finally got around to reading was much older then I realized as it only covers the rise of Gonzaga University basketball until 2002. But I stilled enjoyed this book very much as Withers chronicles how Gonzaga has slowly risen to be a annual elite program in college hoops despite being located in Spokane,Washington and not being able to land the players many higher profile programs do. The struggles of the coaches to get money to recruit,schedule a decent and fair schedule and get a new arena built while staying within the rules of the NCAA and the school itself really one shaking their head and asking why more programs don't do the same.
  The last three coaches,Dan Fitzgerald,Dan Monson (who left after two years) and the current coach,Mark Few all have worked very hard to make the program more about the TEAM then the player. While its true that other then John Stockton,no Zags player has had a huge NBA career,Withers shows how the players at Gonzaga are more about getting the degree  and enjoying the school experience then it is chasing down the big money from the NBA.
  What I think is really cool is that while book came out in 2002,Mark Few is still the head coach and has shown no desire to move to a "name" school. Gonzaga has stayed an elite team and are annually ranked in the Top 25 despite never making anyone's top recruit lists. Its absolutely refreshing to see that a coach stays out of loyalty to both his school AND his players. This is a book worth checking out,I'm sure you can find it on for a very low price.

I like to thank those folks who read my last interview with my friend Michelle. The Mouse River flood was grossly under reported by the mainstream media simply because no one died and it was in North Dakota. It still merited the same coverage and help that New Orleans,Nashville and New York/Jersey did but didn't.
By showing what one family went through and still survived,I hope it raises awareness of how much even the most regional disasters can affect us. Thanks again Michelle for sharing your story.

 I went out yesterday after tucking Lori in bed to rest after her hydration. I had to pay bills and then go grocery shopping. I gathered my coupon book and headed to the store. I filled Lori's car with gas and then went inside to shop. The store was pretty quiet so I was able to shop at a good pace...I was in there for a hour,my bill came to 83.00 at the register....but after my coupons,I walked out only paying 44.50. The lady behind me was pretty impressed and told me so. Made my day to be sure.....

Question: Does anyone have Seasons 6 and 7 of the Mary Tyler Moore show on DVD that they want to sell or perhaps barter? Please let me know....

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