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TToT: Black Holes and Doughnut Holes – Heather and Bogs, #10Thankful

“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit, as well as physically,” said Stephen Hawking, renowned physicist and director of research at the Center for Theoretical Cosmology, University of Cambridge, in a May 2011 interview with The New York Times.

I’m trying Stephen, I’m trying.

Stephen Hawking’s Canadian connection.

His knowledge of cosmology was mind-blowing to me, to me as a young girl who loved space and the planets, and now I listen to his words (still left behind) about his curiosity at what’s out there, up there, somewhere.

Stephen Hawking was, it seems to me, about three things: family, curiosity, and humour.

Ten Things of Thankful

I’m thankful my passion project has been released.

My movie survey is right there on the home page.

I’m thankful my father and my uncle had a successful and necessary road trip together this week.

They had to travel, go for a few days, to deal with a few things from my uncle’s passing away last week.

I’m just glad they could do it together, as brothers.

I’m thankful I heard back from a few local media outlets about spreading my message for better audio description.

My local
radio station (104.7 HeartFM)
put my story on the Friday morning news report and on their website.

I’m thankful for another yoga session and I felt no lingering issues.

I felt badly about myself, a little as I was doing the stretches, but tried to give myself a break.

I really do wish I were more flexible, in ways that matter like strength and balance, but I do pay close attention to the sound of her voice as I try to follow along and not think too much.

If you know me much at all, you know that’s not so easy for me, but that’s the one hour out of my week I really try my best.

I’m thankful my part (introduction) is almost entirely complete on a paper about the value of braille.

I was thankful to have the help from a research and referencing expert, a library student, to give my writing credibility. I would never want to appear as if I were trying to take credit for words, thoughts, or ideas that weren’t my own.

I am not sure what is left to do, where this paper will end up, but I am proud I am part of it.

I’m thankful for Ireland.

I don’t use St. Patrick’s Day as an excuse to get shit faced, but I do understand the celebration of a country such as Ireland because it is an important place to me.

I’m thankful for Canada.

When all hell’s breaking loose with the current US Wh, and when governments like China and Russia seem so corrupt because their leaders seem to go unchallenged, I am grateful for the relative calm here.

I know some would argue about the actual fairness of things, even here, but I know it could be worse. Even when I find Ontario to be heading in the wrong direction, I can feel good that people can choose.

I am thankful I can speak about such things, here on my blog, without fear of being silenced.

Nobody’s attempting to assassinate me by poisoning with a powerful nerve agent. Phew.

I’m thankful for Stephen Hawking’s words (see above, to the quote at the top of this post).

I am thankful, also, for his ability to see the lighter side of life.

RIP Mr. Hawking.


10 thoughts on “TToT: Black Holes and Doughnut Holes – Heather and Bogs, #10Thankful

  1. the guy was pretty amazing (to have such a incredible range of qualities and characteristics…)
    Sounds like you’ve been quite busy this week. Muy bueno
    Way to ‘ripple that pond’, ’cause thats surely a part of the enjoyment of this writing thing, no?

    • He did a lot and most I didn’t understand, but I appreciated his passion for the subject matter. So much to think about and contemplate. I try to keep myself busy also, as much as possible.

  2. valj2750 says:

    Kerry, Congratulations on the survey link for movie experience as well as getting your story aired on the radio. Working to make a difference in the lives of others elevates you. I always remember a quote by a dancer on DWTS to Noah Galloway who lost both an arm and leg on one side of his body – “let’s concentrate on what you can do, not on what you can’t”. Kind of a paraphrase of Hawking, I think. Keep at that yoga. I often feel out of balance and inflexible in yoga class, but I know it builds inner strength both mentally and physically. And body sense. Have a good week.

  3. Kerry, you are making great progress. That is great that you were able to have the assistance of a library student with your project.
    Thanks for sharing the link about Stephen Hawking. I enjoyed reading of his academic and personal interactions with the students.
    ALS is a horrible disease. A friend’s husband passed away from it a few years ago. He managed to live much longer than was expected.
    Wishing you the best in the coming week.

  4. You’re so right that we have a lot to be thankful for when there’s so much worse going on in the world. Fantastic news that your message is spreading, you are really working hard at getting it out there. I was sad to hear about Stephen Hawkings’ passing…he was a real inspiration and a message that we can accomplish great things even when faced with life-changing conditions 🙂

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