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January 22, 2008

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Momma

I want to be remembered for many things. I hope that my writing lives after me. I know how many lives I've touched (changed, altered) both as a nurse and as a teacher. My reach exceeds my grasp.

I have taken what I have and tried to spread it around. I've tried to encourage and cheer on those around me. When I am dead and gone, I will soon be forgotten. In fact, many of the people whose lives I have touched most intimately, don't even remember me now. But I have really saved lives and conquered disease and as my patients move thru their lives, they rightfully forget that my skills are part of the reason they are still alive and kicking today.

When you teach, you reach past the moment. I know I taught computer skills, but I hope that I also taught the way to be in the world to those who were watching and imitating me.

At least I've tried. "Do or do not; there is no try." - Yoda.

Okay. This is the way I've chosen to live my life. Doing what I can where I'm at.

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Required Reading (As I See It)

  • Bruce Lee: Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom For Daily Living
    Simple. Profound. Striking. All from a man who died at 32. (****)
  • Ernest Hemingway: To Have And Have Not
    The guy's a master. This is my current favorite selection. (****)
  • Harper Lee: To Kill A Mockingbird
    Two words: Atticus. Finch. (****)
  • Marcus Aurelius: Meditations
    How many times do you get to crawl inside the head of a Roman emperor? (***)
  • Stephen F. Kaufman: The Book of Five Rings
    Miyamoto Musashi was the baddest philosopher/samurai that ever lived. He served no master but himself. The Book of Five Rings is his definitive strategy on proper living. (****)
  • Jon Krakauer: Into The Wild
    I read this book before it was "cool". Great investigative reporting regarding one of life's most epic searches for "the truth". (****)
  • Neil Strauss: Motley Crue: the dirt
    Rampant destruction in the name of greed, lust and arrogance. You will feel dirty after reading this book. (***)
  • Don Miguel Ruiz: The Four Agreements
    Live life better. We all need to be reminded how. Some of us need to be shown. (***)
  • Dante: The Inferno
    The classic treatise on the damned. I could think of people who need to re-read this in today's world. (****)
  • David Rensin: All For A Few Perfect Waves
    A series of interviews, from the men and women who paved the first roads of modern surfing, concerning the enigmatic life and times of surfing's legendary genius and consummate asshole Miki Dora. I'm still not sure what to make of Da Cat. (***)