Life in the Presence of Parkinson’s: A Daily Mantra

"Gratitude is the greatest prayer. Thank you is the greatest mantra." Swami Nithyananda "My mantra: Brainless exercise is a lost opportunity for improvement." Michael Merzenich Definition: Mantra, man·tra (/ˈmantrə/) noun: mantra; plural noun: mantras.1. (originally in Hinduism and Buddhism) A word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation. "A mantra is given to a …

World Parkinson’s Day 2022: Hope Has Not Been Canceled

"There is no medicine like hope." Orison Swett Marden "If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today" Nhat Hanh Introduction: I have been putting the 100th change/addition/modification to a manuscript that was just submitted for publication. The manuscript concerns the role of SARS-CoV-2 (aka, COVID-19) to promote neurodegeneration in Parkinson's …

Parkinson’s: Here Comes the Sun

"The sun shines on everybody. You've got to keep believing." Dontrelle Willis "After the rain, the sun will reappear. There is life. After the pain, the joy will still be here." Walt Disney Introduction: Recently, I have written several blog posts focused on musical songs that deal with perseverance. And the focus was to use …

Journey with Parkinson’s: Adding a New Journey

"Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me." Carol Burnett "It needs to be said and heard: it's OK to be who you are." Hailee Steinfeld  Adding a New Journey: In the preceding blog post, I spent a considerable amount of time writing about the quality of life, self-management of our …

Parkinson’s: Please Come Home for Christmas

“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.” Mary Anne Radmacher “Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers.” Kahlil Gibran Introduction: By the end of December, another year is ending, it's winter, and I'm tired and worn out. It always happens to/for me. I …

Parkinson’s and Life Lessons Learned in Bermuda

"You can go to heaven if you want. I'd rather stay in Bermuda." Mark Twain “Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Roald Da Introduction: Heading to Bermuda for a much-needed break may have been crazy in the middle of another COVID-19 surge, with Delta and Omicron variants spreading like wildfire. Nonetheless, after …

Words with Hope

"There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow." Orison Swett Marden “Hope is a waking dream.” Aristotle Introduction: Over the years, I have used blog posts about a specific word, feeling, or emotion. A frequent word used a lot here is the word …

The Measure of a Day With Parkinson’s

"Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence." Alan Watts "It's so much easier to measure life in experience points." Felicia Day Introduction: How do we value ourselves to society, work colleagues, neighbors, and our loved ones and family? We each have some sort of 'value' that others …

Parkinson’s: Fight Song

"Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way." Satchel Paige "Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." Harriet Beecher Stowe Introduction: Living with Parkinson's is a daily fight (in my mind) because Parkinson's is always trying to …

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