I was going through old photos recently and found this “Bleeding Heart” drawing that I made on a Buddha Board back in February, 2015. FWIW, Buddha Boards seem to make good Christmas gifts. I got this one as a Christmas gift in 2014.
Sorry I haven’t written much this week, I’ve been working on designs for the cover of a new book. But I can share one thing, my favorite song of the week, We Said Hello, Goodbye (Don’t Look Back), by Phil Collins. Some of the lyrics:
Well it really don’t matter much where you are
’cause home is in your heart
It’s a feeling that you wake with one day
Some people keep running all of their life
And still find they haven’t gone too far
They don’t see it's the feeling inside
The feeling inside.
“Always stretch from the source, the core, the foundation of each asana. Keep your attention internal, not worrying about what others see, but what the Self sees. Each movement must be an art, an art in which the Self is the only spectator.”
B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life: The Yoga Journey (with a few minor edits by me)
From 2015-17 I spent most of my time in hospitals and in bed, and went unconscious seven times. Today I can bench 210 (all the weight on the machine), work the elliptical thirty minutes, and practice yoga every night. Never give up.
Happy Rare Disease Day!
(If you’d like to donate to people working to cure my disease, please visit The Mastocytosis Society website.)
This is a view of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado on February 27, 2013. The top photo is from the previous day, when a storm rolled in in the morning. The bottom view is from the following morning when the skies were perfectly clear.
As I was sitting in my favorite coffee shop in Seward this afternoon, a dog walked in the back door and just stood there, looking at everyone. Owner tells me he was looking for a good poker game. ;)
~ photo from Seward, Alaska, February 25, 2011
I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own.
~ from Chasing Cars by Sarah Bettens (originally by Snow Patrol)
Today (February 19th) is an anniversary of sorts for me. After knowing “something” was wrong for a long time — I used to tell doctors it felt like I had been poisoned or was experiencing the symptoms of anaphylaxis or sepsis — I went unconscious for the first time on this date in 2014.
While that in many ways was a horrible event — if I had fallen to the right instead of the left when I blacked out I probably would have cracked my head on the bathtub and died right then — in the end it was necessary for doctors (and I) to take things more seriously, which resulted in seeing a total of 26 doctors to learn that I have MCAS, a rare but treatable non-contagious blood disease (something I was born with).
As a note to self, I learned today that you can install Drupal 7 modules from the command line with this Drush command:
drush en module_name
drush en smtp
You can also update Drupal 7 modules with Drush. For instance, I just ran these commands on a Drupal 7 website:
drush up ctools drush up context drush up file_entity drush up media drush up rules