I just finished reading a delightfully engaging novel by a fellow PD person. The book is called, Let’s Pretend: A Tale of Mind, Imagination, and Healing.
In Let’s Pretend, the protagonist, Peter, who is experiencing Parkinson’s Disease, embarks on a ‘journey’ of physical and emotional healing and spiritual awakening. Accompanied by ‘special’ guides, Peter uncovers spiritual ‘truths’ and the purpose of his experience with PD. It is a clever, imaginative story with plenty of humor, helpful for anyone facing a serious health challenge!
The book is written by Christian Hageseth, who, like the main character, Peter, is experiencing PD. It is told from an insiders point of view, and offers a firsthand perspective of the emotional root cause and spiritual purpose aspects of the condition.
Well done, Christian!
Let’s Pretend is available on Amazon.
Just before Christmas, I was interviewed by Robert Rodgers, host of BlogTalk Radio and author of Road to Recovery from Parkinson’s Disease. The link is below. It was a follow-up to an interview I did in 2017. We mostly talked about the experience I had in 2018 when I landed in hospital and what I have been doing since.
Robert is a tireless worker on behalf of those of us experiencing the symptoms of PD and I quite enjoy talking to him. I hope you have a listen.
I’m pleased to announce that my fourth book, The History Teacher: Adventure in Estonia, has been published. This is actually the third book in The History Teacher trilogy.
In this third and final instalment of The History Teacher series, John Stevens, the history teacher, takes a trip to Estonia where he is drawn into an extraordinary adventure of hope and intrigue! Intent on changing the course of human history, an international group of do-gooders gathers in this tiny Eastern European country to map out a strategy for change! First, though, they must overcome the power structures and attitudes meant to maintain the global status quo. All too often, people ask what we as individuals can do to contribute to meaningful change, feeling too uninformed and powerless to take direct action! The History Teacher, Adventure in Estonia provides simple guidance on how spiritual consciousness and divine love can overcome this dilemma! It transends country, cultural, racial, religious and gender borders to remind us that we are all in this together, sharing a common source and purpose. The story also examines one of the great challenges of human evolution, the steadfast and sometimes violent resistance to change. Similar to the first two editions of this trilogy, the protagonist receives guidance on his journey through dreams, angel visits and synchronistic encounters, amidst a delightfully informative blend of spirituality, history and rock n’ roll.
Printed copies are available on the FriesenPress website as well as Amazon. ebook versions are available on the publisher’s web site as well as Amazon and iTunes.
All four of my books are exclusively available on Amazon and the publisher’s website, FriesenPress. E-books are also available on iTunes.
Wishing everyone a year of improved health, optimism, enthusiasm, fascination, laughter, trust and faith! Our challenges will undoubtedly continue, for our journey has meaning! Its hills and valleys have a purpose … to guide us to spiritual consciousness and divine love! Live with joyful acceptance of the present moment and an optimistic eye to the future, for it shines brightly as our beautiful planet sits on the precipice, ready to embrace love, healing and compassionate bliss! May the light of love shine brightly on you, for you are a cherished participant in this spectacular flow-of-life!
Happy New Year!
This morning I sat down at the lake watching the waves roll gently past the dock on their journey shoreward. There is nothing as therapeutic for me as listening to waves softly lapping the shore and this was pure bliss! Watching and listening, I felt completely at peace, awash in tranquility! My body was free from tension and trembling and I was grateful! It was a soothing moment and I felt awesome!
PS … were they waves or millions of particles rolling in unison? Albert!?!
I just finished reading The Last Stonecaster, by first time Toronto novelist Howard J Breen. It is an awesome book! Breen has truly hit a home run with this effort!
This post is mainly for the fellas out there and I urge you to read on! Ladies, I’m sure you’re well aware of the principle I’m about to explain, but if you’d like to check it out, I would be honored!
For the record, I do not ‘have’ Parkinson’s Disease. The notion that the condition I am experiencing is a disease [named after the English physician who first identified it] is that of a well-intentioned but, I believe, misinformed medical community that inexplicably continues to hold firm to the idea that it is the death of brain cells in the substantia nigra portion of the brain that is the root cause. [why are cells only dying in the substantia nigra?] .
Thanks to the suggestion of a blog reader, I have recently taken an interest in the teachings of Pema Chodron, a fully ordained Tibetan Buddhist nun. Chodron, who makes her home at Gampo Abbey, a monastery in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, advocates spending time in silence. She says that at one point she spent a year in silence.
I stopped believing in the tooth fairy! I also stopped believing in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, but I never stopped believing that I was a coward. Nor did I stop believing that I was inferior, inadequate and helpless, and consequently, I never let go of the anger or the fear!