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!