I just finished reading, Sparkle, an eloquently written book by, Renette Hinsbeeck-Nel. Renette’s husband, Johan, is living with the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The book describes her journey of spiritual awakening beginning as a teenager in rural South Africa when she sets out to find purpose, meaning and understanding on a mountain near her new home. It is informative, enlightening and engaging, and well worth reading!
Before we get too deep into 2020, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you so much for taking the time to read the blogs I posted in 2019. It gives me enormous satisfaction knowing that these posts are being read and that people are finding them helpful! It is a fascinating journey we are on and it is comforting to know that we are not alone!
In that vein, thank you as well for your messages and questions! I am honored by your encouragement and trust!
I would also like to thank you for reading the books I’ve written. When I say the books I’ve written, I must clarify that these books were not written by me, but rather, through me. And this goes back to the very beginning. In the winter of 2006, I woke up one morning with an idea for a book in my head. I have no idea where this inspiration came from because I wasn’t a writer at the time, nor was I thinking about writing a book. The book was going to be about a high school teacher who is in the midst of a spiritual awakening when he encounters a group of students who want to know more about the true meaning of life than what they are being taught in school. So he takes them on a journey of spiritual awakening. I called the book, The History Teacher, because I have said many times, if I had to do it all over again, I would’ve been a high school history teacher. Shortly after I started writing the first book, I started developing the first recognizable signs of Parkinson’s disease. Two years later I was officially diagnosed with PD. My high school history teacher had Parkinson’s.
Thank you so much and I wish everyone an awesome 2020!
One of the most frequent questions I am asked, is how to get off medication. Be it PD meds, anxiety meds or both, there is a genuine desire to be medication free, and thus, free of side-effects and the inevitable loss of efficacy of the medication … it is well-known that over time PD meds lose their efficacy, eventually becoming completely ineffective, the outcome of which is quite grim. Moreover, for the vast majority of people experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and who believe recovery is possible, recovery will involve coming off medication at some point, and this too quite frankly can be a disconcerting prospect. It is akin to a drug addict going through withdrawal.
Yesterday I witnessed firsthand how the universe magically expresses itself through us!
I am excited to announce the rerelease of my first book, The History Teacher! I first published it in 2010 and decided to give it a makeover after the release of my second book, The History Teacher 2.0, which I published through a new self-assisted publisher, FriesenPress. Quite frankly, I wanted to clean it up a bit. It was my first effort, and grammatically, it needed some work. So it’s the same story, but a much smoother read! If you would like to check out the storyline, go to the Fred’s Books page.
Thank you so much for your support and for taking the time to read my books! Please know that I appreciate it enormously!
I am presently writing the third instalment of The History Teacher trilogy and hope to have it published by the end of this year. After that, I plan to begin writing, The Kid!
I recently read Howard Shifke’s, Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery. Shifke, as you may know, is an American lawyer who fully recovered from Parkinson’s in 2010 after being diagnosed in 2009.
I am reading, Focusing, written by Eugene Gendlin. It’s about understanding a health condition by understanding how the body is feeling. When I asked my body how it is feeling, I got an immediate response … weary!
I just finished reading The Root of All Healing by Misa Hopkins and it is an excellent read for anyone experiencing a chronic health condition. The book could be particularly helpful for those who have no experience with natural health practices.
Ms. Hopkins, an American, overcame MS using the strategies she discusses in the book, so she has credibility. Her attitude and approach is very much in alignment with mine, so I found it very reassuring.
Her recovery protocol includes meditation, spending time in nature, creative expression, laughter, singing, acceptance, asking questions, belief in our inner power and self-compassion. In fact, she says true healing begins with self-compassion.
Her number one recommendation for people experiencing Parkinson’s is spending time in nature. She says the natural energies in nature balance our circadian rhythms which in turn, balances neurotransmitter and hormone production in our bodies.
Like me, Hopkins believes our health conditions have purpose. They are our life work, she says.
You won’t go wrong reading this book! It is available on Amazon.
People have asked me what prompted me to write The History Teacher books. It’s actually an interesting story [I think], so here goes!
In the winter of 2006, I was still working in the corporate world. I hadn’t yet made the transition to teaching martial arts full-time. One morning I woke up with an idea for a book in my head! I had no idea when the idea came from. I wasn’t thinking about writing a book. Divine guidance? More than likely!
I’m very pleased to announce that the first book I wrote, The History Teacher, has been revamped and is available as a second edition. The story is still the same, but the writing has been tightened up considerably, to make it a smoother read. Currently, it is available in PDF format for downloading to your e-reader.