While in ICU I promised God that if he would let me out of there alive, I would improve my health and help as many folks as possible for the rest of my life.

Watch “Eunice Kennedy Shriver: One Woman’s Vision” on YouTube

I have so much respect for her.

Watch “1st Special Olympics World Games-Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s Charge to the Athletes” on YouTube

Beautiful stuff

my visit with Dr. Cooper

In 1969 while looking through some books, one titled “Aerobics” caught my eye. Why would you buy a book that you don’t even know what the title means? Bought it, read the first few pages and don’t remember anything about it after that, until almost 32 years later. Those few pages must have been very impressive to me.

Fast forward to 2001 in ICU and you’ll see me laying there with wires attached, measuring stuff. Dr. Cooper’s name came to mind, when discharged a few days later, went to the Internet, ordered a book titled “Aerobics Program for Total Well Being” and the author was Dr Kenneth H Cooper, the same man that wrote the book “Aerobics.”

After the book arrived, it stayed near, very near, for over a week as I read it two times, cover to cover, did what it said and lost over 118 pounds. I gave that book away to someone in need of it and bought several more over the years and gave them all away.

In March of this year the decision was made to drive on Highway 80 from Roberta, Georgia to where it ends nowadays in Dallas, Texas. Just before this car trip was conceived, Amazon was contacted, another book purchased, it arrived, was packed and taken with me to read.

On the way to Dallas it became clear to me that when reaching the western terminus of 80, the Cooper Aerobics Center would be about 15 miles away. Thoughts entered my head of driving there and taking a few pictures. I took pictures, but a strong urge had me ask one of the receptionist at Cooper Aerobics if Mr. Cooper might sign it. To make a long story short, he did sign my book, in his office, as we spoke alone for almost 1/2 hour. An unbeknownst dream come true for me.

When leaving Roberta, it seemed as though the trip was to travel the former transcontinental highway, but it turns out the trip was all about something else.

Take the stairs – from a few years ago

be nice to everyone except . . .

Speaking with a psychologist recently she was explaining one of her thoughts about us humans.

She says she sees on Facebook sometimes a post similar to this: “Be kind to everyone because you have no idea what they may be going through” She likes that, but she notices this particular behavior for a reason, and she will follow that person’s post for a bit and usually within a short time, they post something like this: “Some stupid jerk in the line at Walmart today caused me to be late, he couldn’t find his debit card, and I let him know what I thought about it.”

She went on to say that she thinks some folks may not pay attention to their behavior, but she thinks some people do it purposely to garner attention from both camps on social media.

Maybe it’s something a lot of folks aspire to. Yeah, that could be it.


I don’t think folks do it intentionally

My gut tells me that most folks don’t wake up, sit up, look in the mirror and say to themselves:

I’m going to go see how I can mess up my life some more today

That’s important to have on our minds about us and others too, if you agree, if not, it might not matter to you.

July 6, 2018 – Memory Lane

On Saturday, July 26, 2014 I did something that was fun, time consuming and tiring. I went up and down the 604 stairs at Amicalola Falls State Park. Up is 604, down is 604 and my 55 times were round trips. That comes to 66,440 stairs within a 24 hour period.

The stairs are 7 inches high and that puts the elevation gain that day at around 19,378 feet. No wonder I was so tired.

Two pacers helped out, mostly with their awesome attitudes.

July 16, 2018 Milestone

The miles were measured many different ways . . . pedometer, Map my run, Map my walk, S1, Google Maps, Road signs, measuring tracks and then counting laps and the Charity Miles application.

18,000 miles (approximately) on foot since June 1, 2012.

The miles took me through 17 states.

Approximately 5000 miles were covered pushing my jogging stroller.

I’m extremely Grateful to be able to do what I do and even more Grateful for all of the help I have had.

Here’s a silly picture . . .

July 16, 2018 Quote

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward” Martin Luther King Jr

My friend sent me a text – “We have to keep moving”