Category Archives: Across The Land

Where am I going?

Four friends were sitting, and relaxing at the top of a small hill. Below them was a beautiful lake. They could see a man in a small boat, rowing.

One asked, I wonder how the man in the boat is doing? Another added, he is rowing with precision. And another said, he must be doing well, his course is very straight. 

The fourth one said, I have no idea how he is doing because I don’t know where he is going.

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The 24/7 Helpline at the Alzheimer’s Association

If you need help concerning alzheimers disease, please call 1.800.272.3900. The phone call will be answered by a trained counselor for the Alzheimer’s Association. Call Anytime. Yep, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Jack Fussell

my thoughts on the alzheimers fight

The $350 million dollar increase is in the budget

Lots of high profile cases in 2015

The movie “Still Alice”

The presidential candidates speaking of alzheimers disease in the debates

Support groups popping up

Trial programs seem to be growing

I would say things are headed in a good direction

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A thought about failure

It seems that failure tends to be more public than success. Or at least that’s what we perceive it to be. We fret it, we try to avoid it, and we question ourselves every time we have unconventional ideas. But the simple truth is – no great success was ever achieved without failure. It may be one epic failure. Or a series of failures – such as Edison’s 10,000 attempts to create a light bulb or Dyson’s 5,126 attempts to invent a bagless vacuum cleaner. But, whether we like it or not, failure is a necessary stepping stone to achieving our dreams.”

Ekaterina Walter

Thank you for reading my blog.
Jack Fussell

Dr. Jonas Salk

I could be wrong, but I do not think that I am. I have read lots of articles about Dr. Salk and about polio. When I was 3 years old my 3 year old cousin died with polio.

Everything I read about Mr. Salk points me in the direction of believing that he wanted nothing other than a cure for those babies. It is said he did not want anything to do with getting a patent. It is said he did not care how he appeared to others. He wanted a cure found.

It’s is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

Harry S Truman

Jack Fussell

Take a chance – don’t be afraid to fail

I read about Abraham Lincoln. About all of his failures. I read about Thomas Edison. I read about Michael Jordan.

Lots of failure there, with these folks. Last night I read about the failures of Ultra folks, how many quit a race and even running sometimes.

Don’t be afraid to fail. That fear kept me from “really” living, for a long time. That fear kept me struggling a large part of the 44 months I have been raising awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. No more fear of failing!

I choose not to fear failure anymore. I fear “not trying to keep going”

I want to do that, always keep at it, no matter what occurs.

Jack Fussell

Watch “Melody Fairchild breaking US indoor 2 mile high school running record 1991 Syracuse” on YouTube

This is such an awesome clip. She was and I bet is, still amazing.

Hope to head to California, on foot, soon

Mom’s husband is having surgery sometime Monday. The team will be surgically implanting a pain pump.They feel good about this procedure. If it works, he may be able to have therapy and walk again. We will know a little after the surgery and then more each day after. My first priority is mom.


I have a lot I want to do, but family will come first. Feeling pretty good about my chances of leaving soon, and continuing my walk across America. I need to do this.

She started dancing at age 2 . . . . .

She was a little bitty thing, but she wanted to dance. Thousands of hours and hundreds of falls made her Strong! We took her all over Florida for competitions. She did well. Ballet, tap and jazz. Her feet hurt, her toes bled and she kept on. She finished by being invited to the Governors Honors program in Georgia. From there, she taught what she has learned. She still, to this day, puts it all out there, with whatever she is doing.

Sometimes, her feet hurt . . . . . ah, but she keeps going.

Congratulations girl.

two kinds of visits

Maybe there are two kinds of visits when you visit with folks that are sick or in pain.

Short visits and long visits.

I have noticed that folks that only visit for a few minutes have a tendency to think the person they are visiting is handling things better than they really are.

On the other hand, folks that visit for long periods may get a more realistic view, of what is going on.

It is possible that a person visiting and has been there awhile, may feel confused when someone new drops in and the patient brightens up for a bit. It doesn’t seem to be anything personal, just maybe a normal human response, to someone new walking in.

Caregivers have spoke to me about such things many times.

Seems like if we understand more we may get along better with our circumstances.