We love it when people ask us how we’re feeling, rather than telling us how they think we are doing. We love it even more when they listen to our response, and receive it in the genuine, sincere sense it is expressed. “I love you,” builds. “I worry (all the time)” destroys. If worry is a manifestation of love, then why not cut to the chase, and just love, building up strength in all?

Recurring themes:

I may have alluded to it, but I would need to check whether I cited it.

“But [Dr.] Horn said he believes Peyton will be back. ‘A lot of what dictates how people heal is their mental makeup,’ Horn said. ‘There’s no doubt he’s got a pretty strong mental makeup, and he’s got a great amount of fortitude and determination.’ ”
From “Surgeon gives insight into Manning’s possible problems*” retrieved on December 1, 2012, from

* Updated: Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012, 4:16 PM EST Published: Tuesday, 06 Sep 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

Dr. Horn is my spinal surgeon at Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine. I am preparing questions for him, and recalled the Peyton Manning link prior to our initial meeting. PM has been playing for Denver since then, and I have quipped to myself and in passing to others, about using his outcome as a sort of barometer in contemplating the timing of any surgery to address tumors and cysts compressing substantial portions of my spinal cord. (As amusing an anecdote as that may serve, I have a matrix of time-varying covariates at play–the greatest of which are quite serious. Always remember: laughter is a healing force in itself.) There are many fascinating asides here, but suffice it to say Dr. Lou places a whole lot of stock in fundamentals and preparation, while never neglecting the importance of INTANGIBLES. Come to find out, PM was born in the same year as I was, and we have more in common than I would have guessed when he was a QB for that orange-colored uniform school.

I am a fan of intangibles**, I am bringing quite the mental orientation and experience necessary for Team Przybysz to shine. Glad to know it factors into coach’s play book.

Now is the time to be receptive to the positive unknowns.

** Many folks saw Manti Te’o pushing the broom at the basketball game. I noticed him costumed as one of the zamboni drivers at the hockey game. TCB

Shout-out to Sky and NDWBB, following elevator ride with Assistant Coach Beth Morgan Cunningham. (No inadvertent autograph, as with the Hesburgh/Joyce elevator moment.)


Thank you for the exercises.
Form does not negate content. Understanding emerges through experience, not limited observation. (Deep study and engagement, or teaching and learning via playfulness equals a far better alternative route.)

Concerns about repetition or speaking to a child with the same level of respect given adults?
GHM reflections



It’s a course I didn’t get up to in my CE/GEOS curriculum, yet I have been reflecting on it more recently–particularly with respect to air as a fluid, walking on land, and walking in the pool. Two weeks of M-W-F visits to the therapy pool, and we missed Monday, but we were back today. Again, the Yin/Yang aspects of proper form and relaxation, drew my attention. What’s nice about having my background (athletically and via medical recoveries), is all I internalized and stored in my toolbox without realizing. So much was turned into fun play, even when it was work. The breakthrough today was at least double. First, I decided to ditch the noodle and take advantage of the forgiving fluid in the pool. This put more of my attention on the tactile sensation of my feet, and a more natural striding motion of my hands and arms, which contribute to better form. (In-between, some of these sessions when I’ve really set out to bolster strength/form/balance, I evaluated my mental approach, also. My orientation in the past had been to be receptive to improvements, but not expectant. I set out today with a commitment to relaxation.) Instead of getting bogged down in the lack of roll/elasticity from heel to toes and propelling forward while fending with excessive lateral dips, I was back in my comfort zone of enjoying learning how my body moves, and controlling what I still can(#2 breakthrough from the woman who taught me to walk again again again).

Moments of flow.The process is still the product.

“Even when we deal with major threats, we have the choice to remain receptive
to healing. No expectation. Just simply being a welcoming vessel in the
present state we inhabit. We are all connected, capable of enormous

It may help to situate ourselves within the larger historical disability rights movement. I came to consciousness as a deaf undergraduate, with mobility impairments to boot. I realize the identity work is very hard on many folks, but getting beyond our MISperceptions and preconceptions about what it means to be deaf or disabled, or to have a chronic genetic disorder, does open opportunities for us. We CAN control our minds. (Btw, MOST people change their life trajectory/major/career. The change isn’t a failure–we just need to flow with opportunities as they open.) Maintain a receptive orientation.
You are justifiably rooted in the fact that disability and discrimination–in a wide spectrum of forms–persist as social constructions, and are enacted and re-enacted in everyday life. That fact did not stop many folks who pushed for justice for all, and full inclusion. Be the change. We are ingenious in the way we adapt to so very many unpredictable changes we cannot control. Have fun building a broad base of tools and knowledge, and keep going out on limbs to take advantage of opportunities. It’s tons of fun being part of constructive, positive change.

(I gave a couple days for vents, but have to flip it to a pep talk, because we really do need everyone exploring individual potentials, and going out and showing ourselves and others what is possible, sometimes with only the slightest modification (many times leading to quality improvements).)

Pursue your passions and embrace the journey–every relationship is reciprocal and interdependent.

Yeah, we still dream of the day when we choose to work for the government out of service to our nation, and not for health insurance–when a private employer doesn’t balk at hiring someone with a medical condition because of the cost of insuring them. We just need to keep chipping away. Framing challenges in ways that empower us, is one way of tapping much-needed energy and momentum.

Strength and Love

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