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Adventure #2, as of Dec 31

Hi Folks, Here’s an update from my musings and activity from Dec 23 – 31 on this adventure back into PTCL-NOS. Quotes I Kept in Mind Last Week: “Dear God, give me wisdom, I am very much in need of it for this moment.” “I pray I am with you in the baptism of today.” Abe, many times a day Thanks Yous To Mom, my sisters Cindy & Susan, and brother-in-law Chris for making the Holiday Week so nice. And special kudos to Chris for a real life version of… Read More

Adventure #2, as of Dec 23

Hi Folks, Here’s an update from my musings and activity from Dec 16 – 23 on this adventure back into PTCL-NOS. Quotes I Kept in Mind Last Week: “Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” Thich Nhat Hanh “Life’s what happens while you are making plans.” Front cover of Winnipeg Free Press, sometime in 1974 Thanks Yous To my Mom and sister Cindy (she flew in… Read More

Adventure #2, as of Dec 16

Hi Folks, Here’s an update from my musings and activity from Dec 9 – 16 on this adventure back into PTCL-NOS. Please note I have no intent to make people feel dismayed (some of you commented some of this is bleak – yikes). Life is good, in a 1,000 ways. These notes are about that sliver of existence that runs in parallel to that river of whimsy, that’s all, and what has surprised me along the way. Quotes I Kept in Mind Last Week: I cannot change the direction of… Read More

Adventure #2, as of Dec 9

Hi Folks, Here’s an update from my musings and activity from Dec 2 – 9 on this adventure back into PTCL-NOS. Quotes I Kept in Mind Last Week: “My body is broken. But my life is still grand.”  I am sure many have said this – I cannot find one source. It’s times like these you learn to live again It’s times like these you give and give again It’s times like these you learn to love again It’s times like these time and time again Foo Fighters, Times Like… Read More

Adventure #2, as of Dec 2

Hi Folks, Here’s a quick update from my musings and activity in the week ending Dec 2 on this adventure back into PTCL-NOS. I have been in Southern Illinois at Mom’s place since Wednesday for the Turkey Day holiday. Now, Mom is next to me on an Alaska flight winging back to Seattle. She will be “local” for the rest of the treatment regimes. Luke Skywalker had Yoda and Obi Wan Kenobi. I have Mom who is the Zen master I lean on, and Dad sending me stories and jokes… Read More

Adventure #2, as of Nov 25

Hi Folks, Quick update from the week of activity from Nov 17-25 on this adventure back into PTCL-NOS. Quote I Keep in Mind: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2 I Feel Good Progress Was Made, Finally. Mon, Nov 18: The Last Straw. Sometimes you need that one last irritation to take action. Today, the original oncologist assigned to me, Dr. Chen, emailed me to say, “I have spoken to a general surgeon. And I have decided to refer you… Read More

Adventure #2, as of Nov 17

Hi Folks, A few developments to share about my adventure. First of all, I had meant to include Rekha Thomas and Peter Blossey, who live in Seattle and whom I have known for a long time. Rekha is a professor in the Department of Mathematics, and Peter is a researcher in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Second, status: The bumps on my body are measurably, visibly growing Now there’s one from impacted lymph nodes in my other underarm I have added a few shots in this unlisted gallery Thu, Nov… Read More

Just so you never wonder what in blazes I was thinking…

A friend and fellow cancer survivor, Leslie Tsui, mentioned to me that she had “set the record straight” with her kids after she was in remission. I loved that idea and shared the following my boys back in Sep 2019.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Paul and Sidd, my adventure with cancer clarified that only God knows what happens next. Therefore, I wanted to share some thoughts. NOW. 😊  1.      Forgiveness: I forgive you guys for anything you have done or will do. 2.      Luck: I am luckier than I can ever have envisioned… Read More

Happy Holidays, 2018!

Hi Folks, I do hope this note finds you happy, healthy and ahead of your own gameplan. May your 2019 be amazing. (I know, this is too long of a note. Worst comes to worst, enjoy the photos, quotes and book recommendations.  ) In a Forgotten LandAbe Pachikara, Copyright 2018 (Click for larger image) Pop quiz to start things off… I am curious, what was one good surprise for you in “your” 2018? What did you learn that will be useful going forward? What’s something you tried that didn’t get… Read More

Two Gentlemen Meet

One frigid evening in the dead of winter of 1970, my dad was tromping around from door to door. Why? He was selling peanuts to raise money for the Kinsmen. (Kinsmen is a men’s community service club.) But “frigid” was an understatement. Winter in the Canadian prairies is cold by anyone’s standards. Needless to say, underdressing worsens matters. When Dad knocked on the door of Abe and Elsie Suderman’s home, Mr. Suderman greeted him. Being an inquisitive man with a whimsical way of being, Abe noticed my dad’s low cut… Read More