Saturday, December 27, 2014

Saturday News

Contents of This Week Saturday News:

Definition: Mindfulness

Mindfulness From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mindfulness is "the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one's attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment", which can be trained by meditational practices derived from Buddhist anapanasati.

The term "mindfulness" is derived from the Pali-term sati, "mindfulness", which is an essential element of Buddhist practice, including vipassana, satipaṭṭhāna and anapanasati.

Mindfulness practice is being employed in psychology to alleviate a variety of mental and physical conditions, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and in the prevention of relapse in depression and drug addiction. It has gained worldwide popularity as a distinctive method to handle emotions.

Translations and Definitions


Sati and Smṛti

The Buddhist term translated into English as "mindfulness" originates in the Pali term sati and in its Sanskrit counterpart smṛti. The Abhidhammattha-sangaha, a key abhidharma text from the Theravada tradition, defines sati as follows:
The word sati derives from a root meaning 'to remember,' but as a mental factor it signifies presence of mind, attentiveness to the present, rather than the faculty of memory regarding the past. It has the characteristic of not wobbling, i.e. not floating away from the object. Its function is absence of confusion or non-forgetfulness. It is manifested as guardianship, or as the state of confronting an objective field. Its proximate cause is strong perception (thirasaññā) or the four foundations of mindfulness.

Video: Mindfulness

SSTattler: Five YouTubes about Jon Kabat-Zinn (and a brief introduction). There are more YouTubes about "Mindfulness", total 12 in this article. A little Jon Kabat-Zinn biography:

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., is a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He is professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was founding executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, as well as founder and former director of its world-renowned Stress Reduction Clinic. He is the author of Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness; Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life; Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness; and co-author, with his wife, Myla, of Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting. He lectures and leads retreats on mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for health professionals worldwide. He received a Pioneer in Integrative Medicine award from the Bravewell Collaborative in 2007 and the 2008 Mind & Brain Prize from the Center for Cognitive Science at the University of Turin, Italy. His books are in print in more than thirty languages.


Dec 14 / 2014

Anderson Cooper reports on what it's like to try to achieve "mindfulness," a self-awareness scientists say is very healthy, but rarely achieved in today's world of digital distractions.

The following is a script from "Mindfulness" which aired on Dec. 14, 2014. Anderson Cooper is the correspondent. Denise Schrier Cetta, producer. Matthew Danowski , editor.

Our lives are filled with distractions -- email, Twitter, texting we're constantly connected to technology, rarely alone with just our thoughts. Which is probably why there's a growing movement in America to train people to get around the stresses of daily life.

It's a practice called "mindfulness" and it basically means being aware of your thoughts, physical sensations, and surroundings.

Tonight, we'll introduce you to the man who's largely responsible for mindfulness gaining traction. His name is Jon Kabat-Zinn and he thinks mindfulness is the answer for people who are so overwhelmed by life, they feel they aren't really living at all.

SSTattler: This is a link to 60 Minutes - Mindfulness. A couple of annoy commercial but the rest is very good program. Just click-it below:

Eclectic Stuff

Definition: Eclectic(noun) a person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.

[Spirit September] Repost: Works Like a Charm

Pamela Hsieh
Rehab Revolution
04 September 2013

I came across this article in Mind Body Green, and it was so lovely I just had to repost it to share with you.

A bit about the author: Shelly Bullard is a student and teacher of Love. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (CA#51081) turned Love Coach. She believes romantic relationships are the way in which we spiritually transform. Our most profound growth comes from evolving through issues that arise in relationships, leading us to a deeper sense of joy, connection, and fulfillment in love. Shelly's purpose in life is to guide people through this process.

There are some people who just have it. You know, that thing . . .

They illuminate a room. Eyes follow them. The spotlight naturally and effortlessly is drawn to them.

What’s their secret? I know, and I’m going to tell you.

It’s called soul.

People who embody soul are irresistible. Seriously irresistible. Like, I-can’t-take-my-eyes-off-you irresistible. Uh-huh, it’s that good.

You're Already Awesome. Just Get Out of Your Own Way!

Ramon Florendo
Life after a “STROKE"
Published on May 11, 2013

SSTattler: Re-published on Oct 25, 2014 You're Already Awesome....

By Judson Brewer MD, Ph.D.

We have all experienced moments in our lives where everything just comes together in some almost magical way --whether playing music, participating in a sport, or just getting totally absorbed in a project. These moments are timeless, effortless, completely free of worry and delicious! As described by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, this is "flow" and is often a hallmark of exemplary performance -- whether it is Michael Jordan scoring 50 points in a basketball game, or someone rising to a challenge that they never thought they would be able to handle.

We're lucky if we get into this "flow state" a few times in our entire lives. Is this flow state that hard to achieve? Is it more accessible to all of us than we think? And are we the only barrier that is keeping us getting into flow?

Judson Brewer MD PhD, an addiction psychiatrist and neuroscientist at Yale University outlines several common ways that we get in our own way. Using examples such as Lolo Jones tripping on a hurdle in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and smokers resisting their cravings, he describes how we can get caught up in thinking, as well as resisting our own body sensations as ways that we prevent ourselves from performing optimally, in whatever situation arises.

Mindfulness and You

Dean Reinke
Deans' Stroke Musing
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Just in case you want to try this. I am 100% certain you won't hear about this from your doctor. But don't do this dangerous meditation without your doctors ok.

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Grace Carpenter
My Happy Stroke
Thursday, November 3, 2011

Many times a day, I remind myself that I have to put weight on my right leg and hip when I am getting up from a sitting position. If I forget, I often sit down and try again.

Is this mindfulness? If not, what is it?

See the original article:

Taking It In

Steven H. Cornelius
Music and Stroke
January 22, 2013

Last night I went to a lecture/workshop focusing on music’s potential to heal. While I don’t doubt music’s healing potential, I was underwhelmed with the session itself.

The evening began with a quick definition of mindfulness,* which was followed by a breathing exercise during which we were instructed to stand, close our eyes, and imagine our breath entering through our feet then exiting from the back of our heads.

I think I got it. I was supposed to experience the rhythmic life-giving fluidity of breathing through my entire body. But for me, opening these imaginative pathways was quite an intuitive leap (counterintuitive, actually), one that would require both quiet mental focus and practice time to accomplish. Yet, after fewer than ten breaths the facilitator had us listen to the main theme of Bach’s Goldberg Variations while continuing our breathing exercise.

Breathe and listen mindfully, we were instructed. Maybe I am slow, but I was far from able truly to attend and commit to both tasks simultaneously.

When the music ended, our facilitator told us how our limbs were tingling with the energy we had just tapped into. They were? Alas, the only tingling I felt was from my incredulity.

Happiness is Biochemical

Rebecca Dutton
Home After a Stroke
December 26, 2013

"Your brain is like Velcro for negative experiences and like Teflon for positive ones," says Rick Hanson (1, p. 41).  When we briefly notice positive experiences they slip away the way a fried egg slides out of a Teflon-coated pan.  On the other hand, the stone age brain we inherited is wired to quickly detect and store negative experiences that may be threats.

To protect us, our brains developed superfast pathways that fire without our conscious awareness, like the reflex that yanks our hand away from something hot.  A brain scan study found that an area of the brain called the amygdala lit up faster when people saw fearful faces than when they saw neutral or happy faces (2).  Subjects remembered more fearful faces than neutral or happy faces when shown the photos a second time 24 hours later.  When information is tagged as negative the amygdala tells the brain to immediately send that information to long-term memory (1).  It is good to remember that a fearful face could mean danger.  However, playing negative experiences over and in our heads is not always helpful.

My goal for being happier is not to turn into a bubbly person who does not feel angry or sad.
My goal is to balance the good and bad.  Surprisingly being happy does not require a positive attitude.  It requires concrete action.  Meditation has a positive affect on mood (3,4), but meditation requires disciple and time.  Simpler actions can change the brain.


Rocky Mountain Stroke Survivors
June 5, 2013

I’ve heard about mindfulness for years… always some sort of mumbo-jumbo about how I should be centered in the moment and be okay with whatever happened.  Emptying your mind of anything but the present.  Even instructions on how to do this were never helpful to me.  I’d try to control my thoughts and they’d always come back.  Or I’d try to just let them be and not try to do anything with them but then they’d control me.

About a month ago, I ran across a book that spoke to my current situation better than any other.  The Reality Slap: Finding Peace and Fulfillment When Life Hurts by Russ Harris actually explains mindfulness in a way that makes sense to my western-steeped brain and teaches step-by-step how to be present with your emotions without letting them rule your life.  The author points out that in our culture, we are taught to either control our emotions or let them control us; we are not taught any other way of having feelings, especially the big feelings about big things.  He teaches a third way: being compassionately interested in our emotions and sensations without getting swept away by them.  Sounded impossible to me before reading his book, but I’m learning how.

The title of the book comes from the concept of a reality gap, the space between how things are and how one wants them to be.  Sometimes a reality gap can be closed through your own actions (for example, by working more hours to earn more money) but sometimes there is nothing anyone can do about a reality gap (for example, having a stroke, getting a divorce, or someone dying).  Mindfulness is about continuing to exist while living with a reality gap.  The reality slap is the sudden event that starts a gap… the stroke, the diagnosis, the phone call, the summons.  It’s when life smacks you  up-side the head.

What made this book stand out for me even more than the clear and interesting writing was the fact that the author has suffered a reality slap.  His only child was diagnosed with autism after months of evaluations for significant developmental delays.  The author is not just some expert touting his specialty, he’s a human being who suffered a terrible reality gap.  Honestly, I’d rather suffer all sorts of things myself than let anything bad happen to my children.

What books have helped you most in dealing with the unexpected in your life?

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Guidelines for Treatment of Problem Gambling

Bill Yates
Brain Posts
18th August / 2014

Despite the prevalence and impact of problem gambling, few summaries or guidelines address treatment.

Searching the website shows no recent additions to the guideline literature.

A guideline was published by the Singapore Ministry of Health in 2011. This guideline is still relevant and highlights some of the key elements of a problem gambling treatment program.

I will summarize some of these key elements from this source titled: "Management of gambling disorders".  In their summary they highlight the level of evidence and research for each element. I will focus on those with the highest level of research support.

Screening: Screening for problem gambling is not recommended for all the general primary care population.  However, screening for problem gambling is recommended for patients at high risk including those with "frequent physical or psychological complaints, or who have a history of substance/alcohol use problems". Additionally screening for problem gambling is recommended as part of psychiatric assessments for mental health evaluation.

Statins - Again.

A Year of Living In My Head
Saturday, December 20, 2014

I returned to taking a daily dose of statins.  It started slow - my internist wanted me on them, even if it was once a week. My neurologist wanted me on them. Both extolled its virtues endlessly.  I slowly, over the course of 6 months, went on a daily dose again.

Thing is, I almost checked myself into the ER last week because I was losing it verbally. I could not recall simple words. People's names. Every once in a while I could not finish a sentence without slurring. My boss started noticing. Spell simple words like "quiet". Then I remembered. (Which is a big deal!)

It is the damn statin. Went off of it a week ago and it all came back. That is a scary drug for me if I need to work and be a modicum of clever. It takes my verbal abilities far, far, away.  Luckily they were still there in my brain. A double-edged sword... supposed to be on it for stroke risk prevention, but I can't if I am to perform in a work setting.  I know this does not effect people the same way, and I wish I had mellower side effects. It is a dance we do.  Survival chances, health risks, life choices... prescription drugs.

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Poor Taste Public Service Announcement!

Peter G. Levine
Stronger After Stroke
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Have a look at this cartoon. In poor taste, yes. But it manages to raise awareness and it does it in a way that is comically accurate. Here is your quiz: Watch the vid and then do this: Just below the cartoon, highlight the invisible text by right clicking and dragging to the bottom of the post. Therein lies my observation of what the cartoon gets right. If you'd like me to add anything I've missed, put it in the comments or email me.

Standard YouTube License @ thepower961's channel

Highlight text below↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓

Busier Than A Cat Covering --- Well, You Know the Saying

The Pink House On The Corner
Saturday, December 20, 2014

I tell you, this is my first "day off" in awhile, and this is also An Official Poop Day... An Official Poop Day is, here at The Pink House, a day when I have to give Bob a laxative and then wait for, well, the shit to hit fan, or, um, I should say "to hit the Depends" quite literally...

So while I wait, I figured I'd update this blog.

It has been soooo busy here, I swear, my head is spinning.

This past couple of weeks, I have:

1. Taken the Bobmobile to the dealer because the ramp would not go up -- turned out to be a loose motor connection or something like that. At least they didn't charge me to fix it.

2. Found, interviewed and hired a CNA to work with Bob twice weekly (for two hours/day) with his speech therapy and physical therapy at home exercises. This way, I don't have to do these things! And I have someone here so I can do other things! Yes!!

3. Met with an insurance agent to sign up for health insurance for myself. (And to make my father happy.)

Keeping One's Word: Speech Therapy for Aphasia

Mark A. Ittleman
The Teaching of Talking
Dec 22 / 2014

Keeping ones word to another person is one of the most basic of all communication courtesies.  It shows care, respect, and integrity.

Integrity is saying you are going to do something and doing it.  One can have integrity with the self and others.  Dishonoring ones integrity to self or others sets up future failure for relationships, and even personal health.

There’s an old expression about integrity.  Without integrity, nothing works.  Imagine what would happen if your employer promised you your wages, and then failed to do so.  Imagine what would happen if you have an appointment with the doctor, lawyer, or even a friend, and you appear, and the one who promised his time or services was not.  What would happen if it was repeated more than once?  Integrity is also a key component in marriage; without it, it does not survive.

We expect others to keep their word, and when it is not kept, there is nothing but disappointment, and sadness.

For some, personal integrity is learned from childhood, and is part of the “make-up” of the individual.  For others it is something that is out of the realm of consciousness, and has never been cultivated or reinforced.

Positive News for New Stroke Treatment - Clot Removal

Jeff Porter
Stroke of Faith
Thursday, December 18, 2014

There's promising news that there's more than one way to battle a clot-related stroke. Maybe, in some circumstances, better than current medical treatment.

Read here about a study showing how clot removal proves mettle in large-vessel strokes:
Survival with little or no disability as measured by a modified Rankin score of no more than 2 occurred in 32.6% of patients who got intra-arterial treatment compared with 19.1% who got medical treatment alone, they reported online in the New England Journal of Medicine. 
The intra-arterial treatments used were predominantly retrievable stents (82%) atop IV thrombolytics (87%), with the rest largely accounted for by additional thrombolytics given directly into the affected artery. 
Mortality came out similar between groups, and there was no excess risk of symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage with the interventional strategy in the trial. 
A Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery release called it the "most significant stroke treatment clinical trial since NINDS-2," which led to approval of IV tissue plasminogen activator (tPA).
So, here's some new information that might give even more hope to stroke patients, with better potential outcome and less disability. Worth keeping a watch on this one.

See the original article:

A Peaceful Christmas by Design

Rebecca Dutton
Home After a Stroke
December 16, 2014

The holidays can be both joyful and exhausting.  I prevent the fatigue that drains my Christmas spirit by simplifying how I decorate.  Smart choices make it less tiring to put up, take down, and pack away Christmas decorations.  I put fewer ornaments on the tree and no longer add tinsel.  The sparse look took some getting used to.  However, feeling happy when I turn on the tree lights and play Christmas music is wonderful.  I no longer think "I will not decorate next year."  

To see how I prevent falls when I decorate the tree click here.  Falls also do not make a peaceful Christmas.


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Amy Shissler
My Cerebellar Stroke Recovery
December 18, 2014

In my last post, I wrote about how it takes me a long time to completely let go of something.  Well, here’s an example of that.  I woke up this morning for some reason real angry about the a-holes that threatened me, a stroke victim, with lawsuits a couple of months ago because they were trying to bully me and scare me into submission.  This is including someone whose job it is to make people feel better and help.  People pay her for help.  On an episode of Dr. Phil recently, he said that an epidemic that is ruining this country is entitlement.  I don’t think that Dr. Phil could be more right if Dr. Phil tried to be more right.  Sooooooo many people have seemed to think that I am indebted to them for something or owe them something.  Why?  Some people gave me some help, without my asking, and think I owe them.  Some people gave me some gifts, without my asking, and think I owe them.  Some people just thought I owed them something because – well I’m not sure why.

If you would like to give someone some help, do it without expecting anything in return.  And don’t put conditions on your help either.  You’ll feel a lot better and get a lot more in return if you do not expect something in return.  If it’s not expected, believe me you’ll get a whole hell of a lot.  Unless you have a signed contract that says someone owes you something, no one owes you anything and it’s a terrible thing to tell someone or say anything to someone else that makes them feel indebted to you, as has been done to me A LOT.

Please, please consider taking my advice about all things physical therapy.  But before you do, please read the disclaimer I have at the bottom of this page.  Please, please consider taking my advice about the need for meditation.  Please, please consider NOT taking my former advice, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, about a yoga teacher to hire.  I feel that I was badly manipulated when I would recommend and speak so highly of that person.

Happy birthday baby EJ I love you!!!!!

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Weekly Columnists

Sunday Stroke Survival: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee!

Jo Murphey
The Murphey Saga
Sunday, December 21, 2014

Watch out for obstacles.
Watch out for cars.
Watch your p's and q's.
Wake up and smell the coffee!

I could go on forever with these, but I'll stop with these.

What am I getting at? Warnings? No, these are all things you should be mindful of. How many times did your mother utter the second one? Every time you went outside when you were younger. When did she stop? When she felt that you would do it automatically or became a habit to do so.

Jackie The Jester: Lettuce, Whores and Hockey Players

Jackie Poff
Stroke Survivors Tattler
A man in a Florida supermarket tried to buy half a head of lettuce. The very young produce assistant told him that they sell only whole heads of lettuce. The man persisted and asked to see the manager.

The boy said he'd ask his manager about it. Walking into the back room, the boy said to his manager: 'Some asshole wants to buy half a head of lettuce.'

As he finished his sentence, he turned to find the man standing right behind him, so he added, 'And this gentleman has kindly offered to buy the other half.'

The manager approved the deal, and the man went on his way.

Later the manager said to the boy, 'I was impressed with the way you got yourself out of that situation earlier. We like people who think on their feet here. Where are you from, son?'

'Canada, sir,' the boy replied.

'Well, why did you leave Canada?' the manager asked.

The boy said, 'Sir, there's nothing but whores and hockey players up there.'

‘Really?' said the manager. 'My wife is from Canada.'

‘No shit?' replied the boy. 'Who'd she play for?'

TED Talks - Verna Myers:
         How to Overcome our Biases?
              Walk Boldly Toward Them

Published on Dec 15, 2014

Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Verna Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.

Standard YouTube License @ TED

Rick Mercer Report: Rick Goes Ballroom Dancing

Published on Nov 19, 2014

Rick joins ballroom dance champion Jean Marc Genereux at the Rocky Mountain Dancesport Grand Prix in Calgary, AB.

Standard YouTube License @ Rick Mercer Report

Laid-Back Administration:
      City / Sub-Continent for Jan-1 to Dec-10 This Year

Dr. Beagle C. Cranium
Stroke Survivors Tattler
      The SSTattler maps by "Users" are from Jan/1/2014 up to Dec/10/2014 for ever sub-continent (except the whole continent of Africa). I will add some trivial personal comments for each sub-continent and at least % of the top country and % of the top city in sub-continent.

Great year of 2014 for SSTattler!

Dr. Beagle C. Cranium
Stroke Survivors Tattler

North America
  • The USA has 64% of Users and the top city has New York 1.5% Users.
  • Canada has 36% of Users and the top city has Edmonton 16.0% Users.
  • Every state/province/territories has covered by Users (not necessarily from the map).
  • The "Users" is a just an approximate.
North America

North Europe

Daily Comics

For Better and For Worse
Lynn Johnston

Canada Family Events
Scott Adams

Dilbert Office Events

Edmonton Journal
Malcolm Mayes
Politics Views from Canada

Garry Trudeau

Politics Views from USA

** I tried to get low or free price at the people for the images for the cartoons. It was too high for Stroke Survivors Tattler i.e. we are not a regular newspaper and our budget is very, very low. Fortunately, you will have to do only 1-click more to see the cartoon image, it is legit and it is free using and


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday News

Contents of This Week Saturday News:

Definition: GoPro

GoPro From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

GoPro, Inc. (formerly Woodman Labs, Inc) is an American corporation that develops, manufactures and markets high-definition personal cameras, often used in extreme action video photography. They are compact, lightweight, rugged, and are wearable or mountable on vehicles. The cameras capture still photos or video in HD through a wide-angle lens, and can be configured to work automatically with minimum intervention, or remotely controlled.

SSTattler: Perfect for stroke survivors. Use a) one-hand or b) even zero-hand or c) your head d) any other part of your body or e) ... etc etc etc !!  See lots of examples in ▷ Rick Mercer Report - many many on his head, 1 up to 4 GoPro (that I can see) on the various vehicles, the front of his ski’s, ...

The company is based in San Mateo, California.


The company was founded by Nick Woodman in 2002. Woodman started the company following a 2002 surf trip to Australia in which he was hoping to capture quality action photos of his surfing but could not because amateur photographers could not get close enough or obtain quality equipment at accessible prices. His desire for a camera system that could capture the professional angles inspired the 'GoPro' name.

Woodman initially raised money for his company by selling bead and shell belts for under US $20 out of his VW van and, later, fashionable camera straps.

Video: GoPro

  1. I picked 15 YouTubes from Jan/’14 to Jun/’14 (thousands more in GoPro/YouTube),
  2. They're possible to make the GoPro/YouTube with disability stroke (and most others, say 90%, do not).
  3. I think GoPro is perfect mounted on a helmet or mounted on an ‘cycle e.g.  Tadpole (recumbent ‘ cycle) and especially a gift for Xmas (hint, hint,...)!

GoPro: Snorkeling With Humpback Whales

Published on Nov 15, 2014

Cecil and Mallory Johnson snorkel with a group of majestic humpback whales off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

Shot 100% on the HERO3+® camera.

Standard YouTube License @ GoPro

The Best of 2014 Stroke Survivors Tattler
by Dr. Beagle C. Cranium

Merry Christmas
for the 
Great Guest Bloggers on SSTattler:

The Best of 2014: Stroke Survivors Tattler
  • Introduction
  • Best of Saturday News with YouTube & Vimeo
  • Best of Comics
  • Best of Eclectic Stuff with Guest Bloggers
    • Best of TEDTalks -  Technology, Entertainment and Design
    • Best of Tadpole Update -  Spokes Fighting Strokes
    • Best of Rick Mercer Report - Intelligence, humorous, politics


Today is near to Christmas and most people like Christmas -- it is a very beautiful holiday.   Christians have Christmas, Jews have Hanukkah, people of African descent have Kwanzaa, others celebrate the Solstice, Buddhists remember the five precepts... but all people giving gifts, kindness, love, peace to all mankind.

It is time to reflect what happened to the this year especially what happened to Stroke Survivors Tattler site.

Eclectic Stuff

Definition: Eclectic(noun) a person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.

A Great Camera for Stroke Survivors

Rebecca Dutton
Home After a Stroke
August 21, 2011

Giving Power Point presentations to stroke support groups forced me to learn how to use a digital camera.  Using my camera for a year showed me I have a new hobby I can enjoy. Now I e-mail photos to my family, put photos on my blog, put photos on coffee mugs, use photos to get my landlord to fix things around my house, and have a way to save beautiful memories like this visit to Sayen Gardens.  Here are some problems I had to solve along the way.

(1) I knew I would have trouble holding the camera still with one hand so I wouldn't get blurry photos. Cannon has several cameras with Image Stabilization which corrects for movement that occurs when I press down on the shutter button.  (2)  Instead of buying on-line, I went to a store so I could play with several different cameras.  Going through sub-menus to choose different focus options was difficult with one hand.  My Cannon Power Shot A1100 model has a round dial on top of the camera that I can turn to different settings.  I turn the dial so the arrow is pointing to the small icon I want and I'm done.

(3)  I had to learn to use three fingers of my sound hand to hold the camera while the index finger of the same hand pushes the shutter button.  (4) Using my sound left hand creates another problem.  Shutter buttons are always on the right so sometimes I get a photo with a finger partially covering the lens (see bottom right corner of photo).  I'm saved by viewing a photo and reshooting if needed.  (5)  Impaired standing balance forces me to look at my surroundings to stay vertical.  Holding the camera at arm's length to look at the LCD monitor instead of holding the camera to my face to look through the viewfinder solves this problem.  Anti-depressants don't just come in the form of a pill.

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[vlog] Mission Statement

Pamela Hsieh
Rehab Revolution
14 May 2012

On Wednesday of last week, one of my favorite leaders in the world of business and entrepreneurship, Marie Forleo, announced a YouTube video contest for free tuition to her RHH B-School program coming up shortly. I’ve been dreaming of attending B-School for as long as I’ve known about it (two years?), so of course I decided instantly to jump on this opportunity.

Not my camera, FYI . . .
but a nice one nonetheless.
I’ve done short (albeit crappy) “vlogs” (video blogs) on here before for you, but because I’m not particularly video savvy, they have been few and far between. Because the contest required videos to be under two minutes, due to the supreme time crunch (filming a substantial video in less than a week is pretty fricking overwhelming!), and I was going all out, I’ve got a TON of extra footage so I can make an extended version for you later on (within the next two weeks).

The video for the contest is due in two and a half hours, and I only slept about that much last night(!), but fortunately, I’m ahead of the game and am uploading it to YouTube as I write this(!!!).