Archive for November 2007

now THIS is a wedding dance

November 30, 2007

this is awesome. I wish Theresa and I had done this at our wedding.

Health through motion…..

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Choosing from the heart

November 30, 2007

I’ve read this story a number of times and it came across my path again. I’ve always enjoyed it and thought I’d share it here.

The Red Rose – A Meeting of the Heart
by: Author Unknown

John Blanchard stood up from the bench, straightened his
Army uniform, and studied the crowd of people making their
way through Grand Central Station. He looked for the girl
whose heart he knew, but whose face he didn’t, the girl with
the rose.

His interest in her had begun thirteen months before in a
Florida library. Taking a book off the shelf he found
himself intrigued, not with the words of the book, but with
the notes penciled in the margin. The soft handwriting
reflected a thoughtful soul and insightful mind. In the
front of the book, he discovered the previous owner’s name,
Miss Hollis Maynell.

With time and effort he located her address. She lived in
New York City. He wrote her a letter introducing himself and
inviting her to correspond. The next day he was shipped
overseas for service in World War II. During the next year
and one month the two grew to know each other through the
mail. Each letter was a seed falling on a fertile heart. A
romance was budding. Blanchard requested a photograph, but
she refused. She felt that if he really cared, it wouldn’t
matter what she looked like.

When the day finally came for him to return from Europe,
they scheduled their first meeting – 7:00 PM at the Grand
Central Station in New York. “You’ll recognize me,” she
wrote, “by the red rose I’ll be wearing on my lapel.” So at
7:00 he was in the station looking for a girl whose heart he
loved, but whose face he’d never seen.

I’ll let Mr. Blanchard tell you what happened:

“A young woman was coming toward me, her figure long and
slim. Her blonde hair lay back in curls from her delicate
ears; her eyes were blue as flowers. Her lips and chin had a
gentle firmness, and in her pale green suit she was like
springtime come alive. I started toward her, entirely
forgetting to notice that she was not wearing a rose. As I
moved, a small, provocative smile curved her lips.” “Going
my way, sailor?” she murmured. “Almost uncontrollably I made
one step closer to her, and then I saw Hollis Maynell. She
was standing almost directly behind the girl. A woman well
past 40, she had graying hair tucked under a worn hat. She
was more than plump, her thick-ankled feet thrust into low-
heeled shoes. The girl in the green suit was walking quickly

I felt as though I was split in two, so keen was my desire
to follow her, and yet so deep was my longing for the woman
whose spirit had truly companioned me and upheld my own.

And there she stood. Her pale, plump face was gentle and
sensible, her gray eyes had a warm and kindly twinkle. I did
not hesitate. My fingers gripped the small worn blue leather
copy of the book that was to identify me to her. This would
not be love, but it would be something precious, something
perhaps even better than love, a friendship for which I had
been and must ever be grateful. I squared my shoulders and
saluted and held out the book to the woman, even though
while I spoke I felt choked by the bitterness of my

“I’m Lieutenant John Blanchard, and you must be Miss
Maynell. I am so glad you could meet me; may I take you to

The woman’s face broadened into a tolerant smile. “I don’t
know what this is about, son,” she answered, “but the young
lady in the green suit who just went by, she begged me to
wear this rose on my coat. And she said if you were to ask
me out to dinner, I should go ahead and tell you that she is
waiting for you in the big restaurant across the street. She
said it was some kind of test!”

Shake it Off and Step Up!

November 21, 2007

I loved this story and I can DEFINITELY relate to the mule. Many times in my life (and yours too, I’ll bet) I’ve had to ‘shake it off and step up’.

And on this note, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, we in the Egoscue Clinic of Austin hope you get to spend time this holiday weekend with people you love.

Shake It Off And Step Up
Author Unknown

A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The
mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule
‘braying’ – or – whatever mules do when they fall into
wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer
sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule
nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he
called his neighbors together and told them what had
happened…and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the
old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer
and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his
back…a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that
every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back…HE
SHOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP! This he did, blow after

“Shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up…
shake it off and step up!” he repeated to encourage himself.
No matter how painful the blows, or distressing the
situation seemed the old mule fought “panic” and just kept

You’re right! It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered
WELL! What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed
him…all because of the manner in which he handled his

THAT’S LIFE! If we face our problems and respond to them
positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or
HOPE…all are excellent ways to “SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP”
out of the wells in which we find ourselves!

another study showing healing impacts of green tea

November 11, 2007

I’ve posted other articles on this subject. Green tea is showing much promise in clinical research, demonstrating many different health benefits. This study shows its benefits regarding sepsis, or systemic bacterial infection:

ScienceDaily (Nov. 8, 2007) — A major component of green tea could prove the perfect elixir for severe sepsis, an abnormal immune system response to a bacterial infection. In a new laboratory study, Haichao Wang, PhD, of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and his colleagues have been studying the therapeutic powers of dozens of Chinese herbal compounds in reversing a fatal immune response that kills 225,000 Americans every year. They found that an ingredient in green tea rescued mice from lethal sepsis — and the findings could pave the way to clinical trials in patients.

You can read the article here.

And on that same page is a link to another article about the impact of green tea as an anti-bacterial.

Do I drink green tea? Sometimes, but honestly, I’m not a big tea drinker. So for now, I use what appears to be a very high quality product from the good folks at Premier Research Labs, their green tea extract. It’s a concentrated liquid, a quarter teaspoon is the equivalent of drinking multiple cups of green tea (don’t remember how many, but it’s potent). I’m not trying to promote their products, but they do make great stuff. Natural sourced, excipient-free (which is a whole different topic), very high quality.

I just found a PDF data sheet on this product, here’s a link to it if you’re interested.

Just to be clear, I’m not recommending anyone take this, just showing you what I do. Given the research that is accumulating on green tea, it makes sense to me to supplement my diet with the key phytochemicals found in it.

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Downwind from flowers

November 11, 2007

Got this from an email list to which I subscribe. I loved it.

Healing is an interesting thing. To pretend we know all the facets involved in health is supreme arrogance. To call us humans ‘complex beings’ is the ultimate understatement. If you have pain, does restoring postural health hold promise of eliminating it? Absolutely. Our collective clinical experience shows this thousands upon thousands of times over.

Yet there is far more to being ‘well’ than having all the lab tests come back clean. Yes, we want strong, healthy bodies. But can a body become and remain strong if the heart and spirit inside it is sick or bitter or hateful? Love, compassion and gratitude are powerful things that can effect profound changes upon our physiology. This is simply one more story illustrating this very important point.


Lee Paton is the hospice nurse who told the following story,
submitted by Linda Ross Swanson and published in Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul.

See the book for the whole story.

Tenzin’s Story. Tenzin was a Tibetan refugee who lived in Seattle, Washington.
At the age of 52 he was diagnosed with lymphoma, and he received his first dose of chemotherapy.
During the treatment he became extremely angry and upset.
He pulled the IV out of his arm and refused to cooperate.
He shouted at the nurses and became argumentative with everyone who came near him.
The doctors and nurses were baffled.
Tenzin’s wife explained that Tenzin had been a political prisoner of the Chinese for 17 years.
Soldiers had killed his first wife and repeatedly tortured and brutalized Tenzin.
The hospital rules and regulations, coupled with the chemotherapy treatments,
gave Tenzin horrible flashbacks of the Chinese military.
His wife told the doctors that they were unknowingly causing him to feel hatred—
just like he felt toward the Chinese.
He said he would rather die than have to live with the hatred he is feeling.
His wife noted that according to their belief,
it is very bad to have hatred in your heart at the time of death.
Tenzin wanted to have time and space to pray and cleanse his heart.

After this the doctors discharged Tenzin
with the provision that the hospice team would visit him in his home.
Lee, as we stated, was the hospice nurse assigned to his care.
Lee called Amnesty International for advice.
A representative told her to ―talk it through‖ with Tenzin, and then he said, ―
This person has lost his trust in humanity, and feels hope is impossible.
If you are to help him, you must find a way to give him hope.

Lee said she encouraged Tenzin to talk about his experiences, but,
―he held up his hand and stopped me.”
He told her, ―I must learn to love again if I am to heal.
Please don’t ask me questions about those experiences.
Help me to love again.

Lee then asked him, how she could help him love again?
He replied, Sit down with me, drink my tea and eat my cookies.

So Tenzin, his wife and Lee sat together, drinking tea, for weeks.
They worked with his doctors during this time too, to treat his pain,
but it was his spiritual pain that was decreasing.
When the spring came, Lee asked Tenzin what Tibetans do when they are ill in the spring.
He smiled brightly, she said, and he told her,
We sit downwind from flowers.
He explained, Tibetans sit downwind so they can be dusted with the pollen
from the new blossoms that floats on the spring breezes.

One of Lee’s friends suggested that Tenzin visit some of the local flower nurseries.
Lee called the manager of one of the nurseries and explained the situation.
The manager’s initial response was: `You want to do what?’
But, when I explained the request, the manager agreed,
Lee stated. ―The next weekend, I took Tenzin and his wife, with their provisions for the afternoon….
The following weekend, Tenzin and his wife visited another nursery.
The third weekend, they went to yet another.
The fourth week, I received several calls from the nursery owners or managers
inviting Tenzin and his wife to come again, Lee wrote.
” One of the managers said, ̳We’ve got a new shipment of nicotiana coming in
and some wonderful fuchsias, and oh, yes, some great daphne.
I know they would love the scent of that daphne. And, I almost forgot!
We have some new lawn furniture that Tenzin and his wife might enjoy.’

Later that day, I got a call from another manager
telling me that they had colorful wind socks that would help Tenzin predict where the wind was blowing.
People began to know and care about the Tibetan couple, Lee said.
The nursery employees started setting out the lawn furniture in the direction of the wind.
Others would bring out fresh hot water for their tea.
Some of the regular customers would leave their wagons of flowers near Tenzin and his wife.
It seemed that a community was growing around them.
By the end of the summer, when Tenzin returned to his doctor for another CT scan,
his doctor could find no evidence of cancer at all.
He was dumbfounded.
He told Tenzin that he just couldn’t explain it.
Tenzin lifted his finger up and said,
`I know why the cancer has gone away.
It could no longer live in a body that is filled with love….
When I began to feel all the compassion from the hospice people, from the nursery employees,
and all those people who wanted to know about me, I started to change inside.
Now, I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to heal in this way.
Doctor, please don’t think that your medicine is the only cure.
Sometimes compassion can cure cancer, as well.’

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how to escape automated phone hell and talk to a human

November 5, 2007

This site isn’t new, just new to me. Tired of having to press 18 different keys to try to talk with a real person when you call different companies? Here’s a website with information on what to press to get a real person instead of another layer of automated prompts:


For the golfers

November 4, 2007

so it’s been a few weeks since I last posted. For you golfers, I assure you the wait will be worth it.

For those who want me to just cut to the chase and don’t want the backstory, here it is: if you want to improve your golf game, go to and buy the two DVDs, one on the full swing, one on putting. Then watch them, then do the drills. You will be amazed at the results.

Now for the backstory.

We live in an information age. So much of it is flying around it’s impossible to research everything that comes across my mental radar. So if I hear about something just once, it has to be very compelling to get me to invest some time looking into it. But if it comes across my radar a second or third time, then I feel like the universe is trying to tell me something.

So about a month or so ago I get a new client, a gentleman who used to play on the PGA tour some years back and even won an event before physical issues drove him from the game. Two hip replacements and over a dozen years later, he wants to get his body back to make a run at the senior tour. He tells me he trains with a coach in Hot Springs, AR, David Lee, who developed a golf instruction method called “Gravity Golf”. I mentally file it away as interesting but not compelling. Then the next week I get another new golfer client, someone who is also trying to get his body into shape to make a run at the senior tour. And guess who he trains with? Yep, David Lee. Both tell me, basically, that as an avid golfer myself, I would be dumber than a bag of bricks if I didn’t begin utilizing David’s methods. And, they tell me, he’s a huge Egoscue fan to boot!

I look into him a bit and find that he’s been listed by Golf Magazine as one of America’s Top 100 golf instructors. I look at the website and find it interesting. So I call. We play phone tag for a few days and then finally connect. David, simply put, is a total class act, an absolute gentleman and could not have been nicer. He tells me he’ll send me his DVDs and then – get this – invites me to come spend a day with him at his training facility in Hot Springs! I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer but when one of the top 100 golf instructors in the country offers to spend a day working with me privately, I say ‘yes sir, and when would you like to do this?’. We schedule a day a few weeks out before the weather turns too cold and agree to talk in a few weeks to confirm.

I get the videos a few days later and promptly watch them. His method makes total sense and is intuitively correct to me. It’s like Egoscue for the golf swing. I go out the next day and do some of the drills, quite poorly I’m sure, but I do them. Then a few days later I go play 18 and I had a stretch of 8 holes where I drove the ball as well as I’ve ever driven it in my life.

Long story a little shorter, Theresa and I drove to Hot Springs last weekend, me to get help for my golf game and her to do the spa thing. We had an awesome time! The DVDs are great but working with David personally was just tremendous. I came away with a better understanding of my swing than I’ve ever had, and knowing exactly what to do to improve it. And even better, Theresa, David, and Crickett (David’s wife) and I developed a friendship that I hope will endure for many years to come. They are both simply awesome people who could not have been nicer or more gracious.

Gravity Golf is the real deal, folks. If you are just learning the game, there is no better way to get started. If you’ve been a golfer for some time and are frustrated at working hard on the range but not seeing any consistent improvement, this is DEFINITELY for you. And while the DVDs are awesome and highly recommended, once you get them if this resonates with you and you want to pursue it, you need to go to one of his golf school weekends. You will improve so much you won’t believe it. And just as importantly, it will simplify in your mind what’s needed to improve. I’ve been able to forget about scouring the golf magazines for the latest hot teaching technique or new drill. I’m just focused on doing my drills and having fun.

Golf is a great sport, but it can be exceptionally frustrating at times. If you want to truly improve, plug into David Lee and Gravity Golf.