Day 1305: All you need

As I went back to work yesterday —  after being away for weeks because of pneumonia and heart failure — it was obvious what I needed.

Do my photos from yesterday reveal what I needed?

IMG_3684

IMG_3685

IMG_3686

IMG_3687

IMG_3689

IMG_3690

IMG_3691

IMG_3692

IMG_3693

IMG_3694

IMG_3695

IMG_3696

IMG_3697

 

IMG_3699

IMG_3698

All I need in the near future is love, work, and seeing my son Aaron in that Arlington Children’s Theater production of Anything Goes!

All this post needs  is some great music (here and here on Youtube):

What’s all you need, here and now?

Thanks to all who give me all I need to blog every day, including you!

Categories: blogging, personal growth, photojournalism, staying healthy | Tags: , , , , , | 26 Comments

Day 1304: Crystal Clear

Yesterday, one of my doctors — Dr. Laura Kogelman of Tufts Medical Center — said to me

Your lungs are crystal clear.

Dr. Kogelman  made it crystal clear during my appointment with her that

  1. my pneumonia is gone,
  2. my heart failure has resolved,
  3. I am ready to go back to work today,
  4. I am no more likely to contract pneumonia in the future than anybody else,
  5. we are doing a good job preventing me from getting endocarditis (a dangerous inflammation of the heart which I’ve had three times before because of my leaky heart valve),
  6. she misses seeing my wonderful dentist, Dr. Luis Del Castillo (who used to be her dentist too),
  7. it’s okay for me to go to Edinburgh, Scotland in August with my son and my ex-in-laws,
  8. she thinks it’s going to be “great” when I get a new mechanical valve for my heart in September, and
  9. she liked the idea of my transforming my future open-heart-surgery scar with a tattoo.

I made it crystal clear to Dr. Kogelman that I did NOT like her idea of turning that scar into the medical symbol of a snake climbing a rod.  I told her, “I have plenty of medical symbols on my body already” and informed her that if I do decorate that  new scar after I get it in September, I’ll probably add some flowers and leaves.

What is crystal clear to you, here and now?

Are all of my photos from yesterday crystal clear?

IMG_3672

IMG_3673

IMG_3674

IMG_3675

IMG_3676

IMG_3680

IMG_3677

IMG_3678

Is it crystal clear to you that I made that t-shirt and that I especially like to wear it to medical appointments?

Yesterday, somebody named Jeanyne, who works at Tatte Bakery in Boston  (not pictured), made three things crystal clear to me:

  1. she loved my t-shirt,
  2. she wanted to own a t-shirt like that, and
  3. her mother,  Diane, who recently retired, is just now starting a new business marketing cool new wearable items.

Is today’s featured music crystal clear to you ?

 

Crystal clear thanks to all those who helped me create today’s post and to you — of course! — for all your crystal clear reactions.

Categories: personal growth, photojournalism, staying healthy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 32 Comments

Day 1303: Long May You Run

Yesterday, I bid a fond farewell to my beloved Mazda3, which I am donating to  Make-a-Wish, a non-profit foundation granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.  Long may my Mazda and Make-a-Wish run.

IMG_3658

That’s Mark, one of the many trusted and trusty mechanics from P & M Service Center. Long may he and his business run!  Mark eased the pain of my goodbye yesterday by running by me several amusing and amazing stories of other people having trouble letting go and saying goodbye to their cars.  For example, he told me about a relative who had decided to donate a car to a charity and then at the last minute said to Mark, “I love this car!  I can’t let it go!  I want to keep this car and donate my new car — which I hate — instead!”  Mark said to her, “Sorry, that’s not going to happen.”

I told Mark yesterday how  I planned to run this Neil Young  song in today’s blog.

Long may Wikipedia run, which tells us that “Long May You Run” was

 an elegy for Neil Young’s first car (which he nicknamed “Mort”), a 1948 Buick Roadmaster hearse that died in 1965 when its transmission blew in Blind River, Ontario.

Long may all those I love — mechanical, human, feline, etc. — run.

Long may my iPhone run, so I can take more photos like these:

IMG_3654

IMG_3655

IMG_3656

IMG_3657

IMG_3660.JPG

IMG_3665

IMG_3666IMG_3667

IMG_3668

IMG_3669

IMG_3670

IMG_3671

Long may inspiration run for me and anybody else who needs it, here and now.

Long may you — all my wonderful readers — run!

Categories: inspiration, personal growth, photojournalism | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 22 Comments

Day 1302: The purpose of life is ….?

The purpose of this post is to ask you to complete the title sentence:

The purpose of life is ……..

The purpose of the Yogi Tea company is to

  1. make great tea and
  2. have pithy sayings on its tea bags.

IMG_3621

The purpose of this post is NOT product placement but to join in with Yogi Tea to invite you to enjoy every moment.

What is the purpose of these photos?

IMG_3624

IMG_3626

IMG_3627

IMG_3629

IMG_3630

IMG_3631

IMG_3632

IMG_3633

IMG_3634

IMG_3635

 

IMG_3637

IMG_3638

IMG_3639

IMG_3640

IMG_3641

IMG_3642

IMG_3643

IMG_3644

IMG_3645

IMG_3647

 

 

IMG_3650

IMG_3651

IMG_3649

IMG_3653

The purpose of the  music on Hot Fudge Sundae Day is to (1) give this post life and (2) share how a greeting card in the supermarket  invited me to unleash my inner party animal.

Shake shake shake your booty, please, for the purpose of leaving a comment below.

A purpose of my life is to express gratitude to those who help me create these blog posts and to you — of course! — for visiting, here and now.

Categories: personal growth, photojournalism | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 40 Comments

Day 1301: Who do you think you are?

Who do you think you are, reading this blog today?  Who do I think I am, posing such a question?

Who do you think saw this yesterday?

IMG_3607

Who do you think took a picture of it?

Who do you think you are?  Are you somebody who’s heard that question from other people?   Who do they think they are, asking you “Who do you think you are?”

Who do I think I am? I think I’m somebody who

  • thinks,
  • feels,
  • deserves respect,
  • is mortal,
  • does her best,
  • respects others,
  • blogs every day,
  • is human,
  • makes mistakes,
  • learns,
  • gets discouraged sometimes,
  • is mostly hopeful,
  • is glad to be alive, and
  • took these other pictures yesterday:

 

IMG_3605

IMG_3606

IMG_3608

IMG_3609

IMG_3610

IMG_3611

IMG_3612

IMG_3613

IMG_3614

IMG_3615

IMG_3617

IMG_3619

IMG_3620

Who does that tea bag company think it is, telling us to sing from our hearts?

Who do you think you are, trying to figure out all those other photos?

Who do I think I am to include two different tunes today (here and here on YouTube)?

Who do I think I am, expecting you to have some reactions to this post? Who do you think you are to consider leaving a comment?

Who do you think I want to thank today?  Everybody  who helped me create this who-do-you-think-you-are post and you — of course! — for reading it.

Categories: personal growth, photojournalism | Tags: , , , , , | 26 Comments

Day 1300: Title

Why have I titled my post “Title” today?

Is it because:

  • the title of today’s post has an impressive number?
  • yesterday I went looking for the title of a car I want to donate to a charity with the title “Make a Wish Foundation” and I couldn’t find that title anywhere, even though I KNOW I saw that title a month ago?
  • I used to title myself “stupid” or “loser” when I misplaced important things?
  • how we title ourselves has a huge effect on how we behave and feel about ourselves?
  • I choose the title “Ms.” when I fill out forms?
  • I prefer the title “healthy” to “sick”?
  • I saw a movie yesterday — “Ghostbusters” — with the same title of another movie I’ve watched many times?
  • I believe every human being is as worthy as the next, no matter what each person’s title?
  • many of the photos I took yesterday could be titled “Title”?

IMG_3583

IMG_3584

IMG_3588

IMG_3586

IMG_3593

IMG_3594

IMG_3595

IMG_3596

IMG_3597

IMG_3598

IMG_3599

IMG_3600

IMG_3602

IMG_3603

IMG_3604

If you were going to choose a different title for today’s post, what would it be?  If you were going to choose some music for today’s post, what would the title of that song be?

Thanks to all who helped me create this titled post and to you for visiting today, no matter what your title is!

 

Categories: blogging, personal growth, photojournalism, self-care | Tags: , , , , , , | 43 Comments

Day 1299: Looks

As I look around, I notice how much looks matter to people.  Personally, I look at a lot more than just looks when I look at somebody.

But look at me!  Yesterday, looks mattered so much to me that I requested that people look at this photo AND I asked them “HOW DO I LOOK?”

IMG_3572

Look, I’m like anybody else. I want to look good.  But I especially wanted to people to look at how I looked yesterday so they could see how I look a short week after  diagnoses of pneumonia and heart failure .

And even though I asked others “HOW DO I LOOK?”  I look at it this way:  What’s most important is how I thought I looked. If somebody else had looked at that photo critically and judgmentally, their looks would not have mattered to me, at all.

Are you ready to look at other images I looked at yesterday?

IMG_3573

IMG_3574

IMG_3575

IMG_3576

IMG_3577

IMG_3578

IMG_3579

IMG_3580

IMG_3581

IMG_3582

Did any of those photos get a second look from you?

It’s time to look at some music!

I’ll take a look later to see if I get any comments for this post about looks.

Look!  It’s me thanking you for looking at my blog, here and now.

Categories: celebrating, personal growth, photojournalism, staying healthy | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 54 Comments

Day 1298: How to Not Die

As I approach my 1300th consecutive daily post here at WordPress, I am thinking that important topics, for me, include “How to Not Die” both as

  • a blogger and
  • a human being.

How to Not Die  as a blogger could very well include changing the title of this blog from “The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally” to  “How to Not Die.” Don’t you think that new title would

  • attract more readers and
  • be a better representation of my life-long story of figuring out how to not die from heart-related challenges?

Unfortunately, this picture, taken yesterday, proves that my using “How to Not Die” would be a deliberate act of plagiarizing a beloved celebrity and author:


I guess you and I are stuck with the title of this blog, as I look ahead to the next 1300 consecutive daily posts.

How to Not Die, for me, includes getting up and out and taking photos of what’s alive around me, including these:














What music might you choose for a post titled “How to Not Die?”

“Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees?

 

Please help this blog post not die by leaving a comment, below.

Staying-alive thanks to Mel Brooks, the Bee Gees and everybody else who helps me create this “How to Not Die” blog, including you!

Categories: blogging, personal growth, photojournalism, staying healthy | Tags: , , , , , , | 42 Comments

Day 1297: It’s all about you

Do you believe it’s all about you?

In this blog, it’s all about capturing images that are all about you, me, and the day’s topic.

IMG_3541

Actually, today’s blog post is all about me seeing my Primary Care Physician,  Dr. Laura Snydman, who

  • always makes her patients feel it’s all about them,
  • has been my doctor for many years,
  • is all about her adorable dog, and
  • told me yesterday I’m recovering VERY WELL from pneumonia and heart failure.

Now, it’s all about you and what you see in my other photos from yesterday:

IMG_3533

IMG_3534

IMG_3535

IMG_3536

IMG_3537

IMG_3538

IMG_3539

IMG_3540

IMG_3542

IMG_3543

IMG_3544

IMG_3545

If it’s  all about you wanting to know what “The Pillow Men” is all about, I can’t help you there.

As I look all about me and my day ahead, it’s all about

It’s all about me taking care of myself as I continue to heal, so I’m not sure what tomorrow’s post will be about.

It’s all about music that’s all about you.

 

Finally, it’s all about you leaving comments for this all-about-you post!

Categories: personal growth, photojournalism | Tags: , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Day 1296: Eyes on you

Yesterday, my eyes saw this:

IMG_3526

… which made me think of this song from the musical Hamilton, “History Has Its Eyes on You” (sung by George Washington).

If you believed that history had its eyes on you, how would that affect your actions?

While we are living, there is no way for us to know whether history has its eyes on us.  I prefer to live as if history might have its eyes on me.  In other words, I try to live according to my deepest values and beliefs.

If history does turn out to have its eyes on me, do you think any of  the photos from today’s blog post might make it into a history book?

IMG_3518

IMG_3520

IMG_3524

IMG_3525

IMG_3527

IMG_3528

IMG_3530

IMG_3531

No matter what your eyes see in this blog post, I hope my eyes see a comment from you.

Many thanks to Hamilton, Bertucci’s (for the chocolate cake), my son Aaron (who is not really President of the United States), the Arlington Center for the Arts, Rancatore’s Ice Cream, and all eyes that are on me now, including yours!

 

Categories: personal growth, photojournalism | Tags: , , , , | 30 Comments

Blog at WordPress.com. The Adventure Journal Theme.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,079 other followers