Yesterday (by time of this posting), I wrote a post that was way too long (1,800 words or so) and along the way, I mentioned the potential of the Brainiac Fund. I’d like to highlight a few in that brain pool:
With great joy, I read yesterday that
- Bill Hamilton of Dealing With COPD
announced he was invited, accepted and has now been hired to write 1-2 articles (500-700 word) per month about his experiences with his COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). I am bursting buttons proud to hear this for him! He initially started his blog with the thought he might help maybe another or, gee whiz, maybe 10 people with their experiencing of COPD. I think he’s got 355 plus followers. Sadly, his condition has worsened and he’s coming down to, as he puts it, final retirement, i.e., no comebacks – best case scenario maybe a year, maybe less. Knowing Bill, maybe more. For me the saddest is when a person achieves success after their death and never gets to know they really did have an impact on their world. Whatever the time Bill has, he KNOWS he succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. Stop on by and tell him so. Share time with a man who knows how to live well and who cares enough to pass it forward.
Again, with great pleasure, I read two recently published articles by one of my best readers, Tess a/k/a Let’s Cut the Crap of How the Cookie Crumbles. It absolutely dovetailed with yesterday’s post. I asked why I hadn’t heard of these and her modesty dumbfounded me. “About the publications, I try to rein in my enthusiasm. I want to jump up and down and tell it to the world, but really, everybody’s writing and stuff and I’m just a small pebble of sand. Excited? You bet! … I hug myself.” Well, I would too, in fact, while we are at it, I would do something another good friend taught me. I would, when all by myself, kiss the back of my hand and rub it on my cheek, first on the right and then on the left. Try it. It is quite an act of kindness to oneself. That being said, good news needs to be heard around the world and I am so delighted for Tess. Stop on by and tell her, would you?
And, now, we come to the true professional analyst of these three, Sheri de Grom. It is never wise to provoke an analyst. They know where the bones are buried. Sheri turns a honed eye and pen loose on how we treat patients and health law. Dull stuff, you say? Hah! This woman was a Barnes & Noble book buyer – she not only knows what sells, but how to sell it. She spent five years on Capitol Hill. She makes the details of Medicare and the need to know how to protect you or a loved one, why we need reform today, not tomorrow vital and engaging. So much so, I come to the end of one of her posts with regret there isn’t more. She not only knows the info from an analyst point of view and expertise, she’s been on the receiving end and has come out hunting bear. Stop by and see if you agree. You or someone you love might need her.
What do my first three have in common? One way or another, they are retired. You can’t just turn a good brain off. And when a brainiac starts to communicate, it is always a good thing to listen up.