Sunday, September 30, 2012

Gift of Life Donors!

Ahhhh I'm reading these stories and I'm dripping with envy; oh how I long to give over some of my blood stem cells to someone who needs it to save their life!

Call me, Gift of Life!!

Leukemia (wiki entry)

Leukemia (American English) or leukaemia (British English) (from the Greek leukosλευκός "white", and haima αἷμα "blood"[1]) is a type of cancer of the blood or bone marrowcharacterized by an abnormal increase of immature white blood cells called "blasts". Leukemia is a broad term covering a spectrum of diseases. In turn, it is part of the even broader group of diseases affecting the blood, bone marrow, and lymphoid system, which are all known as hematological neoplasms.
In 2000, approximately 256,000 children and adults around the world developed some form of leukemia, and 209,000 died from it.[2] About 90% of all leukemias are diagnosed in adults.[3]

Friday, September 28, 2012

Iceberg Theory

Wiki's link to the Iceberg Theory can be found here.
I shall now copy n paste the parts I care to remember :)

The Iceberg Theory (also known as the "theory of omission") is the writing style of American writer Ernest Hemingway.
As a journalist he learned to focus only on events being reported, and to omit superfluous and extraneous matter. When he became a writer of short stories, he learned to write a surface story in which he omitted or hinted at the point of the story. Hemingway believed the true meaning of a piece of writing should not be evident from the surface story because the crux of the story lies below the surface. Critics such as Jackson Benson claim his iceberg theory, or theory of omission, in combination with his distinctive clarity of writing, functioned as a means to distance himself from the characters he created.
After graduating from high school he went to work as a cub reporter ... where he quickly learned that truth often lurks below the surface of a story.He learned about corruption in city politics, and that in hospital emergency rooms and police stations a mask of cynicism was worn "like armour to shield whatever vulnerabilities remained"

He explains: "I omitted the real end [of "Out of Season"] which was that the old man hanged himself. This was omitted on my new theory that you could omit anything ... and the omitted part would strengthen the story."[5]
Hemingway biographer Carlos Baker believed that as a writer of short stories Hemingway learned "how to get the most from the least, how to prune language and avoid waste motion, how to multiply intensities, and how to tell nothing but the truth in a way that allowed for telling more than the truth."[6] Furthermore, Baker explains that in the writing style of the iceberg theory the hard facts float above water, while the supporting structure, complete with symbolism, operates out-of-sight.[6]
Iceberg theory is also referred to as the "theory of omission". Hemingway believed a writer could describe an action such as Nick Adams fishing in "Big Two-Hearted River" while conveying a different message about the action itself—Nick Adams concentrating on fishing to the extent that he does not have to think about the unpleasantness of his war experience.[7] In his essay "The Art of the Short Story", Hemingway is clear about his method: "A few things I have found to be true. If you leave out important things or events that you know about, the story is strengthened. If you leave or skip something because you do not know it, the story will be worthless. The test of any story is how very good the stuff that you, not your editors, omit."[8]
From reading Rudyard Kipling he absorbed the practice of shortening prose as much as it could take. Of the concept of omission, Hemingway wrote in "The Art of the Short Story": "You could omit anything if you knew that you omitted and the omitted part would strengthen the story and make people feel something more than they understood."[9] By making invisible the structure of the story, he believed the author strengthened the piece of fiction and that the "quality of a piece could be judged by the quality of the material the author eliminated."[9] His style added to the aesthetic: using "declarative sentences and direct representations of the visible world" with simple and plain language, Hemingway became "the most influential prose stylist in the twentieth century" according to biographer Meyers.[9]
In her paper "Hemingway's Camera Eye", Zoe Trodd explains that Hemingway uses repetition in prose to build a collage of snapshots to create an entire picture. Of his iceberg theory, she claims, it "is also a glacier waterfall, infused with movement by his multi-focal aesthetic".[10] Furthermore, she believes that Hemingway's iceberg theory "demanded that the reader feel the whole story" and that the reader is meant to "fill the gaps left by his omissions with their feelings".[10]
Hemingway scholar Jackson Benson believes Hemingway used autobiographical details to work as framing devices to write about life in general—not only about his life. For example, Benson postulates that Hemingway used his experiences and drew them out further with "what if" scenarios: "what if I were wounded in such a way that I could not sleep at night? What if I were wounded and made crazy, what would happen if I were sent back to the front?" By separating himself from the characters he created, Hemingway strengthens the drama. The means of achieving a strong drama is to minimize, or omit, the feelings that produced the fiction he wrote.[11]
Hemingway's iceberg theory highlights the symbolic implications of art. He makes use of physical action to provide an interpretation of the nature of man's existence. It can be convincingly proved that, "while representing human life through fictional forms, he has consistently set man against the background of his world and universe to examine the human situation from various points of view.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

In My Mind's Eye (by Tikva Baker)

They tell me stars are dots that gleam,
That shimmer in the vast, night sky.
They say the moon's a glowing sphere,
a vivid crescent perched on high.
The distant planets, I believe,
Are glorious beyond mere words.
They whirl and spin in deep, dark space;
Their spacedance never is disturbed.
It's not a world that I can share
I have more walls than you or she
Walls I cannot overcome 
They never will be climbed by me.
Yet what I lack, I look to find
In a place where I am free
It is the eye within my mind
It's where I go so I can see.
It's there I see with shining eyes,
Eyes so bright and pure and clear
And with those eyes I can devise 
My world -- so perfect and so dear.
It's there I see your faces shine
It's there I see the dazzling sea
It's there I see the trees, the vines
It's there that I can
I never cease to dream of when
All you describe I, too, may view.
But as for now and until then
I have my shimmers, too.

-from the final chapter in Baker's Dozen #9 (Through Thick and Thin)

Monday, September 24, 2012

I'm Home!!

I'm hooooome!! I'm so happy to be home b"h!! Finally!!!!
After so many months and weeks and days and nights,  I'm home!
After so many medical calls and appointments and trips and findings and decisions and reports and actual surgery, I'm home!
After days of recovery in the hospital, at friends, at relatives,  I'm finally finally hooooooooooooommmeeeeee!!!
Baruch Hashem!!! Thank You!!!!!

First Class Ticket. Seat 2J. Ahhh :)

Trying to keep my face from looking snobby as the passengers pass me by on their way to coach class.

Doesn't quite feel right calling them "fellow passengers" when we have so little in common.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11, 2012 (Tuesday)

From the Baal Shem Tov: A soul may descend to this world and live seventy or eighty years, in order to do a Jew a material favor, and certainly a spiritual one.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Aha! It's good I got a flat tire on Friday and bought almonds while waiting for the Rabbi cuz now I have food for tomorrow's flight.

Friday, September 07, 2012

I'm looking upwards :)

Tachshov Tov Yihiye Tov

I have the power to create my destiny.

I determine I will be in a home full of love, life and laughter.

I predict treasuring my quiet time and enjoying reading long books (guilt-free) and writing articles and watching videos.

I will love my visitor time both in person and via phone or text or email. 

I will always have who and what I need at the right time.

I will think about the big zechus I just had and that will inspire me.

I will take life day by day and not worry about not having any structure to look forward to.

I will smile and be calm and happy because Hashem is my Father and knows what's in my heart and He loves me and is taking care of me.

Kidney donation astounds me; kidney donors, eh not so much.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

RealFeel® 109°

Yo! It's officially 86° outside here in the Caribbean where I'm VACATIONING but the RealFeel® is at 109°!!


Mt Sinai Med Center

I like that I'm as browsing through their online articles, they give me a call! That was so crazily cool!

Oh and I love that it's the social worker checking up on me. Hehe. Oh and I just LOVE that when she was trying to explain which building I'm gonna be in for recovery, she described it as "the one where you walked into with Chris."  I'm like "Uh it's great how ALL you guys know EVERY detail about my breakdown." And brilliant* social worker that she is, answers "Oh no, not at all, we just meet as a team." Huh??! Yeah hon maybe you need another vacation...

*grab a spoon to catch that sarcasm

Monday, September 03, 2012

Every night has its morning. Ye only must  wait. If light hath not come, then surely night it was noth.

Departure Gate 1 DOES Exist!

Oh yes it does.

When you come to the airport 2 and a 1/2 hours before your domestic flight (because you packed on time and left early and there was no traffic), when there is no line for the self check in monitor, when you are not checking in any luggage, when you zip through the security line, when security doesn't stop you for anything (including the laptop you left in your bag), and you still have about two full hours until your flight, THAT'S WHEN DEPARTURE GATE 1 EXISTS!

G-d, I won't believe anyone that claims to understand You :)