Wednesday, December 28, 2011

He Won't Get Far on Foot...

(Click on photo to enlarge) Just as I reached my car to depart for home after finishing up a segment of a radio show, I noticed that I had left a story in my tracks. The tracks in the foreground right, heading away from my camera are the prints I made going in. The set of tracks on the left, after spending an hour and a half inside the building, are the later tracks I made as I returned to my faithful Subaru. Anything strike you as odd about them? How about this: The stride on the left is about half as long as the stride on the right. Yet both were made by the same person. Holy festination Holmes, the poor blighter was entering an "Off" state as he walked back to his car! His medications were sputtering out and his ability to move freely through space is literally vanishing before our eyes! The early steps show him enjoying an "on" state, with his medications putting the cut in his strut and the glide in his exuberant stride. But the return steps tell of a world of neurological woe. As John Callahan said "He won't get far on foot".

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Comicization of a (Relatively) Recent Post

I now have about 50 of these pages done. Sort of getting the idea. I plan to start on a major new part of the story, the brain surgery I underwent about year and a half ago. Still trying to figure out the angle I will take. I'm thinking something along the lines of "Super-intelligent beings come back from the future to patch me up".

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The December Parkinson's Report

Hello Friends, This is your rundown on PD events that I know of for December in Anchorage. MONDAY the 12th will be the Telehealth presentation. The talk will be by PD psychologist Dr. Darelle Volweiler, who will offer advice on getting the best of holiday stress. Look for this event in room 2401 at 1:00 p.m. in the Providence oncology wing. Go to the second floor, walk down the lonnnnnnnng hall that stretches South from the cafe and look for room 2401 pretty much at the end of the hall on your right, not far from the statue of Mary in the nook at the end of the Hall. Our Support group will meet the 17th at 3:30 for our annual holiday potluck. Bring something delicious to share. In the meantime, enjoy this festive time of year, and do your best to not fall down.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Thar She Blows: Another Peek At My Graphic Novel Manuscript

Here is a page that owes a debt to the stark illustrations that Rockwell Kent created for an elegant edition of Moby Dick. An artist with wanderlust, Kent actually spent some time in South Central Alaska. He lived for a period on Fox Island in what is now Kenai Fijords National Park. It's hard to imagine someone with a greater ability to strike the proper tone for Melville's novel than the rugged Kent, who would have felt right at home with the rigors of a whaling voyage. As it turns out, there is inspiration for those of us that have PD in Melville's book as well.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Another Panel From a Book Struggling To Be Born: The Tortoise

This sums up how I often feel about having Parkinson's Disease. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is aboard an ancient incarnation of slow.