Thankful…

In September 2012 my Mom suffered a massive stroke which impacted over 60% of the left side of her brain. She was unable to walk, had a lot of memory issues, dementia and Alzheimer’s like symptoms. I had little choice but to admit her to a senior living home. She was confined to a wheelchair because she couldn’t walk, her right side being very weak as a result of the damage from the stroke. In November she began a rigorous physical therapy program. In a short time she began to regain strength in her right leg.

Well the good news is, she is now walking with the aid of a walker. She moves around at breakneck speed. The physical therapy worked! She still has some balance issues, but those seem to be improving a bit. She may never be able to walk around without someone by her side to keep her steady, but who knows! A few months ago it looked as if she would be bedridden for the rest of her life.

I am thankful that she has been making such great progress and that I still have her with me.

Me and my Mom
Me and my Mom

30 Years of Macintosh

On a warm summer afternoon, my father and I drove up to Alexandria, Virginia. It was a day I had long been waiting for. Several weeks earlier he and I were sitting at the kitchen table talking about computers and which one we should invest in. My father was a systems engineer with a masters degree in Computer Science. He knew that getting a computer into the house would not only be good for him, but also for me as a tool for learning. The year was 1984 and in January of that year, Apple introduced a revolutionary new computer called the Macintosh. We saw the commercial during the superbowl and I had an opportunity to try one out shortly thereafter.

So the discussion was essentially: an IBM PC (or equivalent) or an Apple Macintosh. Well, I have always been a visual person so when my Dad gave me the choice, it was a no brainer. So several weeks later here we were, driving in the car to pick up our very first Mac. It was June 1984 and the Mac had been out for nearly six months. I remember when we got it home, the big white box with the abstract Mac on the side. Inside was the Mac, one cassette tape and a keyboard and mouse. We got it setup on the kitchen table just to see it in action. I’ll never forget popping the tape in a cassette player and inserting the getting started disk, it was an awesome experience. It was the beginning of what would be over 20 years of interest in computers. Because of that experience I entered into a career in Information Technology. Then ultimately rediscovered my true passion 23 years later, that being design, which also is very Mac biased.

Today I still use Macs, in fact I have probably owned more Macs than most people. So today, 30 years later, I wish Apple’s Macintosh a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! My life in Mac all began with one very awesome thing, this television commercial…

 

My Heart’s Lament

It’s been a tough four years for me. I lost my Dad in 2010, my sister passed in 2012, my mother suffered a massive stroke in late 2012 and since then I have been having good days and bad. Yesterday was one of those bad days when I am sitting alone, thinking about how my entire family is gone and how I have never found someone to share my life with. When I feel like this I do one of two things, hop on the piano and just play for an hour or so or, in this case, I start writing…

Hold onto and cherish the love you find. For many, like me, shall never know how it feels. Give thanks that your life isn’t filled with the misery and pain of loneliness. Be happy that your heart isn’t a desert, filled with the desolation and emptiness of having no one to love. Smile and greet everyday with a smile, for you have someone to have and to hold, to cherish in good times and bad. Your life is sunshine while mine is nothing more than an unending storm. Never take what you have for granted. So the next time you see the one you love, kiss them and tell them you don’t take what you have together for granted. Then remember me, the one soul in this world who will never have that blessing. 

Kevin’s Awesome Veggie Breakfast Wraps

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 FlatOut Flatbread ( info )
2 Eggs
1/4 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 tbsp Chopped Chives
2 MorningStar Farms Veggie Sausage Patties ( info )
1 Tomato, diced
Lettuce
1 tsp Mayonaisse

Whisk together eggs, cheese and chives until mixed thoroughly. Scramble on medium-high heat until egg reaches firm, yet still moist, consistency, remove from heat and set aside. Warm flat bread in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Place mayo on one end of the flat bread, place 2-4 chunks of scrambled egg on top of mayo. Add tomatoes, lettuce and sausage. Roll up one end and tuck ingredients under and then continue rolling until everything is wrapped. With a knife cut wrap in half at an angle.

Serve.