Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Perspiring and inspiring

In the news...

The space station's toilet is busted. They need a plumber. NASA may order one soon. I hope so, for the crew's sake. Wonder what the fee will be... will it be a pay toilet to cover the cost?

Inspiring (but sad): One of the few polio victims who spent her life in an iron lung died when the power failed and the generator didn't kick in. An iron lung is a machine that forces the lungs to compress. Dianne Odell, 61, was confined to the machine since she was 3 years old. She lay on her back and could make eye contact via a mirror attached to the machine.

But she didn't let her disability stop her. She got a high school diploma and even wrote a children's book about Blinky, a star that longs to become a wishing star. What courage Dianne had...and what inspiration.

In the AOL article I read, they said, "In a 2001 interview with The Associated Press, she said she wanted to show children, especially those with physical disabilities, that they should never give up. "It's amazing what you can accomplish if you see someone do the same thing," she said.

On the home front, I'm busy with revisions on the Nocturne Bite, and when they are done, will go back to Egypt and the next historical.

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