Wednesday, May 12, 2010

National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day (and other stuff)

Every time I see a Lyrica commercial I want to scream. Instead I look at the TV and usually say "shut up" after I hear the "all over muscle aches" yadda yadda yadda. Unless you know someone with fibromyalgia you look at that commercial and say "hey this thing can be cured". Yeah right. I don't want a cure - I am still trying to "manage" this beast. Think I'll call him "George" LOL.
Yesterday I had hope because I heard the weather was going to be in the 60's or even 70 by Thursday. What they failed to say it would be cloudy along with it, which mean high humidity - at least for today. I am hoping tomorrow is a bright sunny day and we can take a ride to the coast.

I am listening to the Glee cast - inspired by Tiffany Windsor's blog post for today. I am a big fan of music, musicals - I am a G(l)eek and proud of it. Crafting - well - I've "dabbled" but I am gathering courage for an online class coming up. I'll be taking another online class after that. I feel like a kindergartner at times (my skill level that is) but I think that's sometimes fun too. Who wouldn't want to be a 5 year old at times in a 52 year old body LOL? I am at the age where I am who I am and if you like me accept me for who I am and who I can possibly be in the next 30 years.

I've read about a lot of people that have had great accomplishments after age 50 and I am trying to visualize myself publishing an article/book/whatever to try and help someone, to discover something new and useful to someone:

at age 50:

Hermann Hesse wrote Steppenwolf, which dealt with man's double nature.

Leo Tolstoy, horrified by the meaninglessness of existence, considered suicide, and finally turned to the simple faith of the peasants.

P. L. Guinand, a Swiss inventor, patented a new method for making optical glass.

The philosopher Plotinus was finally persuaded by his students to write down his ideas, published as The Enneads.

Samuel Adams directed the Boston Tea Party.

Barbra Streisand won a 10-year film and recording contract estimated at $60 million.

Mary Dixon became a pilot at the age of 50, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

Earl Vickers got married. The day included a string quartet performance of "Bohemian Rhapsody," a performance by an improv group, and a song he wrote for his wife.

Terri Tapper became the oldest female certified kiteboard instructor in the USA (and possibly the world).

Larry Silverman of Ballston Lake, NY, achieved his 3rd-degree black belt in karate.

At age 55:

Painter Pablo Picasso completed his masterpiece, Guernica.

Italian physicist Alessandro Volta invented the voltaic cell.

Richard Daniel Bass reached the summit of Mount Everest.

Walter Cronkite broadcast two special reports on Watergate, for the first time putting the story clearly before the American public.

Ella T. Grasso became the first woman to become an American governor on her own, not as the wife of a previous incumbent.

Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring, which publicized the indiscriminate use of pesticides and helped rally support for environmental protection

At age 60:

Playwright and essayist George Bernard Shaw completed a play, "Heartbreak House," regarded by some as his masterpiece.

Italian sculptor, painter, playwright, draftsman and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini began designing churches.

Ann Roberts retired from 30 years of driving an 18-wheeler, changed jobs to tax preparer and also sales rep for a tractor/bush hog company. She square dances evenings and weekends. She is a grandmother of 4 and is still working.

Frieda Birnbaum became the oldest woman in the U.S. to give birth to twins.

At age 70:

Benjamin Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence.

Businessman Cornelius Vanderbilt began buying railroads.

French actress Sarah Bernhardt had a leg amputated but refused to abandon the stage.

Justice John W. Sirica heard the Watergate case.

Judy Brenner, who had recently run the Boston Marathon, chased a teenage shoplifter 100 feet and helped hold him until police arrived.

At age 80:

Jessica Tandy became the oldest Oscar recipient for her work in Driving Miss Daisy.

George Burns became the second oldest Oscar recipient for his work in The Sunshine Boys.

American writer and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes published "Over the Teacups," which displayed his characteristic vitality and wit.

Christine Brown of Laguna Hills, California flew to China and climbed the Great Wall.

Paul Newman earned an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for "Empire Falls" in 2005.

Dick Van Dyke appeared in the movie, "A Night at the Museum."

Sir George Martin (along with his son Giles) co-produced the Beatles' album "Love," the soundtrack to a Cirque du Soleil play.

At age 90:

Chagall became the first living artist to be exhibited at the Louvre museum.
Pablo Picasso was still producing drawings and engravings.

Chemist Paul Walden was still giving chemistry lectures.

By the way - if you care or know someone with fibromyalgia please take the Pledge to Care at the National Fibromyalgia Association website.

Thanks so much for reading this - I appreciate it.

Fun/interesting links I know of have visited:

queen size mattress anyone - they are LOVELY!

kids being kids (I DID cut my hair but hey it grows back LOL)

an online sketchpad

learn just about anything online

and finally the class I'm taking:

Fusion Illusion (Friendly Plastic) and polymer clay

1 comment:

shalunya said...

Great Post! I love all the reminders of the greatness yet to come since I am only 40! I love the fun links at the bottom. You know this life is never how we pictured it....but it can only be as great as we make it. Thanks for sharing!!! You're a doll!!