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I am one stiff person this morning. Despite my aching back
and legs there is the satisfaction of accomplishing something.
Yesterday, for only the second time in my life, I ran a half
marathon, at the Duke City Marathon event here in Albuquerque.
And, I even improved my time by fifteen minutes since running
one in June in San Diego.
13.1 miles of running is nothing to sneeze at, but I am only halfway to
my goal of a full marathon. I plan to run the 26.2 miles in
January at the P.F. Chang's Arizona Rock n' Roll Marathon.
I'm doing it for fun, fitness, but mostly to help out the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
in Training, the largest endurance training program in the
world, I am running with others dedicated to helping find a cure for
blood cancers and raise money for treatment and patient aid.
If you know anyone with cancer (and sadly, it seems we all
do) then you recognize how important it is to find the cure.
Progress is being made, but the research is unbelievably
You can find out more about Team
in Training here.
The new film, Flags of Our Fathers, is now in theaters. Although
I have not yet seen it I've read about this film, directed by Clint
Eastwood. It is based on the book by James Bradley. He is a son of one of the men
who helped raise the American flag on Iwo Jima, one of the most fierce
battles with the Japanese during World War II. Apparently his
dad did not talk much about the experience, but after he passed James
Bradley became interested in discovering the stories of the other men
who fought in this battle and were captured in the iconic photograph by
Joe Rosenthal so many of us have seen. So he set about finding the
survivors and speaking with them and came up with an amazing story that
is now this motion picture.
Interestingly, Eastwood is now making another movie telling the story
from the Japanese perspective.
Yesterday, October 17, a British charitable group - History Matters,
called on all Britons to contribute online to either their own journals
and weblogs, or to a specific blog from History
Matters, some of their
lives' events and personal history. The day was chosen
because it is an ordinary day with no special historical significance
and they wanted to draw attention to everyone's story. I think it's a
great idea and I'd love to see something like this done in the United
History Matters plans to preserve the testimonies in the British
Library as a record of
the country's national life. Story online here from Voice of America
The past few days were a great family reunion time for me with my
sister, her husband and my father. They came to Albuquerque
to spend time with my family and me, and also to see the International Balloon Fiesta.
The treasure that is family should always be appreciated.
Because some of my family lives elsewhere it makes it all the
more important to make the most of our time together. This
visit was a nice combination of activity and just good and quiet time
together. If you can be with loved ones and enjoy each
other's company without feeling like you have to always be talking then
you have a good relationship.
Today marks four months since my mother
passed away and so it was especially nice to see Dad and my
sister, Leslie. And there were times the past few days when I
really sensed Mom's presence.
If indeed there is life "out there" - intelligent life on other
planets - what about you would you want to share with them?
the giant web/search portal, is compiling what they are
calling "the first-ever collection of electronic anthropology" and
people around the world are contributing images, voice recordings and
their stories. There are ten themes:
Love, Sorrow, Anger, Faith, Beauty, Fun, Past, Hope, Now, and You.
Contributions continue until November 8.
This time capsule will eventually be sealed and entrusted to
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings based in Washington D.C. Yahoo is
planning a celebration when the time capsule is completed.
They had planned to project it onto an ancient
Mexican pyramid, but have now cancelled those plans over concern it
might damage the pyramid (see here). Yahoo says
they will choose another location for their grand celebration.
They also hope to beam the digital time capsule along a laser
path of light into space. Maybe someday intelligent life from
another planet will discover it.
Check it out and consider sharing your thoughts - more here.
The annual conference for members of the Association of Personal Historians
is currently underway in Portland, Oregon. The APH has
grown to over 600 members and is quite an interesting and sometimes
eclectic group. There are professionals who specialize in all types of
personal history. I find it helpful to learn about the
various ways, even though my specialty is interviewing and writing.
That's why I present information throughout this site on
digital methods, video, oral history, online methods and more.
Read this editorial, Ghostwriters,
guides to the past invite you to jog your memory, about
the conference posted in The
Oregorian- go here.