“Just because a brain has been damaged, does NOT necessarily have to affect the human mind…and so the quality and height of our thoughts!”

light (gorlin)
“Just because a brain has been damaged, does NOT necessarily have to affect the human mind…and so the quality and height of our thoughts!”
- c

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Thanks for the “THANX”

Hi
MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT (and hundreds of thousands already on my various other blogs at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/
and http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/craigs-list-of-blogs-updated-sept-2011/ – True!)

so having to remove some to “make space in cyberspace”
“Total non-techno”
craig

Firstly, thanks for the feedback to you all, and this article and web site has really “seemed to have struck a chord” with so many of you “out there in cyberspace.”. However, it also means that I’m being swamped by “spam/thanks mail”
So I can’t post ALL the messages I get each day, though I do try to read as many as “poss”.
Still I’m pleased you readers are enjoying these thoughts (why I write) and I do APPRECIATE the feedback. Will try to read as many responses as I can each day.
and approve a few each day (seeing you’ve taken the “trouble” to write in and say ‘thanks’). I really DO appreciate the positive feedback – the reason I write my various articles and books at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.creativekis.com/amazon.html and http://goo.gl/vTpjk
is to share.

*
To answer a few questions (I’m “snowed under”, so sorry, don’t have resources as a “one man band – totally unmusical” to answer you individually)
* I don’t have time (with my very limited cognitive energy) to look at other web sites or comment on design (I know nothing about that. To the few who are complaining about the occasional spelling mistake, or want more pictures, I “don’t major in minor details”.
”Man invented language in order to satisfy his need to complain.”
– Canadian linguist Steven Pinker
* All my articles may be freely reproduced (sorry don’t have time write for other websites), as I’m busy writing a few books at the moment
I put most of my focus into my books, so have no idea how to add sound, video, etc to the blog…to make it better.
* please feel free to link to the web site or my various other WordPress blogs at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/ should you wish, but I have no time to do links
* You may not believe this, but I’m a “total non-techno”, so know, NOTHING about web site design, feeds, hosts, servers, etc. And lay-out is not one of my strong points. I just write and posted on the blog! How I got am where I am is a “miracle” . And no one would believe the story (only those who have true faith)! BELIEVE it (first) … then you’ll see it!
“Believing is seeing.”
(BEFORE the event)
* I don’t have a newsletter to subscribe to
* Will try to post articles from time to time, but all my writings are available at http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration. Please feel free to use

Thanks again for the understanding

craig

PPS
thanks for the understanding and I DO really appreciate your “writing in”
“Thanks for the thanks”

“When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

– as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

“The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
- c

“Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”.
craig at 2 am!

Time to sleep now ( I get really exhausted pushing myself so hard- “driven and obsessive”), then back to my books at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.creativekis.com/amazon.html and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

PPS: Don’t worry about the world ending today…
it’s already tomorrow in “little” scenic and tranquil New Zealand
.
maksunrise

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“As children bring their broken toys With tears for us to mend, I brought my broken dreams to God Because He was my friend…”

Originally posted on Shattered (Broken) Dreams Can be Resurrected:

“As children bring their broken toys
With tears for us to mend,
I brought my broken dreams to God
Because He was my friend.

But then instead of leaving Him
In peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help
With ways that were my own.

At last I snatched them back and cried,
“How could you be so slow”
“My child,” He said, “What could I do?
You never did let go.”

- Lauretta P. Burns

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

~ Isaiah 40:31

soaring eagle

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Learning to Live with Brain Injury

What it’s like to live with brain injury
2:40 PM Tuesday Jul 8, 2014
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UK science communicator uses personal experience to highlight health issue that affects up to 90 Kiwis a day.

James Piercy calls it the “hidden disability”.
Every year in his homeland, the United Kingdom, 135,000 people are admitted to hospital as a consequence of it.
And each day in New Zealand, about 90 Kiwis sustain it from everything from hypoxia and strokes to falls and concussions.

The UK science communicator is talking about brain injury, which he says for something remarkably common is poorly understood.
The gap is something Mr Piercy, who last night hosted a presentation in Dunedin as part of this week’s New Zealand International Science Festival, aims to close.
Indeed, his own knowledge of brain injury was scant until the day his life changed – January 30, 2011.
What had been an ordinary Sunday outing near his home of Norwich turned to tragedy when his family’s car sustained a tyre blow-out, spun off the road and slammed into a tree.
His wife Kate, 36, was killed on impact, and his three children, now aged 16, 13 and 8, suffered minor injuries.
Mr Piercy, the front-seat passenger, suffered a traumatic brain injury when his head slammed against the dashboard.
He recalls nothing of the accident and little of the weeks that followed. Emerging from a six-day coma, the news that his wife had died was forgotten an hour later.
Scans showed a small area of damage on the right side of his brain, causing weakness on that side of his body, but it was diffuse damage on the left that has meant the most problems.
“In most people, the parts of the brain that control your speech and language are on the left-hand side,” he said. “When I get tired, I get a bit of a stammer, and I sometimes get stuck for words.”
Fatigue, his heaviest burden, came on when he found himself growing stressed, anxious or trying to do too many tasks at once.

“Sleep helps, but it won’t necessarily cure it, as does food. But the best thing I can do to recover is relax, stop trying to concentrate, stop worrying, and try convincing myself it will all be okay.”
Brain-training activities such as reading books, playing games and socialising have also assisted his recovery.
“Basically, I’ve given up on the idea of getting back to the old James, and I’ve settled down on the idea of being the new James. I’m not constantly thinking about how far I’ve got to go, but how far I’ve come.”
All the while, his need to understand his situation has seen much of his work as a science communicator with Science Made Simple focused on himself. He’s learned about the critical parts of the brain, their key functions and, most importantly, how they communicate with each other.
Mr Piercy uses the analogy of a motorway being closed, and having to find other roads to reach his destination. “So what I’ve been doing the past three and a half years is re-wiring my brain,” he said.
“The brain is plastic – when we learn things as babies, we are making connections, though the brain stays plastic for the rest of your life, and you can re-wire it.”
Here, a healthy “cognitive reserve” helped, and research had shown that a longer period of education in life meant a better recovery from brain injury later.
By sharing his journey he hoped the knowledge he had been gathering may also benefit others.
“Lots of people with brain injury look perfect - you might think they’re drunk, or mentally ill, but actually they’re just really tired, or they have memory problems, or are anxious sometimes because they’ve had damage to parts of their brain.”
James Piercy will give his “What’s Going On In His Head?” public talk at Auckland Museum at 4pm this Thursday. To book tickets, visit Auckland museum website.
- NZ Herald

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11289302

PPS:

“Do not what you can’t do stop you from doing what you CAN do…best.”
- c

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THE GIFT: “God creates us with different gifts. Each one of us comes into the world with a different collection of life circumstances that often severely challenge us, things that give us joy and in expressing our talents allow us to bless the people, the world around us.”

Originally posted on The Champion:

“God creates us with different gifts. Each one of us comes into the world with a different collection of life circumstances that often severely challenge us, things that give us joy and in expressing our talents allow us to bless the people, the world around us.”

from http://beyondthezonespirit.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/our-talents-are/

http://beyondthezonespirit.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/our-talents-are/

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On the Podium after The Greatest Race

Originally posted on The GRAND PRIZE (GRANDPRIX):

http://godandformula1.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/on-the-podium-after-the-greatest-race/

“When (or perhaps if ever) you arrive in heaven, let hope, faith andlove be the wings that carried you there.”
- as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

“The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”

- craig

“Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”

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“Here was a light behind the despair, beyond the darkness. At first a flicker of an ember, just a tiny pin-prick of dawning possibilities”

Originally posted on It's Always Darkest Before The Dawn:

http://journalistandwriter.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/here-was-a-light-behind-the-despair-beyond-the-darkness-at-first-a-flicker-of-an-ember-just-a-tiny-pin-prick-of-dawning-possibilities/

from http://www.peacepursuit.wordpress.com and http://www.sawriter.wordpress.com

“Together, one mind, one soul, one life, one small step at a time, let’s plant seeds of hope, then march together towards a better future…a far brighter tomorrow”

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