Two years after a brain injury left him introverted and aggressive, James Cracknell and his wife Bev tell how it nearly tore them apart

Two years after a brain injury left him introverted and aggressive, James Cracknell and his wife Bev tell how it nearly tore them apart

By Rebecca Hardy

From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2226360/James-Cracknell-wife-Beverley-tell-brain-injury-nearly-tore-apart.html

PUBLISHED: 17:25 GMT, 4 November 2012 | UPDATED: 17:25 GMT, 4 November 2012

Olympic rower James Cracknell and his wife Beverley have talked about little else in the past two years besides whether they can hold their marriage together. They’re still not sure.

The other weekend they celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary with a night away at a hotel in Richmond, south-west London.

It was one of the few grown-up times they’ve had together without their three children – Croyde, nine, Kiki, three, and 18-month-old Trixie – since James suffered a brain injury after being whacked on the back of the head by the wing mirror of a petrol tanker while cycling in Arizona.

James and Beverley are still unsure of whether they can hold their marriage down

‘It was awkward,’ says James, 40. ‘It was really nice to get away, but there was also that realisation that we hadn’t had time alone together for so long so it felt very unusual. It was a lesson we should do it more often. If I don’t make an effort, the reality is I may not have my family in the future.

‘That would be the worst outcome – if we don’t stay together.’ And, for a man who struggles to show emotion since his brain injury, James looks indescribably sad.

It was in July 2010 that the double Olympic rowing gold medallist was hit by a truck while attempting to travel from Los Angeles to New York in 16 days – running, cycling, rowing and swimming.

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His brain smashed against the front of his skull, damaging the frontal lobe – the part of the brain that governs personality.

When the call came, Beverley, now 38, didn’t know whether her husband would be paralysed, brain-damaged or even dead by the time she got to the hospital. Ten days later, she discovered she was pregnant with Trixie, at a time when the doctors were unable to tell her if James would ever be the same again.

Even now, two years later, he is not. Beverley has struggled to recognise the ‘gentle, laid-back, surferish’ James she married. Instead, she has had to contend with an irritable, occasionally aggressive stranger. It became impossible to leave James and Croyde in the same room together because this once-besotted dad would bully and mock his son.

Beverley didn’t know whether her husband would be paralysed, brain-damaged or even dead by the time she got to the hospital

‘That was when I was almost going to ring his parents and say, “You’re going to have to take him. I can’t have him near the children.” That was my red flag,’ Beverley says.

‘I don’t know why I didn’t. I just felt sorry for him as well. It wasn’t his fault. But in that first year I wasn’t sure I could do this for the rest of my life. No woman would be. No matter how much you love them, that person is effectively dead.

‘I remember being in a supermarket and Sade’s By Your Side was playing. It was the song we walked down the aisle to. I stood in the cereal aisle and had a bit of a weep to myself. It was just so heartbreaking, thinking, “This is rubbish. I’m buying food for the house. I’ve got to go to pick the children up from school. James is at home, but he can’t help me because he can’t drive.”

‘It sounds silly, but it’s the trivial practicalities that make you feel really alone. He couldn’t support me. He was the one person I wanted to talk to about how messed up the situation was, but he was the one person I couldn’t discuss it with.’

Beverley, a former competitive swimmer and television presenter, is a bright, feisty, no-nonsense Northerner. She’s a stayer, not a bolter, but those first 18 months were enough to test the patience of a saint. James’s temper was explosive, and when Beverley was barely four months pregnant he lost it completely and tried to throttle her.

She details these horrifying times with huge poignancy in the book they’ve written together, Touching Distance. So much so that when James read his wife’s words shortly before the book went to the printers, he added to the dedication, ‘For Croyde, Kiki, Trixie; all of our amazing family… and every person whose life is touched by brain injury. (And Bev, it’s only from reading your words that I truly understand what you’ve been through. I adore you.)’

For such is the nature of James’s injury he cannot remember much of what happened in the first year or so after his accident. ‘I’m generally not someone who shows emotion,’ he says, ‘but I couldn’t read more than a few pages without crying.

‘The worst thing was reading how scared Bev was.’ As he says this he looks beseechingly at his wife, who reaches out to touch his hand. ‘Even if  I have been angry with our son, I’ve never smacked him and I’ve never hit Bev. To think I’d put someone I loved in that position… ’ He shakes his head.

While Beverley feels extremely sorry for her husband, she began to doubt whether she could continue to be with him

The divorce rate among couples dealing with brain injury is 75 per cent and James is desperate not to be another statistic. ‘I cope better now but I can remember situations where I’ve felt frustrated,’ he says. ‘I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t being understood. Through my eyes everything looked vaguely as it had done before the accident. It was other people who were treating me differently.’

The truth is, James’s behaviour was bizarre in the first months. He convinced himself he’d been commissioned to ghost-write Gary Lineker’s column on the Ryder Cup, telling Beverley, ‘His girlfriend told me because she slept in my room last night.’ But he’s come on in leaps and bounds.

Today, his eyes sparkle and his wit is quick. Take, for example, when he explains that tests show his ability to recognise faces is towards the special needs end of the scale, whereas his numerical recall is up there with members of Mensa, Nasa and MI6. Ever fancied being a spy James?

‘Well, maybe James Bond,’ he says. ‘But I wouldn’t be able to tell the baddies from the goodies.’ We both laugh, then he adds, ‘I’ve had to recognise I’ve changed.’

The divorce rate among couples dealing with brain injury is 75 per cent and James is desperate not to be another statistic

So has Beverley. ‘When we were first home I thought, “He’s never going to bear any resemblance to the person I married.” That was a bleak time. I thought, “I’m going to have to start grieving.”’ I wonder what’s left to love when the man she knew has gone.

‘I have a great respect for him for doing everything he’s doing [meetings for future documentaries, commentating during the Olympics]. He could have so easily laid on the sofa for two years and felt sorry for himself.

‘And I do still fancy him, he’s still in great physical shape and he makes me laugh every day,’ she grins. ‘I didn’t  fancy him for a while because brain injury complicates how you see that person. But there were much bigger issues to worry about than the physical side of our relationship.

‘That was probably when our relationship was less like that of  husband and wife, when he was home for the first year to 18 months and was in a bleak place. He just wasn’t funny any more because he didn’t find life funny. Weeks went by when he didn’t seem to smile, let alone laugh. In that situation you think, “How am I going to ever be back on an even keel?”’

Working together on their book has been a huge help. ‘I’ve got to spend more time with him and I’m able to see his personality again. I think he’ll always be different, but I’m beginning to see ‘different’ might not necessarily be bad.

‘There’s not a day goes by when we don’t wish this hadn’t happened, but we’ve got to try and see it in a positive way. If nothing else I think about the families who are living with brain injuries who can read this book. All marriages can be difficult, but you stick with it because that’s what you do – until you get to a point where you really can’t do that any more.’

But after spending several hours with this gutsy couple, I wouldn’t mind betting that won’t be any time soon.

Touching Distance by James Cracknell and Beverley Turner, published by Century in hardback and ebook, £18.99.

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James Cracknell: Brain injury changed my personality

The double gold medal winning Olympic rower, James Cracknell tells Stephen Sackur how an accident which left him with a brain injury has changed his life and put his family relationships under strain.

In July 2010, Mr Cracknell was hit from behind by a petrol tanker whilst cycling during an attempt to cycle, row, run and swim from Los Angeles to New York within 16 days.

He told the BBC’s Hardtalk programme about how his injury has affected his relationship with his son and his wife.

If you have had a similar experience with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) a research team for a BBC documentary currently in development would be interested in hearing from you. Please email: kathleen.mullin@bbc.co.uk

You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Thursday 15 November at 04:30, 09:30, 15:30 and 21:30 GMT and the BBC News Channel at 0030 and 0430 GMT on Friday 16 November 2012 and 0030 on Saturday 17 November 2012

Watch recent episodes online (UK only) or subscribe to our podcast. Find out who is coming up on the programme by following us on Twitter .

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About the Author Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his lifes savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" (it missed, btw!) and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season." True! The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at ebooks (digital books) http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock Paperbacks (see https://goldendawnpublishing.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/paperback-writer/ and https://wanttowriteabook.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/paperback-writer-the-beatles/ https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=%22craig+lock%22&sitesearch_type=STORE https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE! “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.” PPS Don’t worry about the world ending today… as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand
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      Thanks for the kind words. and pleased you like it
      All the best
      c

      The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available 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

      All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
      MINE!

      THANKS for the feedback/comments

      Hi

      CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
      MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT and many hundreds of thousands already on my various other blogs at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/…true!) …obsessive or WHAT! *So hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.
      So sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”),

      I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

      To answer a few questions (I’m “snowed under”, so sorry, don’t have resources as a “one man band”, nor “the mental/cognitive energy” to answer you individually on my many many blogs http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/

      * this and my various other blogs cost NOTHING, but time and energy

      * I don’t do social media, like Twitter, etc. Can’t for the life of me see why people want to spend/waste their time on that (if people wanted to follow me, my close friends say it should be with a video-camera!), so just use WordPress and my various articles at http://www.selfgrowth.com

      * I get really really fatigued. So don’t have time to look at other web sites or comment on design (anyway I know nothing about that). Firstly, to the few (.001%??) who may be complaining about the occasional “spelling mistake” (have you heard of British English??), or want more pictures, I don’t have time…and “don’t major in minor details”- I just write.
      Perhaps ”man invented language in order to satisfy his need to complain.”
      – Canadian linguist Steven Pinker

      * Iif you keep on getting about 4 emails if you’ve subscribed to RSS feed (??),
      have had that problem before on another blog and WordPress said you can contact them and said they’d sort out (email help@wordpress.com and/or support@wordpress.com)

      * 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.
      …but am learning “on the go”

      * 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 return links.

      * You may not believe this, but I’m a “total non-techno”, so know, NOTHING about web site design, browser problems, feeds, hosts, servers, overlapping, etc. And lay-out is not one of my strong points. I just write and post on the blog…impulsively! 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 (Can I end a sentence with a “preppie”?).

      * 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

      * Finally, if you want to start a blog and want some tips, you may find my articles on writing at http://www.craigswritingarticles.wordpress.com

      helpful If I could put up a blog, then ANYONE can!

      Just go for it and good luck

      “total non-techno” craig

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

      “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

      from http://www.sharefaith.wordpress.com

      “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.”

      from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/ and http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

      c at 2 am!
      * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

      ~ Franz Kafka

      Time to sleep now, 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

      All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
      MINE!

      PPS:

      Again…“Thanks for the thanks

      Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing
      “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

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

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  2. craiglock says:

    Hi
    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT (and hundreds of thousands already on my other blogs blog…true!) …so hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.
    Am having to remove many and so sorry can’t reply individually, but DO try to read as many as possible daily
    so “thanks for the thanx”
    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)
    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)
    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci
    http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html
    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.
    http://peacepursuit.wordpress.com/
    http://breakdownwalls.wordpress.com/

    The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    PPS

    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing
    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”
    http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

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  8. craiglock says:

    Hi

    To answer a few questions (I’m “snowed under”, so sorry, don’t have resources as a “one man band”, nor “the mental energy” to answer you individually on my many many blogs http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/

    * this and my various other blogs cost NOTHING, but time and energy

    * I don’t do social media, like Twitter, etc. Can’t for the life of me see why people want to spend/waste their time on that (if people wanted to follow me, my close friends say it should be with a video-camera!), so just use WordPress and my various articles at http://www.selfgrowth.com

    * I get really really fatigued. So don’t have time to look at other web sites or comment on design (anyway I know nothing about that). Firstly, to the few (.001%??) who may be complaining about the occasional “spelling mistake” (have you heard of British English??), or want more pictures, I don’t have time…and “don’t major in minor details”- I just write.
    Perhaps ”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.
    …but am learning “on the go”

    * 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 return links.

    * You may not believe this, but I’m a “total non-techno”, so know, NOTHING about web site design, browser problems, feeds, hosts, servers, overlapping, etc. And lay-out is not one of my strong points. I just write and post on the blog…impulsively! 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 (Can I end a sentence with a “preppie”?).

    * 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

    * Finally, if you want to start a blog and want some tips, you may find my articles on writing at http://www.craigswritingarticles.wordpress.com

    helpful If I could put up a blog, then ANYONE can!

    Just go for it and good luck

    “total non-techno” craig

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

    “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

    from http://www.sharefaith.wordpress.com

    “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.”

    from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/ and http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

    c at 2 am!

    Time to sleep now, 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/B005GGMAW4http://www.creativekis.com/amazon.html and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    PPS:

    Again…“Thanks for the thanks

    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing
    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

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

    Like

  9. craiglock says:

    Hi

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT and many hundreds of thousands already on my various other blogs athttp://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/…true!) …obsessive or WHAT! *So hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.
    So sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”),

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS
    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”
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    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.
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    here lived a great street sweeper
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    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS
    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing…

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”
    The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
    http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 andhttp://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

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    Hi

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT and many hundreds of thousands already on my various other blogs at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/ …true!) …obsessive or WHAT! *So hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.
    So sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”),

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS
    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing….

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”
    The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
    http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 andhttp://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

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      To answer a few questions (I’m “snowed under”, so sorry, don’t have resources as a “one man band”, nor “the mental energy” to answer you individually on my many many blogs http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/

      * this and my various other blogs cost NOTHING, but time and energy

      * I don’t do social media, like Twitter, etc. Can’t for the life of me see why people want to spend/waste their time on that (if people wanted to follow me, my close friends say it should be with a video-camera!), so just use WordPress and my various articles at http://www.selfgrowth.com

      * I get really really fatigued. So don’t have time to look at other web sites or comment on design (anyway I know nothing about that). Firstly, to the few (.001%??) who may be complaining about the occasional “spelling mistake” (have you heard of British English??), or want more pictures, I don’t have time…and “don’t major in minor details”- I just write.
      Perhaps ”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.
      …but am learning “on the go”

      * 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 return links.

      * You may not believe this, but I’m a “total non-techno”, so know, NOTHING about web site design, browser problems, feeds, hosts, servers, overlapping, etc. And lay-out is not one of my strong points. I just write and post on the blog…impulsively! 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 (Can I end a sentence with a “preppie”?).

      * 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

      * Finally, if you want to start a blog and want some tips, you may find my articles on writing at http://www.craigswritingarticles.wordpress.com

      helpful If I could put up a blog, then ANYONE can!

      Just go for it and good luck

      “total non-techno” craig

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

      “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

      from http://www.sharefaith.wordpress.com

      “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.”

      from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/ and http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

      c at 2 am!

      Time to sleep now, 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/B005GGMAW4http://www.creativekis.com/amazon.html and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

      All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
      MINE!

      PPS:

      Again…“Thanks for the thanks

      Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing
      “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

      Don’t worry about the world ending today…
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    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
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    So sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”),

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    To answer a few questions (I’m “snowed under”, so sorry, don’t have resources as a “one man band”, nor “the mental/cognitive energy” to answer you individually on my many many blogs http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/

    * this and my various other blogs cost NOTHING, but time and energy

    * I don’t do social media, like Twitter, etc. Can’t for the life of me see why people want to spend/waste their time on that (if people wanted to follow me, my close friends say it should be with a video-camera!), so just use WordPress and my various articles at http://www.selfgrowth.com

    * I get really really fatigued. So don’t have time to look at other web sites or comment on design (anyway I know nothing about that). Firstly, to the few (.001%??) who may be complaining about the occasional “spelling mistake” (have you heard of British English??), or want more pictures, I don’t have time…and “don’t major in minor details”- I just write.
    Perhaps ”man invented language in order to satisfy his need to complain.”
    – Canadian linguist Steven Pinker

    * Iif you keep on getting about 4 emails if you’ve subscribed to RSS feed (??),
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    * 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.
    …but am learning “on the go”

    * 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 return links.

    * You may not believe this, but I’m a “total non-techno”, so know, NOTHING about web site design, browser problems, feeds, hosts, servers, overlapping, etc. And lay-out is not one of my strong points. I just write and post on the blog…impulsively! 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 (Can I end a sentence with a “preppie”?).

    * 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

    * Finally, if you want to start a blog and want some tips, you may find my articles on writing at http://www.craigswritingarticles.wordpress.com

    helpful If I could put up a blog, then ANYONE can!

    Just go for it and good luck

    “total non-techno” craig

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

    “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

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    “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.”

    from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/ and http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

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    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    Time to sleep now, 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

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    PPS:

    Again…“Thanks for the thanks

    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing
    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

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

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      THANKS for the feedback/comments/question(s MANY)

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      CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”
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      So sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”),

      I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

      To answer a few questions (I’m “snowed under”, so sorry, don’t have resources as a “one man band”, nor “the mental/cognitive energy” to answer you individually on my many many blogs http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/craigs-blogs-and-writings/

      * this and my various other blogs cost NOTHING, but time and energy

      * I don’t do social media, like Twitter, etc. Can’t for the life of me see why people want to spend/waste their time on that (if people wanted to follow me, my close friends say it should be with a video-camera!), so just use WordPress and my various articles at http://www.selfgrowth.com

      * I get really really fatigued. So don’t have time to look at other web sites or comment on design (anyway I know nothing about that). Firstly, to the few (.001%??) who may be complaining about the occasional “spelling mistake” (have you heard of British English??), or want more pictures, I don’t have time…and “don’t major in minor details”- I just write.
      Perhaps ”man invented language in order to satisfy his need to complain.”
      – Canadian linguist Steven Pinker

      * If you keep on getting about 4 emails if you’ve subscribed to RSS feed (??),
      have had that problem before on another blog and WordPress said you can contact them and said they’d sort out (email help@wordpress.com and/or support@wordpress.com)

      * 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.
      …but am learning “on the go”

      * 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 return links.

      * You may not believe this, but I’m a “total non-techno”, so know, NOTHING about web site design, browser problems, feeds, hosts, servers, overlapping, etc. And lay-out is not one of my strong points. I just write and post on the blog…impulsively! 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 (Can I end a sentence with a “preppie”?).

      * 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

      * Finally, if you want to start a blog and want some tips, you may find my articles on writing at http://www.craigswritingarticles.wordpress.com

      helpful If I could put up a blog, then ANYONE can!

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      “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.”
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      from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/ and http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

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      * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

      ~ Franz Kafka

      Time to sleep now, 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/

      and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

      All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
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      PPS:

      Again…“Thanks for the thanks

      Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing
      “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

      Don’t worry about the world ending today…
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