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TranSpirations: Take In Love

Tom’s April 4, 2008 I’m home! Amazing that it’s only been four days since my surgery. Recovery went smoothly. I was up walking in no time and although the 9 inch cut into my torso is serious---pain is little and it will heal nicely I have no doubt. Rehab will be a challenge and [...]

October 14th, 2016|All, TranSpirations|

TranSpirations: Appreciate What We Have

Tom’s Journal-March 30, 2008 This second day of recovery, I see Em, my other daughter. Great to laugh with her as she asks how my “ticker thing” is working. I see my ole pal Feds in the back of the room and motion him over. Tell him “thanks” as I hear he’s been hanging [...]

September 30th, 2016|All, TranSpirations|

TranSpirations: The Work of Transition

Tom’s Journal-March 28, 2008 6:00 AM..."We go" as my quarterback from Ripon College would say as our offense took the field. I'm calm; at peace. Les and daughter Libby slept in my hospital room. Lib read the 91sst Psalm to me. Dr. Nicolasi came by to give me confidence. I joked about how I [...]

September 16th, 2016|All, TranSpirations|

TranSpirations: Putting It Off is Over

Tom’s Journal-March 21, 2008 So here I am alone in the admitting room of Froedtert Hospital and Medical College of Wisconsin. Just finished calls to my wife, brothers Jack, Jim, Bill, Feds, a friend from high school and college, cuz Mary, and my secretary at UW Milwaukee. Feeling pretty talked out. We’re getting ‘er [...]

September 2nd, 2016|All, TranSpirations|

TranSpirations: Finding Strength When Afraid

Tom’s Journal-March 15, 2008 Home early today from the CT Scan to see how large the aortic aneurysm is—this will help determine when to do the surgery. If close to 5 cm, it’s game time. If less, wait a year or so. Dr. N calls at 3 and I’m glad my wife Les will [...]

August 18th, 2016|All, TranSpirations|

TranSpirations: Facing Your Fears

Tom’s Journal-March 3, 2008 I wish it wasn’t happening—but by accepting it, I feel stronger. Weird—I am strong in my weakness. Pretty sure the disciple Paul said something like that. I guess that adds up because when we are afraid and things are out of our control, we have only one place to turn—the [...]

August 4th, 2016|All, TranSpirations|

TranSpirations: Moving Forward From Your Status Quo

Tom’s Journal-February 23, 2008 This is the major leagues. I’ve had a few life altering events—births, marriage, deaths; you know the stuff. But this is right up there as I follow my cardiologist’s guidance to find a surgeon. Met with one today. He seemed fine but something wasn’t quite right. He was smart; had [...]

July 22nd, 2016|All, TranSpirations|

Transpiration: Just Knowing It Will be Alright

Tom’s Journal-February 22, 2008 I sit in the blue chair and read a bit about Gnostic faith in The Nag Hamaradi Scriptures given to me by my son Jay. “Western civilization is rooted in three impulses—reason, faith and gnosis (inner knowing). I like that last one---there is a part of us which “knows”—just because [...]

July 7th, 2016|All, TranSpirations|

Respite: Try What Has Not Been Tried

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” - Pablo Picasso Pablo Picasso, author of the above quote, was revered by many but also confused many, and even angered some, through his choices of expression. His message, however, is applicable for each of us, [...]

June 30th, 2016|All, Respite|

TranSpirations: Gaining A Positive Outlook

Tom’s Journal-January 24, 2008 I lie on the examination table waiting for the doc to come and gently, I hope, ease a tube down my throat as part of a TEE (Trans Esophageal Echocardiogram) Test. The procedure will provide information about my weakened valve and resulting aneurysm at the base of the aorta. [...]

June 23rd, 2016|All, TranSpirations|