On Artificial Hearts, My Running and My Cousin’s Engagement.

Did you ever experience waking up with a certain enthusiasm and multitudinous thoughts passing through your mind like an unabated torrent of consciousness, as opposed to the proverbial “stream of consciousness?”

Well, that’s how I feel this morning.

My mind is a spinning vortex of  thoughts and the daily routine is lost in the blaring cacophony and dissonance of more powerful ideas.

If this somewhat disjointed blog reflects that, now you know why!

You know, replacing the heart might not seem the most daunting challenge. All it does is pump blood, and humans have built pumps for thousands of years. But to describe the heart as merely a pump is like saying all the cellist Yo-Yo Ma does is drag horsehair across wires.

Clyde Haberman, writing in the yesterday’s edition of the New York Times, posits that the artificial heart is finally good medicine again. Quite an interesting read, over here.

artificial heart

In other news, I’m finally back to running after my recent bout with Achilles Tendinitis!

Of course, I cannot ramp back up to my typical 35 miles per week average during the spring and need to do this very slowly, lest I reinjure my Achilles. So I think I’ll start with about 10-15 miles per week, with my longer runs reserved for Sunday.

Yesterday, I went out for a 6 mile run in the early morning chill. I didn’t run on all flats and actually did a few hill repeats. It felt really good to get back out and my average was a decent 8 minutes and 30 seconds per mile. I’ll take it.

Did you know that the real Forrest Gump is actually somewhat of a running legend in Miami Beach, Florida!

They call him “The Raven.” Fascinating guy with a very cool story (read it here)


Finally, my cousin got engaged this week.

I was floored when I found out where he met his bride.

They actually met in the waiting room of an organization that facilitates and matches kidney donors to needy transplant patients.

Both of them are kidney donors!

Now you know the rest of the story!

Go take on the day!


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