Keeping Things Whole by Mark Strand

In a field
I am the absence
of field.
This is
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.
 
 
When I walk
I part the air
and always
the air moves in   
to fill the spaces
where my body’s been.
We all have reasons
for moving.
I move
to keep things whole.
 
 
Mark Strand, “Keeping Things Whole” from Selected Poems. Copyright © 1979, 1980 by Mark Strand.
Source: Selected Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002)

The Road to World Parkinson’s Congress

This is my journey to the World Parkinson’s Congress in Portland in September.

I have to admit, I would not have gone on my own: my kids will have just started school (2nd and 5th grade), and it’s a busy time of the year for our family.

But as an Ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundation, and a member of a group of 15 of us, I wanted to attend. Plus my husband said, “You HAVE to go! It will be like a week’s vacation!”

So that pretty much decided it.

The World Parkinson’s Coalition sent me this, and I think it pretty much sums it all up. Life, the irony of my situation, my new loss of balance, my bad driving skills, the fact that  there is NO WAY I could get intoxicated when half a drink puts me to sleep…

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