The wonders of emerging science and technology never cease. Especially for one man who has been blind for over 33 years.
It’s been 33 years since Larry Hester started going blind. But thanks to a new bionic eye, the 66-year-old is experiencing vision once again, Duke Medicine reports. Granted, “it’s not vision as we traditionally know it,” a Duke University scientist tells Duke Medicine. But “turning this device on allows him to experience a whole new world.” Hester is the first person in North Carolina, and only the seventh in the country, to receive an Argus II Retinal Prosthesis Device.
Last month, he had a sensor implanted in his eye; it gathers light signals from a camera on his glasses. On Oct. 1, the device was turned on for the first time. Could he see? “Oh my goodness. Yes!” he said. Hester suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that causes gradual blindness and is shared by some 50,000 to 100,000 Americans, Today reports. Now he can identify contrasts—for instance, the difference between a door and a wall. He’s already spotted a white duck in a pond and his wife’s flowers, and the Herald-Sun reports he’s hoping to see Fourth of July fireworks. The vision has also provided a “sweet and precious moment,” his wife says. “The other night I was sitting on a dark leather chair [and] he was able to scan over and see my face because it was lighter. And he reached out and touched my face.”
Here at the Jersey shore, we wait patiently for this time of year. Not only have all of the tourists gone home, but the area seems to come alive with beautiful autumnal colors and crystal blue skies. May your Fall be as magical.
It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. The rich colours of grass and earth were intensified by the mellow light of a sun almost warm enough for spring… ~P.D. James, A Taste for Death
No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face….
~John Donne, “Elegy IX: The Autumnal”
Oh how we love pumpkin season. You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right? Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin…. We anxiously anticipate it every year. ~Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer, October 2010
…I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, 10th October 1842
Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
’Neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I’m trying to please to the calling
Of your heartstrings that play soft and low…
Of all the seasons, autumn offers the most to man and requires the least of him. ~Hal Borland
Look at the photo and let the emotions it evokes sweep over you and keep you soaring through the day.
A photographer who witnessed what could be the world’s only girl hunting with a golden eagle – an ancient Mongolian tradition – says watching her in action was a breathtaking sight.
Articles like this remind us all that anything that is perceived as a “handicap” can be overcome. What is your handicap? How can you move beyond it today, even a little?
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Despite being a leg amputee and only having two fingers on his left hand, nine-year-old Ezra Frech strives every day to “make it happen.” He set seven national track and field records this year and was recently nominated as Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKid of the Year.
Kids In The House recently sat down with Ezra to hear his story and listen to how he has become motivated to rise above his differences.
Ezra was born with a shorter left leg and only one finger on his left hand. When he was only two and a half years old, Ezra underwent extensive surgery to amputate his foot on the shorter leg and use one of his toes to create a second finger on his left hand. Now, Ezra uses a prosthetic leg to not just walk around, but to compete in sports including basketball, football, karate, and track and field.
“When I play sports it makes me feel at home and I’m not thinking about being different,” says Ezra. “And I just feel like I am one of the guys.
Read more here.
The word “commitment” can often elicit fear in us, as if we’ll be tied down to something (or someone) and never be free. But commitment is needed every day of our lives in a myriad of ways. Here’s how commitment can serve you.
Forget about the clothing.
And the hair.
And the weight.
And the age.
Do you know how good you look simply by being confident? If you’re not feeling particularly sure of yourself, here are some quick ways to look better without buying a thing:
1. Fix your posture. Most of us walk around notoriously slumped. Pull your shoulder back and gently push your chest out in an expansive manner. You’ll feel better just by doing this.
2. Be comfortable. Fashion shouldn’t hurt. Comfortable clothes can look good and make you feel good. Give your tight, constrictive clothing to a local thrift store.
3. Smile. A smile helps relax the muscles in the face and sends a message to the body that you’re happy (which equals confidence).
What external changes could you make in your environment that would shift your mind, your soul? It could be a little altar or big spring-cleaning. Point being? Let us never forget the power of small changes to our environment.
A small gesture from a non-religious Oakland man has brought a surprisingly big impact to a high-crime neighborhood.
Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle / SFGATE.com
The Eastlake neighborhood resident was simply feeling hopeful when he went to an Ace hardware store, purchased a 2-foot tall Buddha statue and placed it on a median strip in a residential area.
What happened next was nothing short of a miracle. Area residents began to leave offerings at the base of the Buddha including flowers, food, and candles. A group of Vietnamese women in prayer robes began to gather at the statue to pray.
The neighborhood completely changed. People stopped littering and vandalizing. The drug dealers stopped dealing in the neighborhood. Since 2012, crime dropped 82%. Robbery reports went from 14 to 3, burglaries were halved, aggravated assaults, narcotics and prostitution completely vanished.
Read more at Sunny Skyz.
It’s touching to know that firefighters are concerned with the smaller forms of life, like a hamster who was in need of medical help. Kudos to the men and women who remind us that all souls count.
Four hamsters in Washington should be feeling very lucky after a close call last week.
Once firefighters in Lacey, Washington put out a house fire that started in a home’s clothes dryer on Friday, they discovered five caged hamsters had passed out from smoke inhalation.
Using tubing and a plastic bag, firefighter Eric Bamer was quickly able to fashion a makeshift oxygen mask that was just right for the hamsters’ tiny mugs.
“The primary reason we were there was to put out a house fire,” Tim Hulse, battalion chief for the fire department, told TODAY.com. “But we’re in the business of customer service, and any time we’re called to help people, we do the best we can to make their bad situation a little better.”
Hulse was on the scene and able to post photos of the rescue efforts of the hamsters — whose names included Oreo and Madonna — on the fire department’s Twitter page.
Maybe you have a scary doctor’s appointment coming up. Or you’re visiting a sick friend. Or your bills are stacked so high, you fear you might drown in them. Is there something, anything, you can do to alleviate that sense of dread and discouragement?
Hell yeah! There’s humor everywhere. You just need to look for it. Surprisingly, in the darkest of situations, there’s often something funny in beautiful contrast.
But it starts with you. Don’t wait around for it.
Play a funky song. Try out a new fake laugh. Or a silly walk. Reminisce on a sweet, laughted-filled memory, watch your favorite funny movie, dance goofy right this minute, make an inappropriate joke to a person who gets it, try out a made-up word.
Listen, life is serious enough. But its also loaded with comedic undertones. Look for them and if you can’t find ‘em, make one up.
Silly can trump spiritual heaviness if you try. Just force a shift in your mindset, even if for a moment or two.
[If all else fails, wear a clown nose.]
Have you laughed enough today? Have you laughed at all? Laughter is such a magical way to dispel stress and release pent-up emotion…and best of all, it puts a smile on our face. Fake it or find a funny friend or movie…but treat laughter very seriously.