Triumphs in Life – Darby, Jennifer and the Admiral.

Derby –  Lucky Pioneer

Derby was born with deformed front legs. Angled down, Derby moved by pulling himself on his chest with his elbows and pushing himself with his back legs. Tara Anderson decided to help the dog.  She got him a two wheel cart that supported his front, and that helped a bit, but it was clumsy and his mobility was limited as was his ability to play with other dogs. So, she went in another direction – using the new 3D design and printing technology. Click on the picture for Derby Part 1.

Derby - two deformed legs

They experimented with  different approaches and were able to get some initial success. While the prosthetics were small in height and therefore more controllable attached to his elbow and upper leg, his  body still  tilted downward versus the normal horizontal. So Tara got her crew together and worked on a design that would allow Darby to have a straight back and try to find solutions to different problems. Click on the picture for Derby Part 2 .

Derby with Prosthetics

We are fortunate to live in the age we do.


Here is another parallel situation that involves what is inside our hearts and thinking.

“Never Say Can’t”

Jennifer Bricker – Exceptional Faith Overcomes Major Handicap and Builds an Exceptional Life

Sometimes things happen that we don’t have a choice in or want. But what we do with the hand we’re dealt can make all the difference. It takes determination and Jen Bricker as a baby. Born without legs.perseverance. The video below is about a baby girl that was born with no – zero – legs.  She was left in the hospital after birth by her natural parents because of her lack of legs and the life long challenge of trying to raise such a person. Along comes another couple who recognize the challenge and burden, but they adopt the baby and raise her like her handicap wasn’t a “problem”- like their three healthy boys. How crazy were they? They were crazy enough to think “Can’t isn’t in our vocabulary.”  Click on the picture to watch the video – it’s worthwhile.

Brickner 3


Life Lessons from Seal Training

The third video is a Commencement Speech by Admiral McRaven at the University of Texas in 2014. He is a Navy Seal and 4 star Admiral heading Special Forces Operations. He was head of the unit that planned and led the Osama Bin Laden operation.

These are the 10 lessons he learned in his early Seals Training Program. It’s around 19 minutes, but he has some good points that are applicable to life. Click on the picture to see the video.

McRaven (2)

Odds ‘n Ends – Comments on Life

Here are some thoughts about Life and Love.

“Love, built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.”
– John Donne

“If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how different our ideal of beauty would be”.  -unk

“I measured love by the extent of my jealousy”
-Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

“Love her, love her, love her! If she favours you, love her. If she wounds you, love her. If she tears your heart to pieces – and as it gets older and stronger, it will tear deeper – love her, love her, love her!”
– Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

“Love is the answer, but while you are waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions”
– Woody Allen

“Isn’t what we mean by ‘falling in love’ a kind of sickness and craziness, an illusion, a blindness to what the loved person is really like”
(Sigmund Freud)

“I don’t want to live, I want to love first and live incidentally”
– Zelda Fitzgerald, 1920

“In every living thing there is the desire for love”
– DH Lawrence

“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how”
– Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell

Love [is] a temporary insanity curable by marriage or by removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder. – Ambrose Bierce

“… I used to be scared about marriage. I was like: Wow – 50 percent of all marriages … end up lasting…
for-ever.”                                                – Joe Wong, commedian

“All I’ve wished for in life is to belong, to love and be loved, without doubt, without judgement, without condition.”                                              – Grace Kelly

“… It’s a big world out there, and we’re going to play on every inch of it.”                                      – web commercial.

Do you feel it? I feel energy, I feel lightness, I feel wonder, I feel comfortable, I feel my self, I feel inspired, I feel joyful, I feel like dancing, I feel like exploring, I feel like making and building,  I feel like asking and talking, I feel playful, I feel excited with my eyes bright and wide open, I feel breathing deeply, and smelling the cool, perfumed breeze, and relishing the sun’s warmth, and I feel it all – even more – with you here.                                                                                                – Guido