This Film is 2/3 Over
Officially completed my second of three cycles! That means next Thursday begins my final 3-week cycle, starting off with the oh-so-lovely 5-day treatment from hell. But hey, it will be my last 5-day!
Had an appointment with the doctor yesterday and everything is on track. I am kicking cancer’s ass in the blockbuster action film of the summer that will have no sequels. That’s right, you heard me cancer – no sequels.
Speaking of films though, here are some new ratings for your enjoyment: The Hangover (Excellent), Frost/Nixon (Excellent), What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (Very Good), Barton Fink (Very Good), The Lives of Others (Excellent), The Promotion (Good), There Will be Blood (Excellent), The Green Mile (Excellent)
And while I’m at it, here are some books I’ve read thus far. All come highly recommended:
A Persistent Peace: One Man’s Struggle for a Nonviolent World by John Dear
This book follows the story of John Dear, a Jesuit Priest who has consistently stood for peace through radical non-violence. Ironically this peace stance landed him in countless jail cells over the years. His story is truly compelling; it has moved me to a non-violence position. It is a position that I did not always stand in, but I find myself now totally convinced.
As I put my body through this intense warfare, I wonder why and how we have come to a place where we so easily resort to inflicting pain upon each other and ourselves. Imagine if we lived in a world where war wasn’t even an option? If violence was not a tool by which our nation seeks to gain power, but instead that tool was peace. It sounds hokey, perhaps, idealistic at the least. And yet, why couldn’t we be that kind of society? Perhaps a better question that this wonderful book raises: what will happen to us if we remain on course – if we keep choosing to respond to violence with violence? Dr. King puts it best with this, “It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence.”
Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch
I had been recommended this book for some time now and I finally read it. What a refreshing read it is. Regardless of your religious background, this book gives you a whole new perspective on God, spirituality and religion. It puts you in control and in touch with a profound spirituality. One eye-opening example I can offer: there is no hell! Why would God offer us free will, but then say, “make sure you make the right choices.” What kind of free will would that be? And is he such a vengeful God to want to punish us for eternity? These are just a few of the very freeing points made in this book.
Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox
I figured I could use a healthy dose of optimism as I go through treatment, so I purchased Michael J. Fox’s latest book. I’ve always been amazed at this actor’s strength and moved by his story. His optimism is so evident through the stories that he tells in this book and even his warm writing style. Fox responded to his disease by starting what is now the #1 Parkinson’s Foundation. His achievements are, to put it lightly, inspiring. His book is a great read about all facets of life. I really enjoyed it.