Soon after posting here in August, my wife and I flew to Chicago. There we attended a three-day symposium advocating for the spinal cord injured community. My wife is Executive Director for the organization that hosted the event. I acted as staff photographer. I powered through the busy weekend and the flights all the while adding further testimony to my improving health. Here is a link to a short photo essay created from the experience.
Back home, I worked hard on my golf game as I have since April. I prepped myself to participate in a competitive event, the first in nearly four years. I didn’t achieve all my goals. However, I walked both rounds in 80-90 degree temperatures, which is the equivalent of twelve miles. Last summer, while undergoing my stem cell transplant in Seattle, my goal each day was to climb the 99 steps to our apartment. I’ve learned that success is relative and, as to the golf, it’s always good to have excuses. So, I’ll blame my mental errors on lingering chemo brain.
It’s been a busy summer for the Smith family. Both of our wonderful sons continue to thrive in their chosen activities. Today, Isaac is attending the movie premier of Contrast, a film on which he is one of the principal videographers. His brother, Noah, continues to plug away with Law School at the University of California, Berkeley. Meanwhile, I enjoy the simple delights of my gardens, happy to be alive, and full of energy.