Archive for August, 2016

Photo diary: Utah 8/1/16

August 7, 2016

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August 1 is a special date for me. I began my massage practice on this day in 1993. Most of the last 20 years, I have been on some kind of spiritual retreat or workshop on August 1. This year I had the opportunity to spend a few days in the high desert of Utah, four hours south of Salt Lake City. The terrain was stark, beautiful, wide open. I was surrounded by trees, rocks, sagebrush, and sky, visited by hummingbirds, ground squirrels, jackrabbits, cottontails, lizards, bats, and one shy snake.

8-2 big sky8-2 sagebrush and cacti8-1 stump sculpture8-2 meditation row8-2 pine sap8-2 medicine tree8-2 high desert 28-2 high desert8-2 gnarly tree closeup8-2 dead tree silhouette

Good Stuff Online: interview with Ryan Bahr, amputee camp counselor

August 7, 2016

I was surprised, delighted, and moved to learn that there are summer camps for kids who are amputees (or have some other kind of “limb difference”). I came across this regular column by Jordan Floyd called “5 Spot: Random Questions, Surprising Answers” in the Salt Lake City Weekly, Utah’s independent newspaper, during a recent whistle-stop in that city. The column asked five questions of Ryan Bahr (below), a 21-year-old medical student who recently spent his summer as a counselor at the Amputee Coalition’s Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp in Ohio, which is designed, as the column says:

to help young amputees feel like any kid should: normal and accepted. The decision to help children who face similar struggles as Bahr seems to be an easy one for him. Perhaps, just as easy as the decision to amputate his right foot, which he made by simply saying, “Get rid of it.”

You can read the whole interview online here.

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