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Friday, August 29, 2008

Tonight I bouldered at Rockreation!

So several months ago I practiced indoor rock climbing THREE times with the National Ability Center - I learned about the harness, the gear, and Kim Millikan at the NAC was my belay. It was difficult but invigorating to be on the wall. Tonight I tried it again with Denise Druce at Rockreation in SLC. This time I bouldered - no ropes, just my strength. Denise suggested I put this photo up - - to compare with the photos of me in the hospital, also on this blog.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Where did I get my blog and book title?

Once my niece pointed to the scar at left (can you see it?) and said, "You have a smile on your forehead."

Monday, August 18, 2008

View me on Daily Documentary!

See photographs and listen to me discuss my injury on The Daily Documentary Project:

(photographer Dallas Graham shoots and interviews everyday people in this project)

The photographs are nice - but admitedly I cringed after hearing the sound of my voice on the Podcast . . .

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Brain Rules

The following is a list of 12 principles to boost your brain power (taken from the book Brain Rules by John Medina). Every singole one is applicable to TBI Survivors -- especially Rule #1

EXERCISE Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.
SURVIVAL Rule #2: The human brain evolved, too.
WIRING Rule #3: Every brain is wired differently.
ATTENTION Rule #4: We don't pay attention to boring things.
SHORT-TERM MEMORY Rule #5: Repeat to remember.
LONG-TERM MEMORY Rule #6: Remember to repeat.
SLEEP Rule #7: Sleep well, think well.
STRESS Rule #8: Stressed brains don't learn the same way.
SENSORY INTEGRATION Rule #9: Stimulate more of the senses.
VISION Rule #10: Vision trumps all other senses.
GENDER Rule #11: Male and female brains are different.
EXPLORATION Rule #12: We are powerful and natural explorers.