Brian’s Blog

Stanley’s Third Birthday – Post Heart Transplant

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Blog, Books, Updates | 2 comments

You do remember I’ve named my new heart “Stanley”. Calling my new heart, “the new heart” seemed too impersonal. Yes – Stanley is great, and his check up a couple of weeks ago showed ZERO rejection and that he was in perfect health. Let me begin by thanking the 300,000 +  people from all over the world who have followed my journey and sent me well wishes, good vibes, kept me in their thoughts and sent prayers of all types.  The power of all that you have done has brought me through a most hazardous...

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Supporting Literacy and Libraries

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Community Charity Book to Fund New Library/Literacy Programs Charity, they say, begins at home, and sometimes that ‘home’ is much more than four walls with a roof. A home is also a community. In the city of Universal City, Texas, that community has come together in a big way! Residents have applied pen to paper to create fantastic stories and amazing poetry which have all been compiled into a book, ‘Tales and Poems from Universal City, Texas’, to benefit this community home. How? Simple. All sales from this warm and wonderful book will...

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Birth Of A Book – “Liver AND Heart Failure (sigh)”

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Blog, Old blog reruns | 0 comments

Finally,  with these posts,  signs of writing to an audience emerge. My work up to now was written as if I was talking to myself. This skill presents at a good time. This blog is nearly complete and there is a book that must arise from these notes. Did you sense anxiety in my words? I was accustomed to dealing with my heart problems. Now, the doctor was telling me I may have liver problems: specifically “Cirrhosis”.  It was easy for me to believe. Afterall, I spent a lifetime drinking. I remember thinking; “I can handle...

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Birth Of A Book – “Am I Dying Yet?”

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Blog, Old blog reruns | 0 comments

Greetings. I needed a break. Posting these blogs every week is not the problem. Reliving these events is mentally exhausting and emotionally draining.  I am increasing the size of the posts.  Making these posts bigger will help us get through them faster. Many of you have shown an interest in my process, and we still have a long way to travel. This is still the first book. There is a theme you may catch as you read through these memories of mine. “Death”.  Once I left hospice, it took a few years to adjust to the notion that I...

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Last Post of 2013 – Random Thoughts – Call For Guest Bloggers

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Blog | 4 comments

Greetings. Merry Christmas. For my Jewish friends and family, I hope you had a wonderful Hanukkah.  Wonderful days for my friends who do not celebrate either. I have a few things on my mind.  As this doesn’t happen often, I thought I would share those thoughts with you. My grandchildren are growing too fast. My children have turned into adults! I am very proud of them. I do not like the direction our country is going. The government is the worst in my memory, and I am nearly 60 years. Congress is useless, our president is likewise...

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Birth Of A Book – “A Precarious Balancing Act”

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Blog, Old blog reruns | 0 comments

This blog, “Birth of a Book” was my way of showing you how I organized my thoughts to write my first memoir, “Death:Living To Talk About It”. I say this to remind you why I am going through these old blogs. The whole thing was a learning process for me. If you have followed along, you could see that I grew as a writer.  I started using paragraphs, I added additional information about the medical stuff, and then in today’s blog – a picture was used. It will not be long before the first memoir is ready to be...

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Birth Of A Book – “And Another Sunrise”

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Blog, Old blog reruns | 0 comments

Half a year went by and I was still alive. It seemed I may not die afterall. At least not yet. This period of time was littered with health events that should have landed me in the emergency room. I was determined to avoid that outcome at all cost. (and I do mean at all cost) However, after a bit of back-peddling with the cardiologist, I was back on track working to control my heart failure. But heart failure has left its mark, and myrid other problems begun surfacing. One battle after the other. That had become our way of life. You may or...

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The Birth Of A Book – “Times Get Tougher”

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Blog, Old blog reruns | 0 comments

This period in my life was akward.  The doctors still say that I am dying. The doctors still say that there is nothing they can do to alter that outcome. Yet – I kept breathing. Despite the doctors best efforts to declare me dead: I lived. My family was pensive. Me too. When the year 2007 came to an end, I was still alive. By the grace of God, I still  held a place on this earth. I can never be certain, but I believe it was after I had had an opportunity to reflect on what I had written that the notion of writing a book took...

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The Birth Of A Book – “Coming To Terms With My Death”

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Blog, Old blog reruns | 4 comments

This particular post is a bit longer than usual.  In the posts, I was tackling the subject of hospice. For continuity’s sake, I thought these  posts needed to be shown together. While I am all in favor of a little suspense from time to time, in this instance I felt that separating the last two posts would disconnect the reader from the story. Four posts – two days. I sat at my desk, reminiscing the events in my mind as I remembered them. Then, once I thought I had the memory clear, I would fact check the story with Denise, or...

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Guest Blog By Arlene Knickerbocker – ” Offering The Gift Of Feedback”

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Blog, Guest Blogger | 5 comments

Offering The Gift Of Feedback by Arlene Knickerbocker Leadership and management expert Dr. Ken Blanchard said, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” Recently I found myself energized when I received an email message from someone who had read my latest nonfiction book. She told me how it had impacted her life and how she was sharing information she had learned with others. The sun seemed brighter that day. After all, I had hoped and prayed my book would make a difference in readers’ lives. Technology has accelerated opportunities to...

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