Friday, 27 March 2020

Coronavirus MASKS -- words from China

Just spoke with my daughter who lives in China. She calls to share her experiences, give us advice and we listen.
Regarding masks, this is what she recommends, this is what China recommends:

When you leave your house, for example when you get into a parking lot PUT ON A MASK.
As she states, you do not know WHO was walking in that area BEFORE YOU. 
These are preventive measures for a very contatgious virus. In India, for example, where they don't have masks, they have been told to stay at home inside their houses for two months. Where we DO have masks, we should use them, as prevention. This is how they do it in China, and China has things under control now, so we should follow their example.

When you go into a closed area, such as a supermarket, there it is a good idea to use one of the heavier masks if you have one.



When you put on a surgical mask, pinch the nose area of the mask.
She also says that, if you use the mask for a short period of time, you can use it again and again (since there is such a shortage of masks). When you come home, HANG THE MASK, for example, on a hanger in order for it to dry. Be careful not to touch it with dirty hands, wash your hands before removing it.

Good luck to us all.


Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Coronavirus and health precautions from daughter in China


The following was just sent to me from my daughter who lives in Beijing China.
This bulletin, in both Chinese and English, is displayed all over China in
public places and advises the public how to help prevent contracting the virus
through simple rules of good health and hygiene.  It was published in mid January, 2020.


“Public Prevention of Pneumonia Caused by Novel Coronavirus”


The pneumonia caused by novel coronavirus is a newly-found disease
 from which the public should strengthen prevention in order to help
 foreigners understand and master the relevant knowledge of prevention. 
National Immigration Administration has compiled and translated this
 guide according to the Public Prevention Notes provided by the Chinese
 Center for Disease Control and Prevention.


      1. Reduce outdoor activities as much as possible.

   1.    Avoid visiting areas where the disease is prevalent

   2.   It is recommended to make less visits to relatives and friends and dining together during    the epidemic prevention and control, and stay at home as much as possible.

   3.    Try to avoid visits to crowded public areas, especially plaes of poor ventilation, such as public bathrooms. Hot springs, cinemas, internet bars, karaokes, shopping malls, bus/train stations, airports, ferry terminals and exhibition centers, etc.

2.  Personal Protection and Hand Hygiene

1.    It is recomended that a mask shall be worn when going out. A surgical or N95 mask shall be worn when visiting public areas, hospitals or taking public transportation.

2.    Keep your hands sanitized. Try to avoid touching public objects and parts in public areas. After returning from public areas, covering your cough, using the restroom, and before meals, please wash your hands with soap or liquid soap under running water, or use alcoholic hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes when you are unsure whether your hands are clean or not. Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when sneezing or coughing.

             3. Health Monitoring and Seeking Medical Attention

1.                   1. Monitor the health conditions of your family members and yourself. Measure your      t 
                     temperatures when you feel like you have a fever. If you have a child at home
 t                    touch his forehead in the morning and at night. Measure his temperature in case of fever.

2.                 2. Wear a mask and seek medical attention at nearby hospitals in case of suspicious                                  symptoms. Go to medical institution in a timely manner in case of suspicious symptoms
s                   lating to pneumonia caused by novel coronavirus are found. Such symptoms 
i                   include fever, cough, pharyngalgia, chest distress, dyspnea, mildly poor appetite, 
f                   feebleness, mild lethargy,  nausea, diarrhea, headache, palpitation, conjunctivitis, mildly
                   sore limbs or back muscles, etc. Try to avoid taking metro, bus and other public
 t                 transportation and visiting crowded areas. Tell the doctor your travel and   residence
                    history in epidemic areas, and whom you met after you got the disease. Cooperate
                    with your doctor on the relevant queries.

           4D Keep Good Hygiene and Health Habits

           1.  Frequently open the windows of your house for better ventilation.

2.  Do not share towels with your family members. Keep your home and table clean. Sun-dry your clothes and quilts often.

3.   Do not spit. Wrap your oral and nasal secretion with tissue and throw it in the covered dustbin.

4.   Balance your nutrition and exercise moderately.

5. Do not touch, buy or eat wild animals (game). Try to avoid visiting markets that sell live animals.



Tuesday, 24 March 2020

CORONAVIRUS -- A STORY THAT CAN HELP YOU, AN INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE

A MESSAGE AND A STORY
We are following what is happening in the States and are sorry, but unfortunately not surprised. Surprises are happening every day, there, here, and at a certain point, I at least had to ask myself, "Now, what can I do to feel better, what can I do?"
Because, you have to do something! Activitiy will be your cure. You can only take so much news, so much negativity. Both physically and mentally it is wearing on body and soul.
Please, friends and family, take a pause, and do something nice for yourself.
Some people, I know, are terribly fragile. I see people asking when this will be over. Who can possibly know the answer! There are unknowns here, and the decisions made by the various governments will make a huge difference.
I look at it like this, at least I try to. I see that this is my life. Strangely, who would have ever imagined, THIS is the life of the whole world right now. It is as united in ONE THING as we could ever be. So, actually, I realize that I am extremely fortunate. With all my own personal problems or concerns, worries or fear, I am fortunate. In fact, a lot of my real displeasure right now is for those who are in horrifying situations, the ones who before all of this were already the sufferers in the wordl: war, hunger, health problems. No homes, no family, disease, handicaps, etc etc So, I am fortunate. AND since this is my life right now, I aim on making myself as strong as I can be. This is a priority.
Right now our real selves will be shown and expressed and we will discover a lot about ourselves. People will be able to take it, harden up their shell and get on with their lives somehow, and get something done. Whatever it is, they will use action to help solve their lonliness, sadness, depression. Being inactive could be very serious right now, it is not something to follow -- the desire to just hide, or watch tv all day, or sleep all day or drink. These things could lead to something more negative and that would be a shame and could be very dangerous.
Please read this extraordinary story someone posted today, I do believe it should be adopted by all in order to have a clearer starting point, a wiser place to begin to make this "adventure" worthwhile, in a way. Here it is. And good luck, but please, read the message with an open mind. I find it very helpful right now.
“Captain, the hub is worried and very agitated about the quarantine that they imposed on us at the port. Can you talk to us? " "What troubles you, boy? Don't you have enough food? Don't you sleep enough?" "This is not it, Captain, I can't stand not being able to go ashore, not being able to embrace my loved ones." "And if they let you down and you were contagious, would you bear the guilt of infecting someone who can't stand the disease?"
I would never forgive him, even if this plague was invented for me! " "Maybe it is, but if it doesn't?" "I understand what you mean, but I feel deprived of freedom, Captain, they have deprived me of something." "And you deprive yourself of even more things, boy." "You are making fun of me?" "Not at all ... If you let yourself be deprived of something without responding adequately, you have lost". "So, in your opinion, if they take something from me, do I have to take other ones off to win?" "Sure. I did it in the quarantine of seven years ago." "And what did you deprive yourself of?" "I had to wait more than twenty days on the ship. I had been waiting for months to enjoy the port and enjoy some spring on land. There was an epidemic. In Port April they forbade us to go down. The first days were hard. I felt like you. Then I started to respond to those impositions by not using logic. I knew that after twenty-one days of behavior a habit is created, and instead of complaining and creating terrible ones, I started behaving differently from all the others. I began to reflect on who, in deprivation, has many and for all the days of his miserable life, to get in the right perspective, then I worked to win. I started with food. I forced myself to eat half of what I normally ate, then I began to select more easily digestible foods, which would not overload my body. I went to feed on foods that, traditionally, contributed to keeping man healthy. The next step was to combine this with a purification of unhealthy thoughts, to have them ever higher and nobler. I forced myself to read at least one page a day of a book on a topic I didn't know. I forced myself to do physical exercises on the bridge at dawn. An old Indian had told me years ago that the body is empowered by holding its breathI forced myself to take deep breaths every morning. I believe my lungs never reached such a force. The evening was the time for prayers, the time to thank some entity that rules everything, for not giving me the fate of having serious deprivations for my whole life.
Always the Indian advised me, years before, to get into the habit of imagining light entering me and making me stronger. It could also work for loved ones who were far away from me, and so this practice also made an appearance on every day I spent on the ship.
Instead of thinking about everything I couldn't do, I thought about what I would do once I got off. I saw the scenes every day, lived them intensely and enjoyed the wait. Everything you can get right away is never interesting. Waiting serves to sublimate desire, to make it more powerful.
I had deprived myself of succulent foods, of many bottles of rum, of blasphemies and curses to be listed in front of the rest of the crew. I had deprived myself of playing cards, of sleeping a lot, of lazing around, of thinking only of what they were depriving me of. "
"How did it end, Captain?"
"I acquired all those new habits, boy. They made me get off after much longer than I expected."
"Did they also deprive you of spring, anyway?"
"Yes, that year they deprived me of spring, and of many other things, but I had nevertheless flourished, I had brought spring inside, and no one could have stolen it anymore".
Alessandro Frezza - from the diary of Donatella Anna Maffei

Monday, 23 March 2020

CORONAVIRUS - thoughts from American in Italy

WHERE you are born and HOW you are brought up, may be a factor whether you live or die in this new situation. This thought came to mind when just now I was thinking about New Zealand, because one of my daughters is now there. We were there long ago, and to tell you the truth, after several weeks there I was sometimes missing the confusion and the imperfection of Italy! Everything is so well organized, and people are so polite and things work beautifully. In a place like that, I am almost sure that they will be able to get people to STAY AT HOME and not to socialize even if their don't force people to do so.
Here in Italy there is just too much "I don't care" as a common attitude. Just the fact that people cut into line, or throw paper out of the windows, or get rid of their dogs thinking others will pick them up and take them home, THESE ATTITUDES are now being shown here. And not only here in Italy. I do believe that where people are very free, and if those free people are also egotistic, then we and they have a HUGE PROBLEM THAT COULD COST THEM THEIR OWN LIFE AND THOSE OF OTHERS.
How does that work? For those who don't know, I will tell you (remember I AM NO EXPERT, JUST AN AMERICAN LIVING IN ITALY).
1. You go to a party
2. At the party someone has no symptoms but they have the virus
3. You speak with that person, you are close to them. You get these microscopic droplets into your system.
4. You go home and for the next two weeks you feel fine. You have NO SYMPTOMS. BUT....who knows how many people you have infected!! You would not even be able to keep count!
5. Let's say one of these people, like one of your parents get this virus from you. They end up in the hospital. Now, YOU HAVE TO ISOLATE YOURSELF, ALONE LIKE A DOG AND.....
GET IN TOUCH WITH EVERYBODY ELSE THAT YOU WERE WITH DURING THAT TIME.. At their homes, at the office, at the bank, in a bar, at a gym, at the market, at a party, at a concert, on the bus, on the metro, on the sidewalk waiting for a film, in the movies, at a coffee shop, at the post office, at your relative's house, at an old-age home, and the list goes on. YOU HAVE INFECTED ALL OF THESE PEOPLE!!! YES YOU!!
IF you are lucky enough to understand that you don't have to be born in a Comunist country where there are enforced laws and if you don't follow them you could be in deep trouble, then maybe you will be able to understand the above. YOUR ACTIONS, AND YOUR CHILDREN'S ACTIONS, COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!
And what about on the beach? We are seeing this NOW, TODAY, IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE WORLD. IS THAT OK? READ UP ABOUT IT!!!!!|!! IT IS NOT OK!
You put on sunscreen and another person uses the bottle, touches their face and eyes and mouth, and they have the virus from someone who didn't know they were contagious. This bottle and germs is being passed around, or drinks are being shared, cellphones and selfies. Towels, icecream, and holding hands and kisses. All these things now, yes, have to stop. IT IS NOT THE TIME!!!! READ UP ABOUT IT! PEOPLE ARE D Y I N G.
AND THEY ARE NOT ALL OLD!!!
For some reason, probably also because they are so busy filling up hospitals and trying to save lives, are not telling us exactly the number of people who are young and dying. They are there.
We see plenty of posts about people online. Check it out, do your homework.
And shopping??? Once every two weeks for us is enough. We have a medium fridge, but those American fridges can hold enough for more than a month, or maybe two. If you don't have a lemon, or whatever, be without. It may cose you your life to go out! CHECK THE FACTS, AND CHECK THE SCIENTISTS.
Getting back to my beginning theme, about where one is born, I do think, some countries are more respectful of rules and regulations. Maybe lots of Americans are used to having police around, and lists of rules posted in gyms, schools, doctor offices. But, it has more to do with all sorts of things, and the big one is respect, RESPECT. Right now, RESPECT is going to save you, and me, and everyone. Hospitals are filling up so fast that they can't take everyone who needs them. They will fill up less if people do what the doctors are asking them to do, STAY AT HOME and this way less people will be contaged with the virus. IT IS SO SIMPLE, PLEASE, TRY TO UNDERSTAND!!

Thursday, 19 March 2020

American in Italy and Coronavirus -- The Elderly

Coronavirus? The elderly? 


I am not an expert.  Just a normal American woman who has been living in Italy since 1974. And I also have a daughter in China, so I am lucky to receive information and  guidance and experience of this daughter who has learned a lot having lived through this virus directly in China. 

Where I live in Perugia it is a small city, so it is easy to hear directly of people's experiences. The number of contagious people in Italy is very high. We all know someone who works in the medical field here, so information is constantly getting to us.

From afar, I am seeing and hearing things that are being said and shared by Americans. I am disgusted with calling the virus the Chinese Virus (this, thanks to you know who!!). There are various ideas about whether the virus actually did come from China or not, which you can find on the web.
And I am also angered at the hostility against Chinese or Asians in general in the USA. It also has happened here, and is dreadful.

Today a friend just wrote asking me if it is true that "Italy is not caring for the elderly if they contract the virus". I looked it up on SNOPES to get the truth. Snopes searches the truth about current affairs mostly, and you can count on their research and opinions. 


As I had known basically, there are mixed answers on this question about the elderly. Definitely it is not that Italy doesn't care for the elderly, but just like in any other country who is not ready for the amount of people who are constantly being taken in ambulances to the hospitals, if they don't have enough machinery, enough of the machines that aid with respiratory difficulty, then at that point, if the hospitals are overcrowded and a decision must be made about who gets the machine and who doesn't, the choice will go to the person who has the most possibility of surviving.

Harsh, but true. AND THAT IS WHY ALSO, RIGHT NOW IT IS IMPERATIVE TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES AND TO STAY IN GOOD HEALTH.
 Italy is not the only country with a lack of these important machines. Also now we will see if the USA will be prepared to care for the amount of people that most likely will come down with the virus.

Another truth is that visitors are not able to come and visit very ill relatives because this virus is way too contagious. This means, now is the time to stop being with people, and if you have to be, a mask and a very good distance between the two of you. 

 Here is an EXCEPTIONAL list of what happened here in Italy, step by step worth the read: 



Remember.....
CHECK OUT THE EXPERTS
DON'T SHARE POSTS OR INFORMATION BEFORE CHECKING IT
USE COMMON SENSE
AND STAY IN, START SOCIAL DISTANCING
THIS VIRUS IS NO JOKE....

It may seem like something to joke about in the beginning, I think we all went
 through this period, not knowing much, not believing it was true, and taking 
it as if it was an impossibility. I just heard this morning of an island in Hawaii 
shutting down almost everything. Now in New Zealand they are not permitting
 any more foreigners into their country. And in the States, people are believing 
this is not hitting them? And to not take things seriously??



Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Coronavirus -- Some Viewpoints from American mother in Italy, daughter in China

It has been a while since I have written here. I feel it is my duty to do so now.
Being an American who has lived in Italy for 45 years, and having a daughter who has been in Beijing, China  for five years, definitely our latest experience of the Coronavirus has changed our phonecall conversations, and has definitely made it more useful for me to talk with my daughter more often.
She gives me excellent advice, and I listen.
I thought I would share some of it here with you now.

She tells me to be very careful in some situations that we do not especially hear about now in Italy. Let's say, these hints are more specific, and can be easy to do and useful.

One things my daughter suggested is to avoid elevators. She suggests using a mask whenever you are in places where people might be, and now, crowds should be totally avoided as we have been doing here in Italy for weeks. But, today she mentioned this. When one walks into a building, where you must go into someone's home (for example, going to visit your mother or relative who you are assisting), immediately before getting into the building, you should put a mask on. Once in the apartment of the building you can take it off.
The reason for this is that you don't know who was in that building a few minutes before you, perhaps someone sneezed or coughed. The virus is not totally known, and extremely contagious. So, this extra precaution is useful.

Another interesting concept is that fruit and veggies, when possible, should be cooked as a preference.
IF you eat them raw, she suggested to peel them with ONE knife, and then when you are eating, use ANOTHER knife, not the same one. In Italy we shop and chose our produce with a plastic glove supplied by the store. But, if you chose and pick, and people are doing the same, this sounds like a logical idea to me.

You don't want to just bite into an apple in these times. Best to peel fruit. Here in Italy I know that sometimes people have the habit of washing their fruit first, and then peeling. But apples and pears are always peeled.

My daughter also told me that at her last apartment they had a large sign with rules to work by, during these times. If a person worked alone, they were told what kind of rules to go by. If they worked with others, there were other things to respect. It is extremely organized in China, and people do go by the rules.

Speaking of rules, it is so necessary now to isolate, and not to socialize. You just do not know for sure who might have this virus, even without having symptoms. That is the tricky part.

It might be interesting to see what the radio station CRI (China Radio International) has to say and what they post, also regarding rules to follow during this time. This is the Italian link. Definitely all other languages exist also, just Google them. I remember seeing an excellent video made by the Chinese regarding hand washing, but I am sure they have many others.

A smart thing, I believe, is to take the experiences of who has or is going through this before you. Read the experts, I am not one, but being here in Italy I have had a few days more experience than friends in the States. And I listen to my daughter who had even more experience, being in China.

As time goes on, each day passes, our worlds are getting smaller and smaller, we are more limited each day with what we can do outside of our four walls. Actually, lots of good is coming from this, along with the inconveniences. Look for the good, it exists, even in this situation.

Good luck and stay safe!!
In China with my daughter
Here's the Chinese Radio link
http://italian.cri.cn/

Sunday, 24 November 2019

SARDINE DEMONSTRATION IN PERUGIA ITALY - and interview



It was an exciting day in Perugia, Italy, when thousands (perhaps 7,000?) literally poured onto the main streets of the town, in the name of solidariety, peace  and looking to promote goodwill and acceptance of all people, rather than the hate and agressive language and behavior we have been used to lately, due to the political climate in Italy.

The sardines are a symbol of the thousands of people, crushed together like sardines in a can, filling the various cites of Italy and beyond, looking to unite and promote a new era, completely in the opposite direction of who is currently in power.

Click on this link to see (in Italian) myself being 
interviewed, as well as several other people who
 partecipated in the demonstration with their sardines as symbols. 

                           SARDINES IN PERUGIA



That is me in the center with my sardine that says PESCE AND LOVE (a play on words, rather than peace, I changed the letter to spell PESCE, which means, in Italian, FISH)
Two lovely girls that I met on the street, with their handmade sardines.

Lovely friends in Perugia, Pietro Crocchioni, artist and wife, Giuliana with their own sardine, painted by Pietro!





Fun and more new friends and sardines filling the streets. Some of the
 people are holding MY fish in order to let me use my camera to take these pictures.

A HUGE celebration, probably between 5,000 to 7,000 people.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Steve Seymour - article in TRACK COACH (Track and Field)





In the Fall, 2019 issue of Track and Field magazine (Track Coach)
 a detailed article about my father, Steve Seymour, silver medalist 
 in Javelin, London, 1948 has just been written by Kevin McGill.


Here is the link to Mc Gill’s recent article in Track Coach; an extensive story regarding my father’s sports career, as well as an excellent insight into my father’s life, philosophy and a deeper look into the talented and extraordinary person that he was.
I thank Kevin McGill for his passion and dedicated work and for all he has done for
my family and to help keep the memory of my father alive.

Here is the link to the article just published in Track Coach.


Happy reading.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Videos of my father, Olympian athlete Stephen Seymour

Stephen Seymour 
Olympian Champion London 1948
Working out at Santa Monica Beach, California 




Here are two videos regarding my father,
 Olympian silver medalist in London, 1948.

For a fascinating story of how these videos 
were brought to my attention, and more 
information regarding  my recent 
discoveries about my father,
 click on the third link to my blog.

1. Link to Stephen Seymour
 in the 1948 Olympics, 
throwing the javelin 

https://youtu.be/_hMGcSJGlKk

2. Link to Stephen Seymour
 demonstrating all the technical 
steps to throwing the javelin 

https://youtu.be/SuRSqAVOdJg


3. Link to my blog with details 
about how these videos were 
brought to my attention and many
 details regarding my father.
It is a fascinating story. 




Saturday, 4 May 2019

Stephen Seymour - Lucky Discoveries About My Father


Dr. Stephen Seymour, Olympic champion 
silver medalist, London 1948

(Please note  the two important links listed below in blue)



Just days ago one of the most extraordinary events of my life occurred.
 It was a connection that happened due to today’s electronic age,
 but also something that was triggered by a man’s passion for the javelin.

Kevin McGill received my contact information after reading a post I had
written on my blog See More Worlds, about  my father Stephen Seymour. 
My dad had been  an  silver medalist winner in the 1948 London
 Olympics in the javelin throw.

Kevin wrote me a long letter in which he told me that he had run across 
my dad’s javelin exploits in Modern Track and Field, a book by
 Ken Doherty. He quoted from my father’s javelin clinic in 1949, 
in front of the national College Track Coaches. Around that 
time there was an article on my father in Strength and Health 
(which he is trying to locate). The following quote interested Kevin,
 which was a postscript of my father’s:

“One mustn’t think of the javelin as  a minor sport,
like curling or anything. The javelin represents
 the glory of Greece and it symbolizes man’s search
 for his primitive ancestral identity.
 I can blink my eyes and look out at a javelin thrower
 and see tens of thousands of warriors marching 
across the field and I can hear the voices of antiquity. 
No, the javelin isn’t some minor sport. It is classic.
 It is beauty. It is excellence. It is immortality.”

(Steve Seymour, 1948 Olympic Games silver medal winner
 (Kirshenbaum 1969, p401)


Kevin McGill himself is a former javelin thrower who never
 lost interest in the event in nearly 60 years. He had coached 
at Columbia, and currently  assists several javelin throwers
 in college and high school. Regarding the above quote he writes:

 It seems to me that the current track and field world
 needs to be reminded of this quote, and the terrific 
accomplishment of your father.”

He continued : “He was the first US thrower to go to Finland in search
 of how they threw and trained. I was lucky to find a video of him
 throwing in the 1948 Olympics, in the middle of a video in Finnish
 on the winner. He was already a good technician, much better
 than any American, until Bud Held came around. “

“Here is a guy who basically started
 modern American javelin throwing.
 The current coaches and athletes 
should learn more about this terrific athlete!!”

Kevin’s second letter contained the link to this video.
First, I will say that while in Los Angeles last year, I desperately
 tried to save an old movie reel from the 1940’s that had been packed
 away in a blanket, in my parents’ garage. It  included faded and 
unrepairable clips of my dad. The film itself was a fire hazard and
 had already “burned” through the round metal container it had been 
stored in. The most I could do was to take a video of the faded film,
 and some artistic photographs.You can barely see the subject matter,
 but one could see an arm and a javelin that had to be my father’s. I
 went to the fire department to find out about the danger of this kind 
of film, and eventually a Los Angeles agency came to pick 
up the film  and then disposed of it safely.

The  following link  shows my father at about 4:32
 competing in the 1948 Olympics.


In mailing me this video Kevin writes
“ The speaker is the gold medalist. I would love
 to know what he said about your dad!!”

I too was curious to know, and got in touch
 with a friend on Facebook, Aras.who I knew to be from
Finland! He and his Finnish wife kindly sent me the
 translation of this Olympian winner’s words, which were
 emotional to hear and learn about at this time in my life:

“If anyone can shoot longer, then he should be the best. 
There was a guy from California, Doctor Seymour, who was
 in better shape than me. But he had bad luck. In the London 
Olympic Games the wrong man won the title! Seymour was 
much better than me but he didn’t have luck and he lost
 because of throwing just three meters short.”

I reflected on this comment of the first place winner. It was a very
 different world one time!! He actually admitted to the public of being
 the wrong man! I can imagine my father’s disappointment to not have
 had a “lucky” day. I wonder now if he every was knowledgeable about
 the words of  this winner, I imagine so.I was very impressed by this 
first place winner's honesty and generosity in saying and admitting that
 he should not have won. Times have definitely changed in the world of 
sports, and not only! I also am curious to know whether a painting that
 I found in my parents’ house, a painting from Finland was bought
 by my father or perhaps it was a gift from someone
 in Finland. This will be almost impossible to know.

Supposedly the winner went on, said the translator of the video, 
 to be a very successful actor and singer in Finland. His songs are
 still sung to children to lull them to sleep at night. My dad had
 told me that he himself had been asked to play the role of 
Tarzan once....I never knew whether to believe him or not,
 but after hearing of this athlete becoming an actor, perhaps
 this is what happened to well-known athletes once they
 won....Hollywood got ahold of them!

A day or two later Kevin sent me yet another link. 
This time an even more detailed one, a “guide” to the 
rules of throwing the javelin, with my father as a very 
young man, demonstrating. Possibly this film was 
created by the military, as Kevin wrote. They
 refer to my father as “Captain”. Here is this link:


On a personal note, to see my father, run, jump, throw, and
 to see his facial expressions, after so many years (he died in 1973),
 was more than emotionally moving.

I am very happy to share this story with you.
 For me it is definitely a highlight of my life.
It is also a bittersweet story, since my mother
 just passed away last year and I  am sure she would 
have been thrilled to see these videos of her first
 husband in his younger years. 

As this story proves, even later on in life, there is 
always the possibility to have wonderful surprises
 happen. And usually these special things happen due
 to special people who have a passion for life,
 and in this case,a true passion for sports.





WHO AM I??

WHO AM I??
The best way to know who I am is to see what I create. Take a look at this blog or my other one regarding my art.

Double images....

Double images....
LOVE the double or triple image maker on my Nikon D80. Just set it, and then take two or three pics.

What's the weather like now in Perugia?

Cold one day, sunny the next. Cold in the house. But we still need our coats or lightweight ones or padded jackets outside. Chilly, and not sunny. I like it like this, no problem for me.