DEC 1, 17 .. HAPPY 1st ANNIVERSARY CAPTAIN .. /s/ Your Mayo Surgical Team

One year ago, December the 1st, 2016, right now this very instant in time, it was 2:55pm and I was in surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, Arizona.

What we don’t know. What indeed do we actually know in the final analysis?

“We know our brain / mind is beyond any comprehension on our part.”

Odd that statement isn’t it? Think about that if you don’t mind.

“We know our brain / mind is beyond any comprehension on our part.”

Are there two parts of us? The we (who is unable to comprehend) and our brain / mind (the thing ‘we’ can’t comprehend). Yes indeed, there certainly must be two of us. Maybe there are many parts to our brain / mind. Separate rooms if you will. Each room inhabited by a ‘committee’. Maybe some of the rooms ONLY our brain / mind can enter.

Brain / Mind. I am already confused. (tried to help but hasn’t really helped me here).

The Brain : noun 1. Anatomy, Zoology. the part of the central nervous system enclosed in the cranium of humans and other vertebrates, consisting of a soft, convoluted mass of gray and white matter and serving to control and coordinate the mental and physical actions.

The Mind : noun 1. (in a human or other conscious being) the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc.:
the processes of the human mind.

This of course takes me instantly to Mister Eckhart Tolle’s amazing book, ‘The Power Of Now – A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment’. Eckhart Tolle uses the word mind.

INTRODUCTION. The Origin Of This Book. Page 1. Bottom paragraph. I quote:

“I cannot live with myself any longer.” This was the thought that kept repeating itself in my mind. Then suddenly I became aware of what a peculiar thought this was. “Am I one or two? If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me” the ‘I’ and the ‘self’ that ‘I’ cannot live with.” “Maybe,” I thought,” only one of them is real.”

As I was casually flipping through his book, when I read the above paragraph, instantly I knew I had to read it. This is one of the very few (if the only place) where I have seen written the concept that we have ‘committees’ in our brain / mind.

One year ago, I was completely unconscious at this instant. Totally anesthetized and in another place.

I am wondering to myself IF my brain / my mind was having the below or similar thought(s) :

“What on this good earth is happening to me? I suddenly have a massive wound and it is bleeding like crazy. My left hip bone is being cut / sawed apart and my hip joint is being manhandled. I need to stop this bleeding so I am going to send clotting chemicals to stop that bleeding. It was bad enough a week ago when, suddenly, at NO request on my part, I was slammed to the ground and ker-pow! Big pain! I couldn’t make my body stand up and walk. No way could I do so because my left leg was like a piece of rope.”

Certainly some part of me was well aware that something serious was going on.

I wonder if my brain / mind was talking to itself as I mimic above.

Here is a fact : I / we will never know the above great mystery.

One year later ..

Still Smiling ..

“What’s that brain / mind? You are pondering something about my left kidney?” .. “Sigh.”

Cap and Patti

NOV 30, 17 .. WHEW!!~ AGAIN.. WHEW!!~

“Well Captain, where exactly have you and Patti been? What have you two been doing since we last heard from you?” 

As I (literally) set my fingers upon my Lenovo Laptop keyboard, it is 2:13pm, here in our condo in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday afternoon the 30th of November 2017.

It has now been over a full week since my last Post was published Wednesday the 22nd of November.

In my last Post I began with the following words:

Patti and I are currently deeply involved in reading books. We read them aloud to each other. We take turns, depending on how each of us feel at our various, non-scripted, ‘reading times’.

First, we read the incredible spiritual book, ‘Breakfast with Buddha’ by Roland Merullo.

That ‘read’ took us immediately into a follow up sequel, ‘Lunch with Buddha’ an equally intense and another amazing spiritual book.

“Yes ‘Zilla?” .. “Yes indeed ‘Zilla after Breakfast and Lunch there is a third sequel titled : ‘Dinner with Buddha’ “..

Yes ‘Zilla, we also have this third book.”

And that our good friends, is the den into which Patti and I have disappeared for the past week or so. The two of us totally captured and totally captivated by these three books.

We just now finished reading the final book, ‘Dinner with Buddha’ and, after more than a few minutes sitting together attempting to comprehend and digest what we have been reading in these three books, I said to Patti, “I have got to put up a Post on”

The above title : WHEW!!~ AGAIN.. WHEW!!~ pretty well sums up how we are feeling.

Moving onward while still experiencing a lingering state of spiritual numbness I am feeling having just set the book down, I want to wrap up a loose end from my previous two posts.

Karaoke being the principal subject of my last two Posts, Patti and I have not yet set out to find and to visit and to check on a local Anchorage Karaoke Bar / Den. It is high on our To Do List.

Thanksgiving Day 2017.

We were up early and sitting in front of our television set just prior to 9am to watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We watched the parade on two channels. On BOTH channels we were able to view (in different locations on the parade route) our local High School Marching Band. For the first time in the history of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a high school band from the State of Alaska proudly participated in the parade as they marched down the streets of New York’s Manhattan District. We were touched almost to the point of tears and so proud of the approximately 100 band members who had practiced for 18-months for their big day in NYC.

Below is a link if you care to see and to listen to them. To see the video in ‘full screen’, go to the very lower right corner of the video and click on the two diagonal arrows.

We then attended a Thanksgiving Day meeting and, for two hours afterward, enjoyed an enormous feast along with a lot of visiting, with well over one hundred fellow associates.

And we two read to one another.

Black Friday 2017.

We stayed home and 100% stayed away from, and out of the madness of, Black Friday.

And we two read to one another.


We spent the better part of the day last Saturday visiting the Eagle River Nature Center, located in the mountains North of Anchorage.

Just getting to the Nature Center was a beautiful drive.

We have arrived. It is about a 25-mile drive from our condo to the Nature Center.

There was quite a turn-out for a Saturday afternoon as visitors listened to wildlife speakers discussing birds.

In the above photo, you will see the speaker holding a Snowy Owl. Below are two photos of an Alaskan Crow who kept up an almost constant stream of very loud squawks.

He was a real character. Far more animated than the two very silent owls.

I went outside of the Nature Center to take a walk and explore the area. A lady was explaining the life of a Great Horned Owl.

This is a cute story. For several years the owl’s name was Earl. Then it was discovered that HE was a SHE. So now her name is Pearl.

The time had come for me to get a little exercise and do some more exploring.

After a very nice and a very full afternoon, we were both hungry. First we enjoyed a nice, late afternoon drive back to civilization.

Then we two enjoyed a fine dinner at a fine restaurant.


And then?

We drove home to our condo and we two, once again, read to one another.

All kidding aside, we two have been spending an extraordinary amout of time reading these three books.


Along with many other activities that have kept us busy, I just haven’t had nor taken the time to write and publish Posts here on

This Post has two dates. I actually wrote it on Thursday the 30th of November, but published it very early Friday morning the 1st of December.


Yes indeed sports fans, it’s here in Alaska. Winter has settled in.

Much Joy from Patti and Cap