Followers of my blog will have noticed a slowdown in my output lately. Even as recently as January I could be chunking out three items per day, but by late February and March I was struggling to output that many articles per week. The reason for this, as it turns out, is that I have Parkinson’s disease, and have been finding it increasingly difficult to use a keyboard and type efficiently. This brief entry today marks a return for me. What you are reading has been dictated using dictation software. Picture me, sitting at my computer, hands folded behind my head, and me dictating openly while I listen to music. Right now I’m listening to the Searching for Sugarman soundtrack by Rodriguez.
I have to say it has been most frustrating for me lately! Everything I do in my life, my work and my interests, is about telling stories, and when the doctor told me that I had Parkinson’s disease I went through a brief grief period in which I pictured life where I would be unable to communicate adequately. Thank goodness technology has evolved as far as it has.
So today I have a brief message to you and to my friends in Cambodia. Happy New Year and my best wishes to all of you. We are all on interesting journeys, and I am reminded that while I have a few challenges of my own these pale in comparison to the challenges faced by the young people I know in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Bless you all.