Saturday, April 05, 2008

day +228

Yesterday I watched a fair amount of the television coverage surrounding the 40th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I watched the speeches by the presidential candidates, listened to some of the reflections of his friends and advisers as well as the commentary by the eyewitnesses of that tragic event 40 years ago.

Vivid Recollections of the Day King Was Killed

What a moment it is going to be when next year on the National Mall besides the monuments dedicated to our greatest presidents, there will be revealed a grand statue in the likeness of Dr. King. It's remarkable really what he did and in many ways unimaginable. It's unimaginably courageous how a private citizen like himself was able to do so more for the greater, common good. Washington, Lincoln, and others were great elected officials who persevered under challenging circumstances, but unlike them King was a private citizen without the arsenal of a government. Whereas these men were obligated to make bold decisions as a consequence of their oath to uphold the Constitution, King volunteered to force change by mobilizing grass-roots power just like Gandhi, Jesus, and the other great revolutionaries of human history. It's just remarkable and humbling. Using the anniversary of his death to reflect upon the tremendous progress that has been made in my parents' own lifetime is just profound while at the same time also recognizing where we have yet to live up to his dream. We all owe so much to him and the countless others who were at his side for helping to make our union more perfect.

This morning I picked up the prints from the framing store that I plan to showcase at Sloan-Kettering's 55th Annual Patient Art Exhibition later this month. I think they did a pretty good job. Tomorrow I will be at Sloan for a check-up. So, while I'm there I will drop off the photographs at the appropriate office.

I have a lot of questions for Dr. Castro-Malaspina on Monday. They revolve mostly around the issue of restrictions. At a little over 7 months post-transplant with no evidence of GVHD and no use of steroids so far, I wonder if some of the medications, such as Prevacid or the multivitamins for example, that I've been on can be stopped all together. I know I'll still be on Tacrolimus for awhile but I wonder when he'll begin to taper the drug's dosage a bit.

I, of course, am eager to ask him about that grand trip of mine. Remember that one? Yes, the New York to Montana to Washington State to Oregon to California to New Zealand to the Cook Islands and back, one! Last time, he told me that Montana should be fine but I haven't asked him about this extended version. But I need to know soon, so I can start planning if this is indeed what I will be doing late this summer.

Finally, soon after returning home from Yonkers where I picked up my framed photographs, I went back out and headed to Franz Sigel Park, which is just a block away from where I live. Today turned out to be a spectacular spring day despite an earlier forecast of rain. There on the perimeter of the park are found clusters of daffodils most of which are in full bloom. Most times I pass by the park when I am on way somewhere and many times I've had to pause for a few brief moments to take in the beauty of these gorgeous flowers. So, today I felt compelled to try to photograph some of them while I could, so that's what I did this afternoon.

I think it's best to capture them in the soft early morning light, but for a first try I think they came out decently.

Also, because my camera's short depth of field capability is poor, I was particular curious to see how my shots would turn out. I plan to be out very early tomorrow morning. I hope to experiment a bit more again then.

While in the park, I also snapped several photographs of myself.


Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

looking good Duane---
very healthy and handsome!!
and love the daffodils too

10:44 AM  

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