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10916224473?profile=originalToday's one word prompt from The Daily Post is Footsteps. I thought about this for a while and realized that for some people, being able to walk and leave footsteps is a challenge. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a good set of legs and feet. I know this for a fact because I adopted a wonderful son  named Abram who has spina bifida. As a preteen and teenager he was a world class wheel chair athlete, especially in shot-putt , discus, and javelin throwing . He is getting married this year to Maggie, one of his competitors, and I couldn't be happier for them. The picture is from Maggie's Facebook photo album.

Part of the science fiction novel I wrote involved the protagonist losing both legs above his knees in a freak accident. My solution to this almost overwhelming problem was to project new technology in the field of prosthetic legs. Below is the chapter in the novel that deals with how these new legs work. I hope this technology comes to pass, and soon.

Chapter 15 - New Legs

      When the prosthetic legs arrived, Emily scheduled Sted for surgery. The latest prosthetic devices were attached surgically. Gone were the days of the simple mechanical devices that simulated the missing limb.
       Above the biomechanical knee joint was the latest in medical technology. A 3D-printed carbon matrix hollow shaft was designed to slip over the severed femur bone. Then a calcium-based paste containing osteoblast cells from Sted’s original surgery was layered over the matrix to stimulate bone growth. The body, in effect, created its own glue by building bone tissue around the carbon matrix shaft. Once the prosthetic was joined to the bone, it sealed itself in a bond as strong as the original bone.
      That was only the first step in the procedure. Next, the severed muscle and nerve tissue in the preserved stump was married, via stem cells, with the specially prepared ligament and electronic fibers in the prosthetic. The electronic fibers were connected to the processor embedded in the lower portion of the prosthetic. This allowed the actions of the lower leg and foot to be programmed to react to the stimuli from the brain through the nerve/fiber interface.
       Just two days after the surgery, Sted was working with his physical therapist, Alice Wheeler, in programming the new legs.

      Alice could be very intimidating when she wanted. Her dark hair was pulled back into a bun to keep it out of the way of her work, and her eyes appeared to be almost too big for her face. This may have been due to the startling amount of mascara she wore and her long eyelashes. Regardless of the reason, Sted knew those eyes missed nothing. Now he knew what people meant when they said they felt like they were under a microscope.
      They started with simple movements.
       “Okay, Captain,” Alice said. “I need you to imagine each simple movement in your head, and then I need you to direct your body to execute that movement. Let’s start with the left foot. I want you to imagine you’re pointing the toe of your left foot toward me. I have initialized the processor in the left leg to read the electronic signal coming through the nerve/fiber interface in your thigh and to react by pointing the toe. Now,
point your left toe at me.”
       Sted obeyed just because he had nothing better to do with his life right now. He was sitting on a cushioned table in the PT suite dressed in a light blue form-fitting top and shorts. When he imagined pushing his toes forward and pulling his heel back, the muscles in the thigh reacted ever so slightly to accommodate that motion, and the nerve/fiber interface was stimulated by his brain. The fuzzy electronic signal the processor received was recorded and associated with pointing the toes.
       “Works,” Sted reported laconically as his new foot pointed in a delayed reaction.
Alice nodded as she typed something on the keyboard that was connected to wires leading in to the heel of his left leg. “Now, imagine relaxing the foot. I have programed it to return to its normal position.”
       Sted let off on the pushing motion in his mind, and his thigh muscles and nerves reacted again. The movement of the foot back to its normal position was delayed slightly once again as the processor made the association between the fuzzy electronic signal and the desired reaction.
       “Okay,” Alice said, “this is a first level association between your body and the prosthetic. When you try to point that foot again and then relax, the reaction should be immediate. Why don’t you go through several repetitions and see if the reaction of the foot seems appropriate to you.”
       Sted tried several times to cycle his foot from pointing and then back to relaxed mode. The foot responded immediately this time, though in a somewhat mechanical fashion. He was also surprised that he got feedback from his heel moving against the top of the cushioned table.
       “What is that feeling I’m getting of the prosthetic heel moving against the top of this PT table?”
       A big smile lit up Alice’s face. “We have built skin-like nerve sensors into the prosthetic that provide feedback to the processor, which slows down the signal enough for the nerve/fiber interface to pass the information back to the brain. It won’t take your brain long to map the returned stimuli to the feelings it got from your original nerve cells that relate to touch.”
       “Does that mean I will eventually be able to feel everything my prosthetic legs and feet contact?”
       “It is not an exact science at this point,” Alice replied. “The human brain is very adaptive and can usually fool itself into thinking that the returning nerve pulses come from what it thinks are your original legs. It takes time and practice, but we hope you will get the same results as some of our other patients, where the interface becomes almost transparent. We will just have to wait and see how your brain adapts.
“At this point, there is no nuance programmed in for doing this at different speeds, or doing it with or without moving the toes or any of a dozen other variations. We need to program in all of the gross motor movements first. We can program the fine motor movements once we have all of the larger movements settled.”
       “Why do you have to connect wires to the processor in the leg?” Sted asked. “Wouldn’t it be easier to do that wirelessly?”
Alice nodded. “Certainly, but how would you like someone to be able to control your new legs against your will with a simple wireless connection? Those leg processors have to be completely isolated and only responsive to your nerve/fiber interface. Once we finish programming your new legs, you will take complete responsibility for your own security. You will password protect the hardwired interface so that even I won’t be able to
change the programming against your will.”
       “So, when can I start walking?” Sted asked with the first sign of hope in his voice.
       “We can’t begin walking practice until we test out all of the gross motor skills from the knees down. It’s going to take at least two days of trial and error to get all of your gross motor movements programmed. In particular, when we work our way up to knee flexing, we have to be careful with the bonding between the prosthetic and the bones and musculature in the thighs. We don’t want it to tear because we’ve not programmed the reaction of the prosthetic properly. You’re going to have to show some patience.”
       Sted sighed. “I’ll follow orders while you do the programming. I really need to feel whole again, and I’m not going to do anything to slow down this process. What’s next? More motions with the left foot, or do we program the toe pointing in the right foot?”
“I’m going to program one leg at a time so you don’t get any ideas of trying to go off walking before you’re ready. I know your type, Captain!” Alice smiled. “We’re going to program rotating the left foot clockwise and counter-clockwise next. Then we go to toe curling and then wiggling your big toe. So, let me enter clockwise rotation. Now, rotate your left foot clockwise without rotating your hip joint. We’re just working on foot movements at this point.”
       The two of them worked the entire morning on Sted’s left ankle, foot, and toe movements. Then Emily came back to the lab and placed Sted on his gurney and wheeled him to his room for his lunch break.
       Sted hardly noticed the food he was consuming. His emotional state was very fragile, and he felt like his life was at a tipping point. He had been depressed and despondent from the time he first woke up after the accident until he “felt” the heel of his prosthetic move against the top of the PT table. That odd sensation had sparked an insane hope that he could climb back out of the disaster his life had become. His life goal had seemed completely beyond his reach until now. But if he could learn to walk with his new legs and even “feel” sensations passed back to his brain from the sensors on the surface of the prosthetic device, then there was no reason to think he could not command a space vessel once again.
      But then doubt crept in, and he whipsawed himself back into despair, because he knew that naval regulations prohibited him from commanding a ship. The interstellar ship that was about to be constructed would be under the command of a United Space Navy captain, so how could he possibly gain that position?
       By the end of the meal, Sted had reached a decision. He would do everything in his power to get back into a captain’s chair, in or out of the Navy. Once there, he would prove his worthiness despite his injuries. To hell with the regulations! They weren’t written in stone. They could be changed, and he would make every effort to do just that.

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I really slept in late this morning. By late, I mean well past 12:00–noon. But then, I was up well past 2:00am finishing two more chapters in my book. Many 2s and wells there. Synchronicity?

Once I am writing “in the zone” it’s difficult to break my concentration and stop typing.

“Leave the rest for tomorrow,” is not in my vocabulary. By mid-chapter, I am driven. Forget food and water.

I’m quite content in my self-inflicted jail cell.

This driven feeling is more than work ethic or time restraint. It is emotionally based. Painful memories must be dragged out of hibernation, (often kicking and screaming,) from behind locked mental doors, convert them into word and sew them to page before they can snap back into the dark bowels of my mind like a bungee cord. It is much like reluctantly remembering a nightmare months after having had it–a struggle on many levels.

So why would I inflict such masochism on myself?

How does that saying go? “Those who forget the past are destined to repeat it.”
Your journal can become the skeleton for your book. My notes from my first battle with breast cancer helped me live through stage 4 the second time. Those journals and memories became my emotionally packed book.

My story is unconventional, but not unique. It must be told. I won't give up.

Doctors are human. Scientific tests are only as accurate as the people who perform and read them. Life is not infallible. But Inner-guidance from dreams validated in the waking world just might be.

My second book is more than halfway complete because I have my own style of cutting out my literary pattern and sewing it together with a running stitch that can be removed to make adjustments.

I write the beginning and ending of my book–then fill in the middle. This also works for blogs and articles.

By using this technique, I always know where I am and where I’m going with a story that is filled with impassioned twists and turns. It gives me a mental edge–no floundering around in the dark while retrieving dark memories. I never feel like I have wandered off the books path. Rather than holding one tread of the story’s line in my mind, I have two. This extra balance anchors my writing so I can interject humor yet not wander away from the serious nature of the main theme.

Writing a book is much like sewing a garment. 

Somewhere between the beginning and the end product, areas no longer fit. Some seams must be let out, others taken in, and extra material trimmed.

But, I always save my scraps because they could be the collar of another adventure.

10916224080?profile=originalKathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is a TV/Radio Producer/Host of Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod™ and Author/Lecturer of the International award winning bestseller, Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing which promotes patient advocacy and connecting with inner guidance for success in health, wealth, and love, contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams & Premonitions, PATHEOS Blogger and Columnist to Women Voices Magazine: SOUL and HOME, Kat taught Special Education and Psychology. She has been featured in newspapers, on CBS News, in American Express Open, and published in medical journals. Learn more @


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Recording achievement bubbles, diligent work, creative energies, and enthusiasm — after that, more diligent work. iUniverse Publishing starts up your inventive soul with 20 composting tips from 12 top rated fiction creators.
Utilize these tips as a helpful guide—or even better, print a duplicate to put around your work area, home office, fridge entryway, or elsewhere detectable so you can be continually reminded not to give your story thoughts a chance to shrink away by putting off your composition.

  • Tip1: "My first govern was given to me by TH White, writer of The Sword in the Stone and other Arthurian dreams and was: Read. Perused all that you can lay hands on. I generally exhort individuals who need to compose a dream or sci-fi or sentiment to quit perusing everything in those kinds and begin perusing everything else from Bunyan to Byatt." — Michael Moorcock

  • Tip 2: "Secure the time and space in which you compose. Keep everyone far from it, even the general population who are most imperative to you." — Zadie Smith

  • Tip 3: "Present your principle characters and subjects in the main third of your novel. On the off chance that you are composing a plot-driven kind novel ensure all your real subjects/plot components are presented in the primary third, which you can call the presentation. Add to your subjects and characters in your second third, the advancement. Resolve your topics, lottery game puzzles thus on in the last third, the determination." — Michael Moorcock 

  • Tip 4: "In the arranging phase of a book, don't arrangement the consummation. It must be earned by all that will go before it." — Rose Tremain 

  • Tip 5: "Dependably convey a scratch pad. What's more, I mean dependably. The fleeting memory just holds data for three minutes; unless it is resolved to paper you can lose a thought for ever." — Will Self 

  • Tip 6: "It's far fetched that anybody with a web association at his working environment is composing great fiction." — Jonathan Franzen. "Take a shot at a PC that is detached from the web." — Zadie Smith 

  • Tip 7: "Fascinating verbs are from time to time exceptionally intriguing." — Jonathan Franzen 

  • Tip 8: "Read it so anyone might hear to yourself since that is the best way to make sure the rhythms of the sentences are OK (writing rhythms are excessively mind boggling and inconspicuous, making it impossible to be thoroughly considered—they can be got right just by ear)." — Diana Athill 

  • Tip 9: "Don't let me know the moon is sparkling; demonstrat to me the gleam of light on broken glass." – Anton Chekhov 

  • Tip 10: "Listen to the reactions and inclinations of your trusted 'first perusers.'" — Rose Tremain
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Requem For a Beautiful Lady


Requiem For A Beautiful Lady

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Requiem For A Beautiful Lady

The fish smell came to her on the breeze but it was filtered by the ocean waters that slapped against the wharf pilings and made for a joyful smile upon her face.

“Oh, Daddy, I’ve missed our lunches and our wharf walks.” She hugged her father and kissed him on the cheek.

Having just left the restaurant they stood now at the pier railing looking out across the waters at pelicans cawing and flitting from morsel to morsel along the wharf. The sky was a soft blue and sea gulls floated effortlessly above a distant spit of land.

“I’ve missed you, too, my golden-haired princess.” He was still a relatively young father, still handsome without the mid-life paunch and burdensome weight. He looked into the soft blue eyes of his daughter, squeezed her shoulder while milliseconds rapidly retraced in his mind the lovely vignettes of memory.

She was twenty-three now and a most beautiful young woman. Her blond hair tossed about in the wind and her marvelous blue eyes twinkled like tiny stars of wonder.

It was their day together. She was just home from a trip abroad. Mom was at home. Brother was at work. Her fiancé was on a business trip. This was their time together to update their days apart.

She told him about her fiancé’s rental car breaking down on the outskirts of a cobble-stoned city in southern France called Perpignan. She laughed time and again as she tried to pronounce the name of the city. “’Purr-peen-yong’ is the best I can do, Dad, but the car problem was minor and it turned our trip into a delightful fairy tale. We met young people our ages in restaurants and cafés all over France and Spain. Some spoke English. Most did not but it didn’t matter – we laughed and had fun making it into a sort-of ‘Charades’ game.”

So they walked and talked, stopping occasionally to pause and view the boats and landmarks.

It was during one of their stops when the daughter gave a whimper, “Oh, Daddy!” and collapsed in his arms. The shocked father tenderly lowered her to the ground. “What is it, sweetheart? What’s wrong?” He was bewildered as people began to gather. Her eyes were closed, and he felt for a pulse. There was none. His confusion now turned to tears of agony, and he saw the blood coming from her body.

It was determined the daughter was shot by an illegal alien some distance away who was immediately arrested, an illegal alien who it was later reported had been deported five times from the United States, had just recently been released by the sanctuary city of San Francisco. The felonious Illegal alien, deported five times, was in the United States for the sixth time.

This tragedy, this heartbreaking homicide was covered in the media. A great furor came from the crime, and a case was pled by many to do away with sanctuary cities in the United States. Another case pled for a law that would automatically imprison an illegal alien for five years if it was found he/she was illegally in the US and committed a serious crime.

Finally, many believed that,we have a feckless and inept federal government and that this was the year for accountability with a general election coming in November. Many said that our free market system, our freedom and our liberty were being eroded by the liberal progressives. Many more people said that the face of our country was now near unrecognizable, and that it was crucial ‘we the people’ took back our nation by electing only people who pledged and swore under penalty of dismissal to follow the law of the land and follow no action or precept that was not to the benefit of the electorate.

Time would tell.

Flash Fiction from Truth by: Billy Ray Chitwood

March 10, 2016

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Marvelous books have been written about finding one's purpose. They have been best sellers for a reason - many people understand that they were created with a divine purpose. Truthfully, some find it early in life. They just know that they want to play music or be a writer, or a doctor. In a town hall meeting in Irving, Texas on February 27th, Dr. Ben Carson told a standing room only crowd that he always wanted to be a doctor. Not only did this happen for him, but he was one of the country's most premiere surgeons. He separated conjoined twins numerous times in his neurosurgery career, and he served as hospital director at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland.

In Pastor Rick Warren's book, "The Purpose Driven Life," he attempted to help people find their divinely appointed purpose. Warren exposed people to the idea that they were not made for themselves. A widely quoted excerpt from his book follows:

"The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It's far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will not make sense."

There are countless people who live with no true aim, no compass, no sense of what they are here to accomplish. Finding and living one's purpose can be the most fulfilling thing one can do. The way Warren and others writing on the subject of life purpose explain it, often the thing that one is most passionate about is often a hint about what they should be doing.


In addition, one's purpose is said to be hinted at during childhood. For instance, that child that writes and sings songs as a 9 year old; may be great material as a singer or musician or music teacher. Even when other things begin to pull on this child, if music is their purpose they will be nudged in that direction again and again. So the thing that captures you as a child and then nudges you throughout life may be your purpose.

In the movie, "August Rush," the main character was shown in his crib fingering a keyboard in the air, so to speak. He became a premiere musician, performing before crowds that were stunned by his musicianship.

Finding one's purpose is also said to be linked to their value system. For example, the person who wants to bring beauty to the world, to make the world a better place or something similar - will often be an artist of some sort. They could also be a philanthropist, giving to causes of worth to them.

Mark Nepo wrote a book, titled, "How to Listen to Your Life." In it, this poet, author and survivor of cancer proposes that if one listens to life and connects their souls to what life is telling them, they can find their life purpose. He proposes that quietening the mind will help a person to "hear" their purpose more clearly. He writes, "In truth, listening is the first step to peace."

Whether one is religious or not, it seems from all the books and material out there that it is possible to find and live out one's life purpose. As Warren details it, God has a bountiful life in mind for His children. His biography shows him to be a pastor, author, global strategist, theologian, and philanthropist. He, Mark Nepo and countless others who have found their life purpose, discovered that there was more than one component to "who they were" and what they were supposed to be doing while here on planet earth. Perhaps that is true for you as well.

Motivational Speaker Carl Mathis, author of "Pursuing Your Purpose - How To Discover God's Revelation For Your Life". Learn how to develop your life through Biblical Scriptures at

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