|Occupation||Librarian and Evaluation Specialist -Survey Research & Statistics|
|Location||Minneapolis area, Minnesota (Cold Capital of Lower 48), United States|
|Introduction||Reaching out to others through various blogs and the web has saved my mental and physical health. Youtube (youtube.com/user/fechmb0749) is an good outlet for me. I unexpectedly became very seriously ill and then disabled and isolated in 2005. I have an active interest in cultures the world around as well as science, current events, and history. I am very optimistic yet realistic. When I speak to and learn from people who are ill like me, I'm able to face my problems and deal with them with a much greater understanding and sense of perspective. Carepages.com too enables me to find people with similar interests and the desire to grow. My blog there, FrankLivingFully, lets me share many short essays with thoughts and ideas for living with life-changing chronic illnesses. Registration is free and it is a service designed to keep family and friends in contact with seriously ill loved ones. Several hundred major hospitals and clinics provide it to their patients. More than a place for sharing illness it is a place to get well and to cope well with serious illness.|
|Interests||Home computers, both Apple and Windows types. Photography, Astronomy, Philosophy and Religion, Golf, Survey Research and Statistics. Role of religion in daily life, Politics, Current Events, Information services and databases, Libraries. Keeping in touch with family and friends.|
|Favorite Movies||Movies and Shows: Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Enterprise (tv series), Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, NPR, Science Fiction Movies, Numbers on CBS, 24 (Television Series), ER, Pitch Black (Movie), Chronicles of Riddick (Movie) Aliens (Movie), K-Pax (Movie), Good Will Hunting (Movie) C-SPAN (Senate and House Hearings and Book TV) Nova (PBS Television Series), Sunday Morning (CBS Television) Jericho, The Unit, This Week with George Stephanopolis (ABC News Program)|
|Favorite Music||Celine Dionne, Josh Groben, Moody Blues, Crosby, Still, Nash, and Young, Whitney Houston, The Beatles, Billy Joel, The Carpenters, Sting, Beach Boys, Michael Jackson, Cat Stevens, The Who, Elton John, Classical Music (Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms) Chopin.|
|Favorite Books||Stranger in a Strange Land. (Heinlein books) The Russians by Hedrick Smith A Bright and Shining Lie, A Distant Miror (Barbara Tuchman) Raptor Red, When the Cheering Stopped (Wilson Presidency) Franklin and Eleanor, Night (by Elie Wiezel sp?) The Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts sp?, Flatland, Books on New Immigrants by Belva Plain, Shantung Compound, Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl sp?, last and perhaps most importantly, the Bible because I grew up in a Lutheran Church and have studied the Bible extensively.|
You've got to make contact with the alien leader. How will you tell when the conversation is finished?
We will be done when we walk or move away from each other with a sign of affection or some hand motion which shows that we care. It may be open hands or open arms. It may be a bow to each other or a smile, but we will know we are opening each other up for further exchanges.