Friday, July 1, 2011


Happy Friday everyone.

On the verge of one of the biggest weekends we have all summer, we can all expect great outdoor fun, BBQ's and spending quality time with friends and family.

For the past few days I have been playing traffic cop in my condo. Furniture coming in other pieces going out, cleaning, re-accessorizing the surfaces to create my perfect living and working space. I'm happy to say that everything is going extremely well. Today the last of the larger pieces will be picked up by my local charity and then I will be able to get back to work!

After very long day I sat on my super gorgeous leather sofa and turned on my one television obsession. So You Think You Can Dance is one of few shows I watch because I admire the quality of the dance performances. It's AMAZING to see what the human body is capable of doing.

Yesterday The Stories for Sendai, an anthology of short stories featuring the human spirit, launched. There are blog tours all week. Check it out and order your copy. I certainly did.

Last night before my eyes I witnessed with millions of other viewers the human spirit soaring when I flipped on SYTYCD. The Axis Dance Company was announced and two dancers entered onto the stage one lovely young woman and her partner a handsome young man in a WHEELCHAIR. My jaw dropped.

I have seen incredible dancing on stage, in movies, and on dance programs, but the way they two moved left me speechless. Although his legs couldn't move every other part of his body could. His strong upper body lifted his partner in ways I could never describe. His wheelchair moved as his legs would have. It was beyond awesome. His partner wove her body around her partner and his chair as if they were one. I will NEVER forget it and neither would anyone who had witnessed it.

This man's courage and passion for dance overpowered his handicapped. He would dance no matter what. Such a strong spirit embodies the soul.

We as writers know this. We embody the same passion in our soul. So remember dear friends when we have an off day, when our prose isn't perfect, when we have writer's block or not enough time to indulge in our passion, remember this determined you dancer who would not let even useless legs stop him from dancing.

If you have a chance to watch this episode you can catch it on line at the SYTYCD website here. I just went to the website.... You'll want to look for the airing date of June 30th.... unfortunately they haven't posted the show yet, they are a bit behind so check back in a day or so.

I hope you all have a FANTASTIC Fourth of July weekend!


  1. Ugh! I missed SYTYCD! So clicking on your link. TY!

    Awesome about your living space makeover. Congrats.

  2. I'd have liked to see that. Went to the link but didn't know where to look to see that particular video. Bummer.

  3. That sounds amazing! Have a great weekend, Michael. And sorry the Transformers destroyed your city.

  4. I'm going to have to check out the SYTYCD - we don't have that here but there's similar shows like Dancing on Ice and Popstar to Operastar.

    Have a fab weekend and thank you for your lovely comments on my blog yesterday! ;)

    Talei x

  5. Okay, you've convinced me to try SYTYCD.

    I hope you plan on posting pics of the new furniture, the sofa sounds divine. Have a great weekend, Michael!

  6. I'll check out Axis dance company, sounds amazing! I watch SYTYCD as a chum of mine is one of the choreographers and I love our Srictly Come Dancing (your Dancing with the Stars)which runs from Sept until Christmas.

    Happy holiday weekend!

  7. Will definitely check out that SYTYCD episode. Love watching awesomeness like that.

    Happy 4th, Michael!!

  8. I absolutely love that show! It is my must DVR and watch show of the season. It always lifts my spirits and inspires me.

  9. It is truly amazing what people are capable of doing when they set their minds to it. Great post and I hope you have a fairy great holiday weekend!

  10. Have a great week-end Bro and have fun moving things around until you get everything perfect! Don't forget fresh flowers. Thanks for the tip on SYTYCD, not sure I can get it here but I love anything that has to do with dance so I hope I can see this amazing man.

  11. Wow, that sounds beautiful! I'll have to check it out, thanks for the link. :) It is amazing how things turn out when you put your mind to it.

  12. I don't watch that show, but I'm glad you got to enjoy it! And congrats on the new living room!

  13. My mother is an avid fan of Dance. I've watched a few times and agree that there are some amazing dancers on that show.

    Have a great holiday weekend.

    Tossing It Out

  14. Sounds like you've been having fun at your house! Have a great weekend!

  15. Such industriousness; are you making sure your enjoy your long weekend :) I'm sure your place looks amazing.

    Hope you have a great weekend Michael.


  16. "Impossible" just gives birth to legends when the human spirit refuses to surrender. It was truly awe-inspiring to watch this dance performance. Hearts that won't quit. Have a great weekend. I, of course, am working! Blood is needed even on holidays. Roland

  17. I haven't watched that show much but I'll check out that link, I love the passion that goes into those shows. Have a great weekend. Your healthy food was great too :)

  18. ...impossible is limiting one's determination to succeed, regardless of setbacks. Thanks Michael for bringing this young man's dance to our attention.

    Have a great weekend,


  19. Oh! That dance was STUNNING. I was so moved by it.

  20. what a wonderful, encouraging story of the dancer. Wow. It comes as a good time for me too.

  21. It's always wonderful see people overcoming their obstacles to accomplish something great. We all have barriers to break, some harder than others, but if we have the right mind about it, we can bulldoze through them. Thanks for this reminder, it was something I needed to hear today. Happy Fourth of July, Michael *hugs*! :D