I was reminded of Diane (pretty easy to since I live with her), earlier this week when I read an article in the Dining section of the New York Times on Roger Ebert. If you’re one of the more mature (aka older) readers of this blog, you likely remember him as the second half of the Siskel and Ebert at the Movies show that you used to run on TV. These days, he’s writing a very successful blog and is releasing a cookbook on recipes for the rice cooker called The Pot and How to Use It. That’s a nice accomplishment in and of itself. It moves to the level of majorly impressive when you know that Ebert lost his lower jaw and tongue to cancer a few years ago. He can’t talk and he can’t eat. He takes his nutrition in liquid form through a tube in his stomach. He can’t test the recipes that he offers in his book, but he remembers what food and the dishes he makes taste like.
He can’t eat. He can’t talk. He can cook. He can write. He just published a cookbook. He shares his thoughts with the world on his blog. He does what he can do. Shouldn’t we all?
A few months ago, Diane gave me a little paperweight with a quote from Winston Churchill. It says, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
Rock on, Diane. Rock on, Roger. Rock on, reader. Keep going. Do what you can do.
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