Monday, February 20, 2012

Lou Gehrig and John Blais

You can a view a post a made a couple of years ago on my blog Simply Teaching about the great baseball player Lou Gehrig and an Ironman triathlete who called himself Blazeman. It gives a lot of background information on this weeks story, "The Luckiest Man" and some embedded videos that we watched parts of in class. I really enjoy these inspiring stories and I hope that you take a look. These stories are even more poignant to me this year as I just learned that one of my high school classmates recently died from ALS.
Here is an updated and edited version of the youtube video we saw in class on John Blais, ALS, and the Ironman triathlon.

Here is one: of John Blais' poems (watch the video on John Blais and you will get it):

Live…more than your neighbors.

Unleash yourself upon the world and go places.

Go now.


Stay out past dark and bark at the moon like the wild dog that you are.

Understand that this is not a dress rehearsal.

This is it…your life.


Take it all in.

Yes, every chance you get…come close.

And, by all means, whatever you do…get it on film.

-Jonathan Blais, aka ALS Warrior Poet

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