This is my personal blog, on which I talk about a variety of topics purely as they catch my fancy. Some topics are serious, others whimsical. I love comments and questions so don't be shy, just courteous, even if you don't agree with me. I have another blog, The Story Template, on which I post writing-related topics on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Let's see, a bit about me... I'm married with two children, and spend much time taking care of our family. In my life BC (before children) I was a scientist who did bench research. I am a Christian who came to faith under protest through studying the historic circumstances surrounding the death of Jesus. I've written one novel, A Lever Long Enough, that I'm honored to say has won two awards. I also have written a nonfiction book, The Story Template: Conquer Writer's Block Using the Universal Structure of Story. This book is a programmed learner-type book that helps you, the writer, develop a complete compelling story (novel or screenplay) from a vague idea.

YOU CAN CONTACT ME at amydeardon at yahoo dot com.

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Philippe Croizon was 26 in 1994, married with one child and one on the way, and a steelworker. When he climbed the roof to fix a television antenna, standing on a metal ladder, a high voltage power line grounded through the ladder and sent him to the hospital in critical condition. There all four of his limbs were amputated.

In deep despair, he decided to swim using prosthetic legs with flippers attached. In 2010 he swam the English channel.

Now the Frenchman has decided, with his friend, to swim across a series of narrow waterways that separate one continent from another. They plan to accomplish this this summer, swimming between Papua New Guinea to Indonesia to link Australasia and Asia. Then they plan cross the Red Sea from Asia to Africa, the Strait of Gibraltar from Africa to Europe, and the Bering Strait linking Asia to America.

Crozier and his friend hope to start next week, and finish in the middle of August.

In 2006 Croizon wrote the book, J'ai décidé de vivre (I Decided to Live). Inspiring.

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