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The Difference A Few Kind Words Can Make In A Person’s Life – OHS024

The podcast image is a collection of images. The main image is a scene throwing a clay pot on a potter's wheel. Then St Joseph high school logo, 1985 yearbook cover, and finally a black and white historic image of the front of the high school.

AlejAndro attended Saint Joseph High School in South Bend, Indiana. His art teacher Mrs. Hendricks taught ceramics and how to throw clay pots on the potter’s wheel. She also helped to sculpt AlejAndro’s life with a few kind words. Who knew the difference a few kind words can make in a person’s life.

High School… What a time. For some it was great, for others not so great and for most of us it is something we all experience. This story is about my high school art teacher Mrs. Hendricks. She was a small and delicate elderly women. She taught pottery and ceramics in my first period art class my junior year at Saint Joseph High School in South Bend, Indiana. I took her class for two years and to this day I still have a fond affinity for ceramics. I did it for a number of years in and after college. 

I have had the great fortune of living my entire life as an artist and I have “made it work.” So much of this path goes to the few kind words my high school art teacher said to me at just the right time and in just the right way. Many times I have debated giving up my life as an artist for all the reasons facing many artists make this decision. But then I hear the words of of Mrs. Hendricks.

Show Notes:

  • Simply a slice of life story about a high school art teacher who said the right thing to me at the right time in just the right way.
  • I thought for sure that was the day I was about to get expelled.

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AlejAndro

“I Want to Cut Off My Hand To Live A Better Life?” Who asks this question? – OHS023

An image of an x-ray of a person's left forearm and hand

This x-ray of a person’s left forearm and hand seems like a great image for AlejAndro’s story. Why would someone ask advice about getting their arm or hand cut off to life a better life?

Here is a story about an interaction I just had today. Over the course of my life I have been approached by certain individuals with a certain question. Normally when someone asks me, “can I ask you a question?” I have a general idea of what it is. Most people are creating an opening to ask about why I have one hand. But that is not always the case. On very rare occasions the questions goes to a fascinating yet slightly bizarre place.

This question has only been asked of me 5 times in my entire life. Each time it has been deeply sincere and properly proposed. I guess if you are going to ask advice you should ask an expert. I have lived my entire life with one hand and rather enjoy the way that I am. Therefore, I am a good person to ask this specific question.

Show Notes:

  • I have only been asked this questions about 5 times in my entire life.
  • A little bit of insight into understanding and realizing how “less is more.”
  • Uniquely cool and slightly bizarre advice asked and given.

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Why Did a Homeless Tibetan Beggar in China Want to Give Me Money? – OHS022

Picture of A Tibetan Beggar in China wants to give AlejAndro money

While traveling though Tibet and China a homeless Tibetan beggar wants to give AlejAndro money.

I recently traveled for thirty five days in Tibet and China. I was part of the 2017 One Path Outreach Medical Mission. We did medical support and service for a remote village in Eastern Tibet. Afterwards I spent two and a half weeks traveling in China with 8 full days at the Shaolin Temple in Henan province. I flew into the City of Chengdu in the Sichuan province from the United States. After landing in Chengdu, driving for three days to get into Tibet, returning to Chengdu, traveling to Yangshuo then to the Shaolin Temple, I returned to my Chinese “home base” of Chengdu.

Across all my travels I started to realize how people in Tibet and China viewed me as a one handed person. I had many many funny, interesting, and unique interactions with people. Especially a number of beggars and homeless people. This podcast shares some of my crazy cool interactions with the homeless beggars of Tibet and China.

Show Notes:

  • Cool and unique interactions with homeless beggars in Tibet and China.
  • Getting a deeper insight as to the international perceptions of living life with one hand.

Resources:

  • One Path Outreach USA  One Path Outreach is a humanitarian relief program providing health care, education, and basic necessities to remote villages of Eastern Tibet.
  • City of Chengdu – Outreach
  • Shaolin Temple – As a martial artist, Buddhist, and one handed person this was a dream come true.
  • Dzogchen Buddhism USA – The Dzogchen Vajrayana Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. 

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AlejAndro

On a BMX Bicycle Jump to the Moon My Arm Broke Apart in the Air – OHS021

An image of a large homemade BMX ramp.

Here is just a small version of the jump AlejAndro and his childhood friend’s created behind Wendy’s fast food restaurant in South Bend, Indiana. The added extension would most certainly offer “big air.” But after his artificial arm broke in the air it was the landing that AlejAndro was most concerned about sticking.

Growing in South Bend, Indiana I played a lot of organized baseball and I rode my bicycle like there was no tomorrow. For many years I rode by BMX bike to all my games. In fact, I was always riding my bike. That is how we got around. That was my first set of wheels. That was when my life really started at expand. We rode our bike what felt like around the world on a daily basis. I love bicycling.

As kids from the same community we spent a lot of time riding our bikes. BMX racing and bikes became very popular. And as we all started to get our own bike we all started to race and do jumps. Then we started to build out own ramps and jumps. We would ride around the outside the city limits looking and building jumps. Some of us were very good at big air jumps and other of us were not. I was in the not-so-good category. Now was not due to lack of desire or courage to say the least. Some of it was my prosthetic hook and it’s limitations. But I did not let it stop me.

Behind Wendy’s fast food restaurant was a legendary natural dirt jump. Kids from all around would gather to dazzle and be dazzled by the big air skills. Then one day we added an extension to this already huge jump. When I saw it I thought to myself, “with enough speed I am sure I could break the gravitational pull of the earth and land on the moon. So I got to the top of the hill and pedaled as fast and as hard as I could toward the jump and the excited onlookers. I hit the jump at top speed. At the end of the ramp I pulled up as hard as I could. I knew I was pushing my own limits by doing by taking this jump at this speed. But I did not think I would be pushing the limits of my artificial arm. As soon as I left the jump and was flying to the moon my arm broke apart in the air. All I could think was, “this landing is going to suck!” 

Show Notes:

  • Big Air jumps on BMX bikes.
  • Pushing the limits of my artificial arm too far.
  • Bad things happen when you cannot stick the landing.

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Giving Advice On Dating A One Handed Guy – OHS020

Two young girls at a festival are showing the peace sign in appreciating of the advice AlejAndro gave to them about dating a one handed guy.

At the Oregon Country Fair two young girls approached AlejAndro and asked if they could ask a him a question. They wanted inside information on dating a guy with one hand.

I have attended the Oregon Country Fair for 23 years. It has been an important event in my life. I have had many great experiences and have made many life long friends. It is also a festival where people are quite transparent, open, and sincere. Especially children. I must say some of the greatest interactions I have ever had as a one handed person has happened at the Oregon Country Fair. Because of this I have actually looked forward to it in a very one handed way with great joy and anticipation. 

One day at the Oregon Country Fair I was approached by two young teenaged girls. I was just hangin’ out after a musical show looking at the schedule to see what I wanted to do not. I noticed to young girls looking and smiling at me. I smiled back and kept reading the the Oregon Country Fair’s program newsletter call “The Peach Pit.” When I noticed the two of them looking at me again I gave them a really kind and deep smile. The next thing I know these two young girls were right in front of me asking if they could ask me a question. I was slightly stunned by what they wanted to know about my one handed life.

Show Notes:

  • The strangest questions can be asked by strangers.
  • We never know when someone will sincerely ask you for help.
  • Not having two hands has many benefits. And can even have benefits for others.

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