Saturday, August 02, 2008

"The Last Lecture"

It's been pretty warm here this week and I've been staying in a lot but not really on the computer that much. Actually it's not really been that warm but it's been so humid. Any time spent outside is spent sweating with very little effort. I guess the older I get the whimpier I get. When I was a kid it seems I never sweated. I remember my Dad and I working together hoeing tobacco and the sweat would be pouring off his face. Now I know how that feels.

I have been reading The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. Some of you may know who he is. He was a Professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design, at Carneigie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He had pancreatic cancer and did a speech back in September 2007 at CMU which was called "The Last Lecture," which really was his last lecture. You can go
here to see the video. He also did another visit to speak there again to the class of 2008 on May 18. You can go here to see that video. It's very moving. He had a good attitude about life.

It's really not a very long book with only 206 pages. I have read about half of it and it's good. I think he really handled his last days very well with getting things all set up to leave his wife and three young children and living life to the fullest. This book is a best seller so the money from this book will help her along with her finances and bringing up her 3 children.

He passed away on July 25. He was a very inspiring person.



Blogger Peggy said...

I hope I have his courage and strength.

5:27 PM  
Blogger ralph said...

I have seen the video, I am reading the book. Both are powerful in threr own right.
Great sign also.

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Linda in Erie said...

I heard about him somewhere but I can't remember where. Great sign!

9:54 PM  
Blogger Diane@Diane's Place said...

I've seen the video but not read the book. I hope he was a Christian....

Love the sign this week! I'll have to try to remember that one. ;o)

It was 104 here today, and humidity was high enough to wring it out of the air.

Have a blessed Sunday, Rachel. :o)

Love and hugs,


11:28 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

It has been Hunid here, too Rachel...And I just cannot take Humidity anymore...I have always been a perspirer, but it does seem a lot worse as I get older. UGH!

I saw Randy Pausch on Opera quite a while ago...Actually I believe he was on twice over a period of months....! He was incredibly inspiring, and I am going to get the book! Thanks for the reminder, my dear!

12:37 AM  
Blogger sonia a.m. said...

I have seen his story on TV and I was amazing with his courage!

Thanks for your nice comment on my blog. I hope you have a lovely Sunday!
A big hug to you!

4:00 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

Hi Rachel, This guy was amazing. I saw him on t.v. several times and I saw Diane Sawyer interview them also. It has been just as humid here and so dry. My yard crunches when you walk on it. We need a rain bad. I like the sign.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Rachel! I had seen his speech. Very emotional and inspiring. He died too young. I think he had a lot to offer to this world.

As always, great Sunday sign. Lisa

12:37 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I agree with you. That man was a very brave and inspiring person. His wife and kids will love and respect him always. He was so young, and it's such a tragedy for him to have to leave his family because of that awful disease. I saw his speech, and I think he was an amazing man.

I hope you've had a nice weekend.
It's been really hot here and very humid. When it gets over 100 degrees, I just wilt.
Don't sweat too much!!

I will be going to Naomi's this coming Thursday.
I sure wish you'd be there too, also, as well.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

His speeches have been so inspiring...and I did watch Oprah the day he was on there.

Have a wonderful week

I'm planning on getting the book soon to read.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

I so admired that man. I try to remember how he would ask his children when he tucked them in at night, "What's the best thing that happened to you today?"

If we'd all do that, we'd wake up to our blessings.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Sammy said...

Hi Rachel,

I read about Randy Pausch's death, but I'd not heard of him before that. I'll have to check out his book. I've been reading good things about it.

I know just what you mean about the humidity! I can't stand it! When I was younger it wasn't quite so bad, but now in my old age (ha!) I can't take it!

Great sign!

Have a wonderful week,

8:01 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

I took a break, too. I caught up with my reading, and my daughters. Since one is leaving for college in a few weeks, I wanted to just hang out.

I followed the Randy Pausch story. Tragic, yet compelling and inspiring.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Rachel, I've been slacking too on the blogs (July is 'Blogger Slack Month'). I do post but don't read over twice a week right now. Thank you for checking on me last week and finding out you match the Audi TT car, it think it would fit you nicely.

I'll bet his book is inspiring, I have seen him on Good Morning America quite a bit. Church sign--did you see my the picture taken of my GPS on the plane keeping me posted while I was reading the Blogstock book?
BTW, we will have rain tonight and tomorrow from Edward. Tropical rains are all we usually have this summer, we are really dry.

Finally, I do post on Wednesdays and Fridays on my LITTLE PHOT PLACE blog now. Just a picture and perhaps a short word. Most of the pictures will be on my regular blog sooner or later.
But I have a whole set of different readers over there for those.

8:43 AM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Rachel ~ I saw this video and found it EXTREMELY moving. What a great thing to leave to his kids! ~ jb///

12:12 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Rachel, TF and I just bought two copies of that book at Sam's. We are keeping one copy for ourselves and sending the other copy to his dad for his birthday later this month. I loved the book and his last lecture. It was so sad to he that he had died a couple of weeks ago.

He was a very insightful man and his family was lucky to have him...

Love the sign, as usual.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Rachel, forgot to say that we are sweltering down here in Houston too. We have had a lot of rain from Tropical Storm Edourd today and getting soaked, but nothing bad.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Scarlet said...

I caught Randy Pausch on Oprah and did a post on it on my old blog. He was a huge inspiration and the video was thought provoking and touching. I'm sure he'll be missed.

8:18 PM  
Blogger Janell said...

I haven't read The Last Lecture, but from what you said about it, you might like "90 Minutes in Heaven" by Don Piper.

And this is so weird, but I had a dream a couple nights ago about trying to operate a GPS, so your Sunday Sign was very meaningful to me.

7:28 AM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Hi Rachel....Wanted you to know I will be seeing Jamie and her brother later this evening, (as well as tomorrow for Lunch)...8 of those rare 'One-Night-Obce-A-Year' Nightblooming Cereus Flowers are opening tonight...I think they waited just for!
I wish you could be here, too, dear Rachel...Hope you are having a good week, my dear.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Doug Bagley said...

That's a book I've been wanting to buy. I saw Saywer's interviews with him and his wife, inspirational! Reminds me a lot of Tues. with Morrie

6:42 PM  
Blogger TN said...

Hi Rachel, I had not heard of Randy Pausch until his death. I watched the viedo and the library has the book on hold for me. What a testimony he left.

6:05 PM  

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